Sound nutritional advice for
excess stomach acid,
excess gas and acid reflux.
Think you have excess stomach acid problems? For starters I am going to
shock you by telling you that it is very unlikely that you have excess
stomach acid. For every decade of life adults lose about 13% of their stomach acid which results in maldigestion and promotes
the symptoms of gas, bloating, acid reflux and heartburn. More than 95%
of people who think they are suffering from "acid reflux", excess
gas and poor digestion are actually suffering from a triple threat I call
S.A.D. or "The Standard American Diet." Here is what is most
likely happening to you. First of all, you are probably improperly chewing
and improperly combining foods. One of the best books on this subject is
"Proper Food Combining Works" by Lee DuBelle. If you want permanent
relief Get this book and follow it.
What is really going on in your stomach is not too much acid; it is the
fermentation of undigested foods. Fermentation produces large amounts of gas that push stomach acid and
food back up the esophagus. This is not "acid reflux"; it's a gaseous eruption. Habitual use of antacids or acid blockers like Tagamet, Pepcid AC, or
Zantac may lead to even more complex long term health risks including poor
nutrient absorption, an increased risk of intestinal infections and tumors
of the stomach.
(Drug Safety 12; 120: 1995)
Secondly your system is most likely producing
too little acid. It is the lack of stomach acid which can
cause fermentation. This lack of stomach acid can be assisted by drinking lemon juice with
hot water 20 minutes before a large protein meal (i.e., meat or fish).
If you must eat meat, do not eat a salad before the meal starts. Save it
for desert. If you have a lack of stomach acid, the worst thing you can
have with your steak is a baked potato or bread. There are a number of
natural digestive boosters in the natural products marketplace that can
assist your body with proper digestion. These include: Swedish bitters,
apple cider vinegar, HCL supplements, an east Indian herb called Forskohlii
and a large selection of digestive enzyme supplements produced by various
Your third problem might be chest pains or abdominal pains from too much
gas. This condition is actually coming from your
small intestine, not your stomach. Here is
what is going on. The undigested fermenting food caused by
a lack of stomach acid, poor food combinations
and improper chewing has finally been flushed down from the stomach into the small intestines. Here it continues to ferment causing even more gas due to the fact that it is now under more heat and more pressure. Jet streams of hot gas erupt into and fill the chest cavity or the large intestines, and boy, does it hurt! Lots of people think they are having a heart attack. If the gas is actually
going in the proper direction but you have another undigested meal in your
intestines blocking natures' passage, the pressure of the trapped gas can
double you over in lower abdominal pain.
There is a small sphincter valve located
between the stomach and small intestines
that is supposed to close when food is flushed
into the intestines, but guess what. If there
is too much pressure coming from the gas
released by the fermenting soup, this valve
will often remain open.
The result is Heart Burn!
There is a simple maneuver you can use to manually close this valve and almost instantly reverse the gas flow and stop the heart burn. Be careful with this knowledge, because, if this secret gets out, it will put a lot of people who make a living selling anti-acids out of work.
(1) Stand up straight and put the middle finger of your right hand on your
(2) lay your right hand down across your tummy so that your palm is resting
just below the right rib cage.
(3) Push into the right side of your tummy firmly with the palm of your
right hand and
(4) jerk your middle finger up 45 degrees toward your left shoulder without removing your right palm from the body.
If you perform this maneuver correctly, you will notice an immediate change
in the direction of the gas. Very quickly the pressure will ease in your
chest as the gas there dissipates and the gas in natures passage will increase.
If this maneuver does not work the first time, try moving your palm down
slightly or slightly left or right. Sometimes it takes two or three attempts
to get it correct.
The lemon juice, digestive aids and the hand maneuver are only patches
on this problem. The cure is proper food combining and your own desire
to improve your health and rid yourself of lots of future grief.
Please also read our webpage on healthy eating suggestions.