Heartburn is a frustrating yet common condition millions of people suffer from every day. Contrary to popular belief, heart burn is not caused by too much acid in the stomach – it’s actually caused by too little.
When food is difficult to digest, such as junk food or processed foods, it sits in the stomach and eventually creates back pressure. That pressure pushes acid back up through the esophagus, creating what we know as heartburn. Unfortunately, we have been taught that when this happens, taking an antacid is the solution. Symptoms may subside temporarily, but they are only suppressing the problem, not correcting it.
Causes of Heartburn
- Too little acid associated with poor diet, age, or genetics
- Taking medications
- Hiatal hernia
- Poor diet and lifestyle choices
Sufferers of heartburn often describe their symptoms as a burning sensation in the back of the throat and chest, tightness, having a bitter taste in their mouth, bad breath, feelings of nausea, and belching after meals.
The best way to eliminate heartburn is to eliminate stressors on the body that are damaging the gastric juices and replace them with nourishing foods and supplements to restore proper digestive function. Stressors such as prescription drugs, antacids, alcohol, caffeine, and processed foods disrupt the body’s natural abilities to break down food.
At Whole Body Health, we treat our patients who have heartburn by incorporating healing foods in their diet and using supplements such as Stomach Juice or Digestive Enzymes. Lifestyle modification and education are key in promoting balance in the body to help you eliminate symptoms of this life-altering, frustrating disorder.