Natural Alternatives To Heartburn Medication

There has never been a better time to try out natural alternative to heartburn medication.

Recent studies have linked heartburn medication to kidney damage, bone fracture, and dementia [1].

Now, the FDA is publicly recommending that a popular heartburn medication, Zantac, be pulled from the market due to high levels of the contaminant N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) [2].

Fortunately, there are more ways than ever to treat heartburn naturally.

Not only do proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and antacids have the potential to cause long term health consequences - they do not actually address the underlying problem.

Once you restore natural digestion, you will not only enjoy being symptom free, but you will also feel better overall.

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Natural therapies can be much more effective than pharmaceutical interventions if they target the cause of symptoms. 

The key is to address why you’re experiencing heartburn or acid reflux instead of just covering the symptoms up. 

As always, check with your doctor or schedule an appointment with me before taking any new supplements or beginning a treatment plan.

4 Major Causes Of Heartburn 

1. Low Stomach Acid Production

One of the most common causes of heartburn is low stomach acid. This is a common effect of stress and a poor diet that is high in refined sugar and low in fruits and vegetables.

When you don't have enough stomach acid, undigested food in the stomach and the beginning part of your small intestine begins to interact with 'bad bacteria.'

This reaction impedes your ability to produce stomach acid which feeds a cycle of being unable to digest food which leads to lower stomach acid production.

Much of heartburn medication marketing shows the medicine blocking stomach acid production, but we know now that blocking stomach acid production can cause serious health problems and long term symptoms.

Chronically low stomach acid can result in stomach cramps, heart burn, the sensation that your stomach never really empties, fatigue and bloating.

Could Low Stomach Acid Be Causing Your Heartburn?

  • Are you a high stress person? 

  • Or have you experiencing high stress over the 6 months or more? 

  • Do you crave sweet foods? 

  • Has your diet been missing high quality fruit and vegetables? Do you eat a lot of processed grains?

Natural Ways To Increase Stomach Acid Production

Sometimes all you need are a few dietary changes to boost stomach acid production to get rid of your heartburn.

Other times, patients have tried these remedies but they do not help. In that case, personalized treatment is needed.

A very effective way to kick start stomach acid production is to squeeze the juice of a half of a lemon into 8 ounces of water and drink it first thing in the morning (if citrus is a trigger for your heartburn then this is not the right intervention for you).

Celery juice can be fantastic at naturally restoring your stomach acid. Start with two (washed, organic) stalks of celery, freshly juiced, taken 15 minutes before each meal.

Other Natural Supplements For Low Stomach Acid

  • Marshmallow root*

  • Betaine HCL

  • Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL)

  • L-glutamine*

  • Zinc

  • Carnosine 

*If you experience severe bloating, L-glutamine and marshmallow root may not be the best for you as the bad bacteria built up in the small intestine may try to use as a fuel source 

2. Low Liver Function

Your liver creates bile so it can digest fats in your diet.