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Rebuild your Stomach Acid


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It’s Good for You!

That heartburn, acid reflux, and even GERD you may have suffered with or currently suffer with, is actually caused by LACK of stomach acid—not having too much!

Your stomach acid is your friend! It has a job—multiple jobs. Here are just a few:

  • Breakdown & digest your food properly so your body can absorb nutrients for your health.
    • The effects of not absorbing nutrients can be a chapter in itself. Just think of one example of not being able to absorb calcium. Think about your bones, teeth, and more. Many people that take PPI’s (Proton Pump Inhibitors) to inhibit stomach acid production end up with osteoporosis.
  • Your body’s first defense against bacteria and pathogens that can get into your body through everyday food and drink.
  • Undigested food wreaks havoc on your body as it passes through your digestive system from undigested proteins getting into your blood stream through a condition called “Leaky Gut”—which compromises your immune system causing chronic diarrhea and other issues.

When you have acid reflux/heartburn, it is not too much stomach acid causing the direct problem. It is your stomach acid coming up through your esophagus when a muscular valve, called the lower esophageal valve, relaxes incorrectly and allows the acid in your stomach to flow backwards. It can also be caused by undigested food—due to low stomach acid—coming back up through the valve into your esophagus. 

We encourage you to not stop your PPI’s cold turkey or you cold find yourself experiencing a severe rebound of your symptoms and end up with a worse condition than before.

Nutritional therapy that combines a supplemental protocol to heal your digestion along with diet and lifestyle changes will help you work with your body to get off your PPI completely!

 

Hydro-zyme (Hydrochloric Acid w/enzymes) - 1 bottle

Gastrazyme (Supports healing of GI tract) - 2 bottles

HCL-Ease (Gastroesophogeal Support) - 1 bottle

 

Phase 1: Weaning Off (1-2 weeks)

Take your regular dose of your PPI medication every other day for 1-2 weeks as your symptom levels allow. If your symptoms become beyond your tolerable level, take 1/2 a dose daily for a few days. Then wean back to a reduced dose every other day.

During this weaning time, use these stomach-healing nutrients DAILY:

  • HCL-Ease - Two (2) with every meal
  • Gastrazyme - Three (3) with every meal
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) - 1-2 Tbsp, diluted in 4 oz of warm water, before every meal.

On the OFF days from your PPI medication:

If you are having intolerable acid reflux:

  • Eat a few bites of protein

OR

  • Drink a small amount of baking soda in water (1 tsp baking soda in 4 oz of room temperature water). Or try plain seltzer water to calm your stomach. This will alkalize your digestive juices, which is a bit of a back-step, so please only use for temporary relief and as little as possible.

 

PHASE 2: Discontinuing OTC Acid Reflux Medications (1 week)

When you can tolerate occasional symptoms on your OFF days, the next step is to go completely off your OTC medication and begin the process of rebuilding your digestive juices.

If reflux symptoms are still present after a meal, use either 1-2 additional Hydro-zyme or Apple Cider Vinegar (1-2 Tbsp in 4 oz. of warm water). If this does not give you some relief, we will need to do the HCL challenge to see if you need more HCL supplement until you have rebuilt an adequate amount of your own stomach acid.

 

PHASE 3: Determine your need for an HCL Supplement

After the 1 week of Phase 2, we will have you do the HCL challenge. If you are needing more than 5-10 of the Hydro-zyme, we will recommend the Betaine PLUS HP for a stronger dose of HCL to limit the amount of capsules you have to take. 

Add a good Probiotic, like our BIO-DOPH, to your daily regiment. This will add the good, healthy bacteria to your digestive system.

CAUTION—stop supplements if you experience an allergic reaction, such as rashes, hives, congestion.

 

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Slow down and relax during meals. 
  • Chew your food thoroughly.
  • Eliminate processed foods and artificial sweeteners.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Consider incorporating Intermittent Fasting (IF) into your life.
  • Eliminate or reduce foods that can cause allergic/inflammatory effects: refined carbohydrates, grains/gluten, dairy—as well as reduce caffeine and alcohol as much as possible. Consider taking the FIT (Food Inflammation Test) to identify foods that your body is reacting to.
  • Add organic, locally grown raw vegetables to every meal whenever you can.
  • Drink bone broth regularly.
  • Replace regular table salt with mineral-packed unprocessed salt like Himalayan or sea salt.

 

LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Give yourself 2-3 hours after eating to properly digest your food before laying down to sleep.
  • Light exercise such as walking, yoga, etc.
  • Manage stress through things like, meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, laughing, etc.

 

 

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