We have a new 23-year-old addition to our work family. His name is Reid and he works in our finance department. Reid is a strapping and healthy looking young man. You would never think that he wasn’t in perfect health; but illness wears many hats and can slowly tear down your health. I have the pleasure of working with Reid every day, but have not yet sold him on our healthy life style. Reid enjoys and embraces our baking and food preparation for lunch, but that’s about as far as he’s embraced our way of a healthier lifestyle.

Cleaning my office lead to a lesson in gut health

Well, Mama Yapp was cleaning the office Acidaburn and actually looking for dirty cups and glasses to wash. I love a clean office! While I was wiping off Reid’s desk I noticed this wonderful young man had a package of Rolaids sitting on his desk and it was almost empty! EEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK! This poor guy was suffering in my office and I had no idea! I know handling our finances may be challenging at times-especially, as a new growing business-but knew that there was more to his acid reflux than stress. There’s been a problem brewing for years-maybe even since childhood.

We need to focus less on medications and more on balancing gut bacteria

Poor and/or inefficient digestion leads to low stomach acid and is the main cause of many ailments. If you think I’m exaggerating, here is a list of complications associated with low stomach acid:

  • Damage to gut lining
  • Inflammation of gut lining
  • Malabsorption of nutrients
  • Compromised immune system
  • Accumulation of toxins and liver damage
  • Brain damage that may lead to lack of self-control
  • Impaired coordination
  • Aggression
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle weakness and/or damage
  • Pancreatic degeneration
  • Food allergies
  • Slow digestion

Does excess acid cause acid reflux?

It’s funny how people assume acid reflux is normal and not the serious issue it truly is. As Weston Price Organization points out, just because a lot of people take anti-acids, that doesn’t make it healthy. In fact, a healthy gut is actually very acidic and it’s people with low levels of stomach acid that often have compromised immune systems. Why? Because low acid levels promote the growth of sugar and other bad bacteria in your gut. This interferes with your body’s ability to digest efficiently. So even if you eat whole organic foods, thinking you’re being healthy, you may not be addressing the real problem. Low stomach acid turns any fruit you eat into sugar and feeds the bad bacteria in your gut. Unfortunately, this makes your body crave carbohydrates and more sugar causing even more damage. It’s a vicious cycle that causes much harm to your body. Acid reflux is really a sign of poor digestion and may lead to malnutrition! The Weston Price Organization states eating fermented foods improves digestion, supplies live enzymes and adds good bacteria to support digestive health and reduces acid reflux.

It’s been estimated that almost 50% of the US population is affected by acid reflux.

That’s an awful lot of over-the-counter and prescription medicine being sold. No wonder Big Pharma prefers medication rather than natural healing prospects. Dr. Mercola suggests that replenishing your good gut bacteria with fermented foods is one of the first steps to take in healing acid reflux. Many people believe that eating yogurt will help, but he cautions against eating store bought processed yogurt as it is high in sugar and low in live probiotic cultures. Any dairy causes inflammation, so yogurt is just not effective. Dr. Mercola states that there may be very few instances where medication is needed on a short-term basis. Unfortunately, many people stay on medication for years. Consuming acid reflux medication over a long period of time increases your chance of: