Do you suffer from stomach upset, heartburn, indigestion or acid reflux? Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, otherwise known as GERD, is one of the most common digestive disorders that plagues people. It is estimated to affect up to 30 million people in the U.S. and 10% of those individuals experience discomfort daily.
GERD occurs when stomach acid or bile flows back into your food pipe or esophagus. This acidic backwash irritates the lining of the esophagus and causes uncomfortable symptoms.
Symptoms of GERD are heartburn, indigestion, regurgitation, chest discomfort, sore throat, asthma, coughing, throat clearing, bad breath and loss of tooth enamel.
Complications of long term GERD can be dangerous. GERD can lead to difficulty swallowing, chronic inflammation, ulcers and even esophageal cancer.
Most of the time the problem is too little stomach acid production. Unfortunately, most doctors think it’s just the opposite and prescribe over the counter antacids like Tums, Maylox and Mylanta or medications to reduce acid production like Pepsid AC or Zantac, or proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec and Prevacid to block stomach acid production altogether. The problem is now never going to go away and that is why many people end up taking these medications for the remainder of their lives with no real relief. The root of the problem has not been addressed.
The key to good health is not only excellent nutrition from a clean and varied diet, but proper digestion so you can break down, assimilate and absorb those nutrients from your food! What good is a perfectly clean diet if you aren’t even absorbing your vitamins and nutrients? Too low of stomach acid production will severely impact your health by causing low nutrient absorption, poor digestion, bloating, gas, constipation, food allergies, toxicity and overall poor health. The bandaid approach from your doctor to decrease stomach acid even further doesn’t seem like the best solution to this problem. Of course, always discuss with your doctor first before making any changes to your health regimen.
This tonic below can help your body to start to produce more hydrochloric acid on it’s own, and in about three weeks time there’s a very good chance you may not need those antacids anymore! It will also help alkalinize your body at the same time.
1-2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
First thing in the morning upon awakening, mix together the apple cider vinegar and water and drink up! Start off with one tablespoon and work your way up to two tablespoons. This should be done daily for three weeks straight for best results.
Note: You can also take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a quarter cup of water, 30 minutes before meals for better digestion as well. Read more on ACV’s amazing health benefits here.
Please comment below and let me know how this tonic worked for you!
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