Inside Scoop on Reflux and Gastritis

health lifestyle Mar 07, 2022
Dr Cheryl Kam - Blog - Functional medicine coach - Singapore - Inside Scoop on Reflux and Gastritis

I've taught about Brain, Sleep, Toxins...now we're onto gut health.

When this basic function is down, everything else slides down with it.

When you can't digest well, you can't absorb the most basic of nutrients and building blocks your body needs to survive...

 

And the thing about gut health is the terrible way it's understood by the mainstream...

 

You see, one of the more common causes of gut health issues is LOW stomach acidity.

This causes a low digestive ability. A poor digestive fire, so to speak.

When the stomach acid is not acidic enough, the body compensates by creating more of this low quality acid.

When more acid is produced, it refluxes up the oesophagus and causes symptoms of heartburn, burping and bloating.

Knowing this, would you think it's better to increase the digestive ability by increasing the quality of hydrochloric acid?

Yet...what is the first line approach for symptoms of heartburn, acid reflux, gatritis?

STOP THE ACID

Typically done with a class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) such as Omeprazole, Nexium, Pantoprazole, Pariet...

What happens next? Less acid, Less acidity, Less digestive power!

 

More reasons why acid lowering drugs are bad news


It's associated with higher risks of chronic kidney disease (1), autoimmunity (2), absolutely thins your bones (3), is linked to dementia (4) and heart attacks (5)

A very likely root cause of all the above is the fact that low acidity reduces the body's ability to absorb nutrients from food or supplements, causing all those downstream effects and decline.

Gastric acid HCL is required to create a low PH where harmful germs cannot survive. Reducing this is linked to higher rates of dysbiosis and gut infections.

Have you heard of rebound gastritis? When someone tries to stop their acid lowering meds, it greatly worsens their reflux symptoms. This occurs for those who have been on it for over 3 months. It's tough to wean once your on it!
Band-aids and quick fixes have its place.

But some of them are just too nasty to consider for longer than a week in my opinion.

I hope you've learned something today, and also realise that something is really wrong about how the system is wired about health.

 


 

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