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Stomach Acid

Understanding what reflux really is

By | Digestion, Gut Health, Health

It is common to experience reflux from time to time if we overeat or indulge in rich foods but it is not normal. If our digestion is running smoothly and we practice clean eating then it shouldn’t happen at all.

  • If you get reflux more than twice per week you might have gastroesophageal reflux disease also known as GORD
  • Reflux occurs when the contents of our stomach flows upwards into the oesophagus and in some cases even spilling up into our throat and mouth
  • Unlike our stomach which has a special lining that protects it from the highly acidic environment that stomach acid provides, our oesophagus is NOT designed to come into contact with acid. Acid burns the mucosa and if you have ever experienced severe reflux you won’t forget the burning in your throat & chest in a hurry
  • The lower oesophageal sphincter contracts to let food into the stomach but not out, when this sphincter isn’t working properly it can allow back flow up into the oesophagus.
  • Physical abdominal pressure affects lower oesophageal sphincter function. This can be caused by:
    – Obesity
    – Bad posture when eating
    – Overeating
    – Eating too fast
    – Consuming trigger foods like high refined carbohydrate or fatty meals, alcohol, spicy
    food, soft drink, tomato rich foods, garlic & onion.

So why would your lower oesophageal sphincter malfunction?

Low stomach acid is disastrous for good digestion. It creates a more alkaline environment where bacteria can thrive in the small intestine and impairs the release of enzymes that help us break down carbohydrates. Carbohydrate malabsorption and bacterial overgrowths in the small intestine both cause the production of large quantities of gas. This also creates physical abdominal pressure from beneath the stomach that affects the lower oesophageal sphincter’s ability to remain contracted and keep stomach contents where it belongs. 

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Do you actually have low stomach acid?

By | Digestion, Gut Health, Health, Nutritional

Last week we established why stomach acid is NOT the bad guy but in fact essential to your health. This week I explore the common symptoms I see that are major red flags for low stomach acid. 

  • Do you suffer with a full uncomfortable feeling inbetween your ribs after eating? Burping, acid reflux, nausea, heartburn, bloating and distension within around 60 minutes of eating are all red flags that your stomach is struggling to do its job
  • Have you been diagnosed with Helicobacter pylori? This infection can seriously impede your body’s ability to produce stomach acid
  • Due to lowered absorption of nutrients you may also have brittle & peeling fingernails, hair loss or thinning hair, white zinc spots on your fingernails or fatigue
  • Greasy and floating stools with visible food particles are a sign that your digestion is impaired which is often due to lowered levels of stomach acid
  • You may have noticed that you seem to be more susceptible to food poisoning or gastro infections too 

    Does this sound familiar?

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Why stomach acid is not the bad guy

By | Gut Health, Health, Nutritional


Why stomach acid is not the bad guy

Have you been led to believe that stomach acid is causing you discomfort?
Adequate stomach acid keeps our stomach highly acidic so it can perform necessary functions like:

  • Maintaining an acidic environment that protects us from food poisoning and other bacteria and pathogens that might otherwise make us sick
  • Breaking down our food so that our digestive system can extract and absorb the nutrients it requires to keep us healthy
  • Keeps our digestive fire strong so that our meals don’t sit stagnant in our gut causing uncomfortable symptoms like reflux and bloatingDo you think you might have low stomach acid?

Join me next week as I share the common red flags I see in people with low stomach acid.


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