Three Steps to Naturally Boost Stomach Acid and Reduce Acid Reflux:
Here are my three steps to naturally boost your stomach acid and how to stop acid reflux. These are my personal recommendations that I have found helpful for many of my own digestive issues.
I. Build Healthy Gut Flora
Step one is to restore the balance of healthy gut bacteria in your gut. This is by far the most important step to solving any of your digestive issues.
Many of us have a serious imbalance of gut bacteria in our microbiome. Due to a backdrop of many not-so-ideal circumstances (such as a lack of proper inoculation of beneficial bacteria at birth, excessive antibiotic usage, an imbalanced diet, environmental toxins and chemicals etc etc) we have far more pathogenic bacteria microbes than beneficial microbes.
What’s the solution? Make probiotics top priority. Eat a variety of fermented foods regularly and/or take a probiotic supplement. This will bring balance to your gut flora and naturally eliminate pathogens and bacteria such as H. Pylori without using harmful antibiotics.
Fermented foods are unbelievable superfoods for your gut health. They aid in digestion by providing enzymes to break down and assimilate the nutrients from your food. They also are powerful chelators helping your body detox heavy metals and toxins safely.
II. Eat for Optimal Health and Digestion
Step two in how to stop acid reflux, heartburn and the endless list of other digestive issues begins with eating for optimal health and digestion.
Focus on consuming lots of veggies and whole, unprocessed foods, buying organic where it counts. Avoid consuming large amounts of sugar and processed food as it upsets the balance of bacteria in your gut. You would be wise to avoid certain foods that are known to trigger acid reflux such as caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine products.
Regarding optimal digestion, it might be wise for you to keep a food journal for a few weeks on what you are eating at each meal and how you felt a few hours later.
Just keep it simple, jotting down the list of foods you ate. You might be surprised at what you learn. Food allergies are a surprisingly common culprit for many digestion issues, specifically an intolerance to gluten and dairy.
III. How To Boost Stomach Acid Production Naturally:
1. Drink a ‘shot’ of Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon juice in water 30 minutes before a meal. Start with 1 teaspoon and work up to a Tablespoon (if necessary) diluting with a few ounces of water.
2. Get in ‘Rest and Digest Mode’ before a meal. Try to avoid slamming down your food as this causes difficulty for your digestion.
3. Make sure you CHEW your food. Chewing sends signals to your stomach that food is coming. In response, your stomach produces and releases stomach acid. By simply taking time to thoroughly chew your food, you give your body the chance to produce and release more stomach acid naturally. A good rule of thumb is to aim for 20-30 chews before swallowing.
4. Use a high quality unprocessed sea salt such as Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to give your body Chloride, the building block to make hydrochloric acid.
5. Consume raw sauerkraut before eating. Raw Sauerkraut cabbage juice is one of the strongest stimulants for producing stomach acid. When introducing for the first time, be sure to start with as little as 1 teaspoon before eating and then gradually work up to 1/4-1/2 cup per day.
6. Take a Betaine Hydrochloric Supplement. This will boost your body’s production of stomach acid as well as help kill pathogens such as the H. pylori bacteria. Take Betaine HCL and Pepsin at the beginning of your meal with protein.
Dr. Mercola recommends taking as many capsules as you need until you feel a slight burning sensation and then decrease by one capsule. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to consult a functional medicine doctor. One side note, do not take this supplement if you have stomach ulcers as it will cause pain and aggravation.
7. Drink Ginger Root Tea. Ginger is the superstar for digestive aid and even has been shown to suppress H. pylori bacteria and prevent the formation of stomach ulcers. Wow! To make a tea, put 2 to 3 slices of raw ginger in a mug of hot water and steep for about 15 minutes. Add fresh squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon and drink 20 minutes before eating.
That’s All, Folks!
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