15: Treating Heartburn and GORD

Do you ever feel indigestion after eating? Have you experienced that burning sensation in your chest? Perhaps you worried you were having a heart attack so you went to the doctor, got it checked out and he has now told you "You have heart burn, take an ant-acid or PPI and you'll just have to live with it”. If this is you, you’re not alone. Research shows that heartburn and GORD affect 1 in 4 Australians and can range from being annoying and uncomfortable through to debilitating, greatly reducing quality of life.

In this episode Angela uncovers the key drivers for this condition and how we can utilise diet, lifestyle and natural supplementation to greatly reduce and even resolve the symptoms. Angela also explores the vitally important difference between too much stomach acid and too little stomach acid, both of which can cause the same symptoms of heartburn, and how taking a PPI or ant-acid can actually be more detrimental if you are in the majority of people who have too little acid.

5 Steps To Recovery:

  1. Improve diet – reduce fatty foods, chocolate, alcohol, spicy foods and acidic foods such as oranges, caffeinated and soft drinks. Beware also of large carbohydrate meals. Increase protein content to aid strengthening of connective tissues (ie. spinchter tone) 0.8 – 1g protein per / 1 kg of body weight, Increase fresh fruit and vegetable content. Use wholegrain carbohydrates.

  2. Weight loss

  3. Stress reduction

  4. 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon before meals to help lower stomach pH

  5. If necessary include naturopathic supplementation for a time - enzymes and digestive support as well as soothing, demulcent herbs and bitters.

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