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Heartburn drugs may provide little relief.
The standard protocol for heartburn is a cocktail of antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor (PPI).
At one point in time, no one believed that any living organism could survive the highly acidic environment of the stomach. This all changed in 1982 when Dr. Barry Marshall drank an entire beaker teeming with H. pylori. A week later he developed gastritis, or in other words, inflammation of the stomach. This changed the minds of the medical community.
Reduced stomach acid means that carbohydrates are less likely to break down and more likely to feed bacteria, causing overgrowth in the small intestine (SIBO). In addition, the pathogenic bacterium called H. pylori favors a low-acid environment and produces its own chemicals in order to reduce stomach acid.
Knowing what not to eat is half the battle. In addition to following the steps of the Body Ecology diet, when healing heartburn, limit or remove:
When healing heartburn, it is important to follow the Body Ecology Principle of 80/20. Following this principle gives little chance for foods to ferment in the gut and contribute to heartburn.
Be sure and include these foods when healing heartburn:
1. Fermented Foods: Several studies have found Lactobacillus, commonly found in fermented foods, to be extremely effective as a preventative measure against heartburn. The most economical way to get Lactobacillus into the diet is to ferment your own vegetables at home using the Body Ecology Veggie Culture Starter. Homemade fermentation offers an extraordinary amount of active, living microbes. Also, drinking a few ounces of a fermented beverage, like Body Ecology InnergyBiotic, inoculates the gut with a wide spectrum of beneficial microbes.
2. Bone Broth: Bone broth and soups made with bone broth can help to rebuild the mucosal lining of the stomach.
3. Vitality SuperGreen: Body Ecology Vitality SuperGreen is another excellent source of glutamine!
In addition to consuming traditional foods, like cultured vegetables, fermented beverages, and bone broth, it is essential to support the production of HCL (stomach acid) with an HCL supplement.
Heartburn drugs are not the solution to remedy heartburn. Most people use over-the-counter antacids to relieve heartburn, leaving them at a 50% increased risk for bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.
H. pylori are pathogenic microbes that are largely responsible for stomach ulcers and heartburn. H. pylori reduce stomach acidity and cause infection. Antacids also contribute to reducing stomach acid to cause heartburn.
To relieve heartburn naturally, it is important to eat fermented foods to populate the gut with healthy bacteria to relieve inflammation in the stomach. Bone broth is also beneficial to rebuild the mucosal lining of the stomach. Last of all, Body Ecology Vitality SuperGreen is a top source of glutamine to provide metabolic fuel to the small intestine.
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