GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease)
Conventional wisdom says: Heartburn is a minor problem caused by excess acid production in a person’s stomach, and is easily dealt with by digesting a Tums lozenge or a similar candy-like product. When the problem becomes really painful, we “graduate” to proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec or Nexium to curtail excess acid production.
Now The Calcium Lie 2 reveals:
In fact, most heartburn is caused when we can’t properly digest our food, especially protein, because of a lack of sufficient stomach acid, and most “anti-heartburn” medications actually worsen the protein digestion problem by suppressing the production of needed stomach acid.
Here’s some additional information you’ll learn about GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) by reading The Calcium Lie by Dr. Robert Thompson and Kathleen Barnes.
– Although many people, including doctors, often dismiss heartburn as simply a minor nuisance, it is often the first sign of a major system failure that can lead to a baffling cascade of deadly health problems. Most doctors erroneously tell patients complaining of heartburn or “acid indigestion” that the condition is caused by excess acid production in the stomach. In fact, most often the reality is that we cannot properly digest our food because we do not have enough stomach acid, being released at the right time to do the job properly.
– Low acid production, causing 44 million Americans to complain of heartburn at least once a month, is very common. An adequate level of stomach acid is essential to digestion and to the absorption of many vital nutrients, including protein and minerals.
– Stomach acid production declines with age, which is why more than 50% of people over the age of 50 complain of heartburn.
– Seemingly unrelated diseases like hypertension, depression, anxiety, migraines and insomnia are most often related to the failure of stomach acid production and poor protein digestion.
– In order to produce stomach acid (hydrocholoric acid), the body needs sodium chloride, which is found in salt. Sodium chloride is the body’s only source of chloride, the source of hydrochloric acid in the stomach’s acid producing cells, called parietal cells. Remarkably, sea salt contains 85% sodium chloride and 15% other minerals , which is exactly what we need in order to produce adequate levels of stomach acid in exactly the right proportions. (The minerals we obtain through sea salt provide many other benefits too, of course.)
– Millions of people make a conscious effort to minimize or avoid salt in their diet, and this is most often a dangerous mistake. Due to insufficient salt consumption, we are losing our digestive abilities and losing the ability to produce stomach acid correctly, the ability to digest protein, the ability to get amino acids into our cells and the ability to produce protein molecules, neurotransmitters and nitric oxide, leading to a whole host of nutritional related diseases.
To learn more about GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease), read The Calcium Lie 2.