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Friday, December 28, 2012

natural help for heartburn

America is the heartburn nation.  The pharmaceutical companies have targeted the market with medications to reduce acid or the production of acid in the gut.  But what causes heartburn to begin with?  Why does the medication work for a little while and then a newer, stronger medication is needed to keep the pain in check?

Unless you try an elimination diet, there is no way to  be completely certain of the root cause of heartburn.  The causes can vary, depending on the person.  Food intolerance sand food allergies seem to be surfacing among many individuals as the food industries continue their relentless amending and "refining" of perfectly healthful food.

Some encouragement for heartburn victims - You have a smart body!  Your digestive tract is telling you that you are eating non-edible, food-like substances and that it can't use what you are eating.  Your body is giving you intelligent information in response to what you eat.  The next question for you is: What are you going to do with what your body is saying to you?

"Real change" is the solution to heartburn.  You can't just eliminate, for example, your diet Coke to see if artificial sweeteners are to blame.  You have to read every ingredient that you put in your mouth, from chewing gum to toothpaste in order to eliminate every artificial sweetener you touch.  In fact, the best way to rule out heartburn's cause is to eat a completely plant based, whole food, soy-free diet.  No meat, dairy, cheese, processed food or restaurant food!  You will need to cook your own food.  After a few days, perhaps only 24 hours later, you may notice a decrease in heartburn.  If you choose to add food choices outside of the plant-based spectrum, add only one ingredient per 24 hours in order to evaluate your GI response.  (Be careful that you add only one ingredient and not one processed food item that has 2-20 ingredients).  Keep a log as you do this, noting what food you add and any reactions.   

Possible dietary causes of heartburn
  • Sugar
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Hidden MSG - see below for a list of ingredient names for msg
  • Dairy products
  • Refined wheat flour
  • Animal protein
  • Soy products - very hard to digest unless naturally fermented
  • Soybean oil
  • Artificial sweeteners - note that these are in many OTC antacid medicines
  • Sulfites - usually in the form of additives for preservative purpose 
  • Prescription medications
  • OTC pain relievers
  • Some OTC supplement gel caps or tab coatings
  • Constipation or slow food transit time causing acidic GI tract (see following video)
 Digestion and Colon Care / Removing the Mystery Behind Disease
For more videos giving thorough explanations of healing through nutrition, go to http://amazingdiscoveries.tv/c/93/Removing_the_Mystery_Behind_Disease/

The following video is a "star-McDougaller" from www.drmcdougall.com.  He tells of his experience with heartburn among other health issues and the reversal he experienced after changing to a plant based diet.  His story is encouraging to those who resist the thought of giving up comfort foods.

If you are suffering from heartburn and are looking for some answers, you have just heard them.  You have a choice:  
1. to follow your tongue, eat whatever you want and pay the consequences in your body or 
2. eat the foods that will promote healing, prevent esophageal cancer and give you freedom from the constant battle with heartburn.

Ingredients always containing MSG:
Glutamic acid or Glutamate (E 620)
Monosodium glutamate (E 621)
Monopotassium glutamate (E 622)
Calcium glutamate (E 623)
Monoammonium glutamate (E 624)
Magnesium glutamate (E 625)
Natrium glutamate
Anything “hydrolyzed”
Any “hydrolyzed protein”
Calcium caseinate, Sodium caseinate
Gelatin, Textured protein
Yeast food , Yeast nutrient
Autolyzed yeast, Yeast extract
Vetsin, Ajinomoto

Ingredients often containing or producing MSG:
Bouillon, Broth, Stock
Whey protein
Whey protein isolate or concentrate
Citric acid, Maltodextrin
Barley malt, Malt extract
Pectin, Protease
Soy sauce, Soy sauce extract
Soy protein, Soy protein isolate
Soy protein concentrate
Any “flavors” or “flavoring”
Anything “enzyme modified”
Anything containing “enzymes”
Anything “ultra-pasteurized”
Anything “protein fortified” 
Anything “fermented”

Ingredients that are clues to the presence of MSG:
Disodium 5’-guanylate (E 627)
Disodium 5’-inosinate (E 631)
Disodium 5'-ribonucleotides (E 635)

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