Many people who have symptoms of reflux and heartburn, has low, rather than high, stomach acid. I’ve been fighting the misconception that reflux is caused by excessive stomach acid for over 30 years. When, in fact, the opposite occurs, especially when you get older like me. Your stomach goes flat, and you need to prop it up, get it working better.
There are several good ways of increasing stomach acid, including:
1. Chew food better: Chewing leads to better bowel movements. People who chew better, poop better. Lots of people today don’t chew their food properly. They have dental issues, they could have gum disease, or lack of teeth, or problems with their mouth. If you’ve got an issue, you need to get that checked out. Just by chewing food properly and breaking it down to small particle size, you’re greatly increasing the surface area of the food, and therefore improving digestion and absorption.
2. Smaller portion sizes: Get smaller plates. You might be overeating food. Just get smaller plate sizes. Smaller portion sizes make it easier for the stomach to work.
3. Eat less: Eating less food, skipping a meal occasionally, and generally eating a lot lighter is much easier on your stomach.
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4. Reduce stress: It’s incredible how much stress can explain poor stomach function. I see this all the time in our clinical practice. Stress redirects blood flow towards the limbs rather than the digestive tract. Reduced circulation will slow down activity in the stomach.
5. Include acids in your diet: Have acids like apple cider vinegar, acetic acid, and good quality lemon if you want to improve your digestive system. These acids improve your body’s ability to both produce acid and slowly break down food. Acids are cleansing and stimulate the function of the upper GI tract. They also improve pancreatic function.
6. Consider taking digestive enzymes: There are lots of options when it comes to digestive enzymes. You could take betaine hydrochloride, pepsin, or a broad-spectrum digestive enzyme mix. I suggest checking out my product, CanXida Restore. CanXida Restore includes both digestive enzymes and probiotics.
7. Use honey to improve stomach function: Many types of honey, not just Manuka, will improve stomach function. Good quality, raw honey has antibacterial properties and can help treat Helicobacter pylori in the stomach. Obviously, if you’ve got a bad Candida problem, or you really react to sugars, you’ll need to be careful about having honey.
8. Deal with any gastric infections: If you have harmful bacteria in your stomach, it needs to be addressed to optimize stomach function. You can get a breath test done to see if you have a stomach infection. CanXida Restore can help eradicate H. pylori of the stomach.