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Gastrointestinal Reflux (Heartburn) -Roger Mason
Another chronic health epidemic in America- land of the rich, that used to be free. Heartburn (aka GERD) affects over 60 million Americans, most all of whom are adults. Heartburn affects three times as many men as women. About 40% of adults experience heartburn at least once or twice a month. You may know the feeling- regurgitating your food, that sour, acid taste in your throat, burning feeling in your throat, and even trouble swallowing. The cause is stomach acid escaping up into the esophagus (food tube). The acid will quickly damage the sensitive esophagus- which is not meant to come in contact with stomach acid at all. People with GERD have 43 times the chance of getting esophageal cancer! 4,300% more chance of cancer! There is a valve separating the esophagus from the stomach, but it weakens as we age. This condition is caused by eating the wrong foods over a long period of time, and eating far too much food. This is why we rarely see children with the problem. There are two specific things that are, by far, the biggest cause of heartburn- COFFEE and ALCOHOL. Take coffee and alcohol out of your life, and you'll probably cure your heartburn almost immediately. Most anyone who has had too much to drink, or picked up a coffee habit, knows the feeling of heartburn. This can be a chronic and very disturbing condition when it happens every day. These two factors are the major cause, more than any other factor- COFFEE AND ALCOHOL. Hot, spicy foods, such as pepper sauce, black pepper, curries, and Thai food also aggravate this condition. Still another cause is our meat based diet. We eat 42% fat calories, nearly all from saturated animal fats. Fats are much harder to digest than proteins or carbohydrates, and strain the stomach. A low fat diet will go a long way in helping you. Yet another consideration is acidic food, especially all citrus fruit and tomatoes. No more tomato, orange, or grapefruit juice in the morning, and no more red sauces on your pasta. (Read the Nomato Sauce article.)Take citrus and tomatoes out of your life.
Do not take aluminum containing antacids like Maalox®. For TEMPORARY, occasional relief just take plain old baking soda. Put a teaspoonful in a glass of water and drink it (doesn't taste too bad, and works almost instantly). Or buy the sodium bicarbonate tablets in the drug store. Remember that all antacids neutralize stomach acid, so you can no longer properly digest your food. This is not an answer to your problem at all, but merely a suggestion for TEMPORARY relief, until you change your diet and eat better foods and your esophagus heals.
Eat only macrobiotic food. Eat two meals a day. Don't eat out much. Take your lunch to work. Don't cheat. Fast every week. Read the article Good Health Begins with Good Digestion.