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Here is something that everybody seems to talk about, is heartburn or reflux, or stuff coming up. So here’s a question I got from a guy in the States. Where is it again? Yeah. Well, this guy basically wants to know what’s keeping him up at night. He keeps getting this heartburn all the time, this acid reflux. I can’t understand why people suffer from this kind of problem really. To me, it’s common sense. I mean, if you’ve got a tube where food goes in and you’ve got a bag at the other end called the stomach, and you’re putting stuff in here, and if you put too much down there, it’s going to spill out, isn’t it?
Let’s look at your trashcan. If we keep chucking stuff in your trashcan all the time, we put the lid on it occasionally, so the dog doesn’t get his head into it and eat half the stuff out of there, like our Labrador does that sometimes, our big dog. So you’re chucking stuff in the trash can. You’re putting the lid on there, but you keep filling up and filling it up. And then eventually it spills over because you’ve put too much contents into the trashcan. You’re not really clamping the bag up, throwing it out. You’re not getting it out. You’re just filling it up too much.
Most people’s stomach problems start from too much food. They just put too much food into the stomach. If it’s not too much food, they eat too fast, they don’t chew enough, and they eat the wrong kind of food. That’s another classic one too, is the wrong kind of food, like deep fried food. Too many burgers or chips or these sorts of things, takeaway food, cheeses, these heavy kind of foods, heavy meat with gravies, and especially large portion sizes. The stomach’s going to work too hard and you’re going to lie down there at nighttime, and that sphincter, that muscle at the top of the stomach, won’t be sealing properly, it’ll open up and stuff will come up and it will come up.
So if you regularly get heartburn, I would say to you, what the hell are you eating? What are you eating? And not only what are you eating, what time are you eating? How fast are you eating? All right. So it’d be cool to sit down in your house and watch you, put a video camera of your table for, say, a couple of nights and just watch how you eat. And then sit down with you in my room here and play that back and say, “What the hell’s going on here, man? Wow. You’re eating more food than 20 people, and you’re eating so fast, and you’ve got three screens on at the same time while you’re eating, you’ve got food falling out your mouth while you’re watching Facebook here, and you’re watching the Simpsons here, while you’re putting more food in your mouth. And then you go to bed at night, then you complain about your stomach playing up. Come on. If it’s not that it’s X-Box. If it’s not that, it’s Netflix.”
So rule number one, what I’m looking at now, you can’t be doing, when you’re putting stuff in here, it doesn’t really work. Does it? You can’t focus on chewing, you can’t focus on the digestion, you can’t relax your body when you’re watching a spear get thrown through someone’s back or something, or a zombie putting a meat cleaver in someone. How can you relax? I think you get my point, right? So that’s not really good, is it?
So if you’re not in that category, and you’re laughing, thinking, “This guy is a silly fool, I don’t have any of that. I eat small portions. I still get heartburn.” okay. You’re one of those. Then let’s have a careful look at what you’re eating, what type of food you’re eating, at what time you’re eating. If the portion size is small and you’re getting heartburn regularly, then I need to know exactly what type of foods you’re eating. And you need to know what the trigger is, because it’s nearly always a dietary trigger when it comes to heartburn.
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So if it’s nighttime, you’re getting the burn, let’s look what you’re eating for your dinnertime. Are you having an ice cream on top of the steak that you had? Are you having a cup of coffee with two sugars after your dinner? Could it be that? Who knows? Think of the combo. Maybe you like a nice little pudding to have after you have your beautiful meal, a pudding. Could be that. Maybe it could be the peanut butter sandwiches before bed we have with jelly on when we’re watching Elvis.
I know I’m sounding goofy, but I’m trying to make a point here. The point I’m trying to make is, is your lifestyle normal, or is it a little bit off the wall, or is it like way out? Elvis Presley didn’t find it bizarre to sit in the jungle room with shot guns pointing towards TV channels while he’s having four or five burgers with all this crap on it. He didn’t think that abnormal either. And the poor guy died at what, 42? I mean, it’s really, really sad when someone doesn’t understand about nutrition. Okay, he might’ve been on about 15 different uppers and downers at the same time, but his diet was very bad. If that guy’s diet was as good as his singing, man, he’d live to probably 500 years old. You know?
So again, the point is, what are you eating? What time are you eating? How much are you eating? How fast are you waiting? Have you identified the trigger? Okay? Have you identified the trigger? What is it for you? It could be tomatoes for this guy over here. It could be a lasagna for this lady over here. It could be a cup of coffee for this guy over there. Each person may experience a different trigger when it comes to reflux or heartburn. It could be medications you’re on. You need to find the cause. Okay? You need to find the cause.
I had heartburn bad when I was in my 20s. I think I’ve mentioned this on a few videos. It was my own stupid fault. I worked as a guy tipping bins, emptying rubbish cans for five, six years when I was studying. So of course we’d be doing favors for shopkeepers in emptying three or four garbage cans for a guy at a shop, and he’d give us a couple of sausage rolls and some deep fried stuff in the morning. And of course, driving the truck home, you’re eating that stuff. So by the time I got home, maybe 10, 11 o’clock in the morning, my stomach is just burning, I’ve got reflux, I’m thinking, “Man, why do I feel so sick all the time?” It was the crap I was eating, the crap I was eating. I haven’t had heartburn since. So think about it. You need to find the cause.
But the other part of the question is, what can you do? For example, let’s give you some solutions what you can do. Well, I’ve often mentioned the trick with the cabbage juice. If you’re going to go to bed and you think you’re going to have heartburn, you could be looking at all these antacid tablets, Tums and things like that, but they’re a bad idea. When you rely on that kind of stuff, it’s shocking, because then you’re basically going to accept the heartburn, and then you’re going to keep taking these medications. That’s really, really bad news when you get into that form of spending many years of heartburn, taking drugs, heartburn, taking drugs. It’s almost like you owe money to 10 different loan sharks, and you can only manage to pay off a little bit at a time to keep your head above water. That’s all you’re doing. So you can’t live like that.
Fresh cabbage juice. Couple of different cabbages you can try, but just the leaf, one or two leaves of a green cabbage juiced up, a tablespoon of that generally between, you’ve had your supper and bedtime, I would take that somewhere in between there, that might help you significantly. And the other one of course is, some sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. Dissolve it, start with half a teaspoon and a glass of water. Try that, that can often settle the stomach right down.
But of course, the number one thing that you want to do is to find out the cause. The cause is you, you’re the cause. You’re doing something that’s causing it. So you need to find out what the hell you’re doing that’s causing the problem. And then you can switch that off. No more reliance on medications. And that’ll be a turning point for you when your stomach starts improving. You’ll find your energy will go up, everything will go up. It’ll be a turning point in your life.