Heartburn: Simple Solutions Safe in Pregnancy
Heartburn, that burning sensation in your chest that radiates up to your neck and makes life feels like hell in your chest. It can be more common in pregnancy.
Low Stomach Acid
A major cause or heart burn is low stomach acid, which causes food to stay undigested in the stomach. This undigested food begins to ferment and then heartburn occurs.
The stomach contains a valve called the pyloric sphincter. The pyloric sphincter allows food to be emptied from the stomach to the small intestine. It controls how fast or slow the stomach empties by responding to levels of stomach acid. It does this through acid receptors found in the lower end of the stomach. If the acid level in the stomach is not acidic enough, the pyloric sphincter will not open. The food becomes trapped in the stomach and will begin to ferment. Fermentation causes gas which moves up into the esophagus causing heartburn and damage to the esophagus. The remaining weak stomach acids are also pushed up, creating acid reflux. The person may feel burning from the fermentation or may experience belching, bloating, gas or fullness.
Low stomach acid prevents digesting and absorbing the nutrients from food as well. The solution is to increase the stomach acidity to where the pyloric sphincter will open and empty its food into the duodenum (small intestine).
Take apple cider vinegar to increase stomach acidity. Take 1 tablespoon after meals. I advise you to water this down. There are also apple cider vinegar capsules you can buy.
Take digestive enzymes, which lower the pH by properly digesting the food.
I recommend to take 2 Enzycore with each meal. If heartburn is bad or chronic take 2 Zypan thirty minutes before a meal to increase stomach acid and take 2-3 Gastrex, which contains hydrochloric acid, after meals or when have heartburn occurs. These are all safe in pregnancy.
If you have ongoing issues with heartburn or reflux it is worth being checked for H. Pylori, which is a bacteria that lowers hydrochloric acid thus causing heartburn and eventually ulcers.
Poor food combining causes low stomach acids. In order for our bodies to absorb and use nutrients, food must be property digested. Various foods require different digestive juices and different lengths of time to break them down. Therefore, it is best to eat foods that digest well together. The chart below has some general rules, not hard and fast ones to which you must always adhere. Try them and see if it helps deminish heart burn.
Test information for H-Pylori.
If you struggle with heartburn on a regular basis, changing your diet to better support digestion, taking a couple supplements to support digestion, and digging deeper into its cause by testing for H.Pylori are all musts. The answer is more stomach acid not less.
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