Heartburn, also called acid reflux, is an irritation of the esophagus, caused by acid rising from the stomach. Sufferers describe heartburn as a burning discomfort felt in the chest just beneath the breastbone. The burning sensation results when harsh stomach juices encounter the delicate lining of the esophagus.
Additional symptoms include:
Heartburn is often part of a larger complex of symptoms known as dyspepsia or indigestion. The medical term used for chronic heartburn is GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).
Reflux occurs when the muscle that connects the esophagus to the upper portion of the stomach malfunctions, allowing partially digested food along with hydrochloric acid and enzymes to flow backward into the esophagus.
Food, typically spicy foods or citrus fruit, gets most of the blame for triggering heartburn, but there can be many other contributing factors:
It is important to note that about 90% of all heartburn is caused by the body producing too little stomach acid. Only 10% of heartburn is caused by too much stomach acid.
Frequent heartburn can severely impact the productivity, daily activities, and quality of life of those who experience it. GERD can result in very serious gastrointestinal problems such as the following:
If you suffer from heartburn, you should relieve the symptoms as they occur to avoid permanent damage. Your esophagus and stomach lining will need time to heal. In the long term, you may need to supplement with digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid in order to assist the body with the entire digestive process. What you do not want to do is to stop gastric secretions of stomach acid for a long period of time which is what pharmaceuticals and acid-blocking drugs do.
While these acid-blocking drugs may be necessary in some cases, most people can control heartburn naturally while simultaneously improving their overall digestive health. Your Colon Hydrotherapist will help you find the sources of your heartburn and recommend any supplements that can help.
Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or pure lemon juice on an empty stomach.
The more teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice you need to take to feel a mild warming sensation, the lower your HCL level.