Heartburn, also known as “acid indigestion” or “acid reflux”, is an irritation of the esophagus caused by acid that comes up from the stomach. Acid causes a burning discomfort that is felt in the chest area just behind the breastbone. Probable causes of heartburn include excess stomach acid (hyperacidity), overeating, eating processed foods, drinking carbonated beverages, wearing restrictive clothing, and, most commonly, not enough stomach acid. If heartburn symptoms are worse when lying down, hiatal hernia may be the cause.
Without enough acid to protect it, the stomach is infiltrated and colonized by bacteria, parasites and other pathogens. Rampant bacteria putrefy food in the stomach, producing volatile gasses and fatty acids. The difference in pressure between the high pressure in the stomach as a result of excess gas buildup and the pressure exerted by the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) forces acid from the stomach up into the esophagus. Low stomach acid also results in high pressure in the stomach because gastric emptying and digestion are delayed, leading to a heavy feeling after eating and more pressure on the LES.
Renew Life’s Solution For Heartburn / Acid Reflux
symptoms of heartburn
low stomach acid
Kill harmful bacteria
which cause heartburn
- Test for food allergies.
- Eat slowly and chew your food well.
- Ensure you are drinking enough water throughout the day (while avoiding water with meals).
- Limit alcohol intake, and avoid smoking.
- Do not lie down after eating; try to keep your upper body in an upright position.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- If heartburn occurs when you are trying to sleep, try raising the top part of the bed to avoid lying completely flat.