Stomach acid is also our first line of defence in killing viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. H.pylori for example, is a common bacteria that can proliferate in a stomach with low acid and cause inflammation leading to ulcers and GERD.
Hint: Low stomach acid is the main cause of indigestion and Acid Reflux.
Medical science would have us believe that Acid Reflux is the result of too much stomach acid and will prescribe antacids. Unfortunately chronic antacid use can cause low stomach acid and make the problem worse – it becomes a vicious cycle
I am suggesting that Acid Reflux is actually caused by not enough stomach acid.
Hear me out.
If you don’t have enough stomach acid, food digests much more slowly and incompletely, which can lead to fermentation and lots of gas.
What happens during fermentation? Yup, you got it, it bubbles up and expands along with the stomach acid that you do have – right up into the esophagus.
*If you are on a prescription for antacids please don’t stop taking them without consulting your doctor. Work with a practitioner that can help you wean off of them and address the underlying root cause.