What we get wrong about heartburn

If you recall the note I shared from Sue, a satisfied customer (and popcorn eater), you’ll remember that she was plagued by a very specific “trigger food.”

In some ways, she was lucky.

She knew what foods would give her issues. Sometimes she’d eat them anyway, knowing she’d pay the price.

But at least she went in with her eyes open.

For many people, it’s not so simple.

Onions, fried foods, spicy Mexican dishes — they’re all demonized.

But more and more experts now believe HOW you eat is more important than WHAT you eat.

According to Nyree Dardarian, MS, RD and director of the Center for Integrated Nutrition and Performance at Drexel University, “The evidence to support eliminating certain foods to reduce the symptoms of heartburn is not strong.”

Now, if you have a trigger food you can eliminate, that’s good. It makes it easy.

But if you’re having trouble pinpointing the problem, there are other things you can avoid.

Like eating close to bedtime. You really should be up and about for at least 2-3 hours after eating.

Because gravity is a tough force to fight. Lying down on a full stomach allows food to slide up the wrong way. Even reclining can do it.

That’s why I love a post-dinner walk. It’s also a great way to reduce the blood sugar impact of a meal too.

Another issue is a meal that’s just too large. Eating frequently and at odd intervals can do a number on your digestion too.

That’s why Europeans indulge in bitters formulas before a large meal. They know a big “food load” can tax your digestion, so these herbal liquids can really help. (It’s the same principle behind Digestive Freedom Plus).

Drinking is also a concern. I don’t drink anymore, but when I did, it not only led to digestive issues by itself, I often made bad food choices too.

Plus, alcohol can relax your lower esophageal sphincter. This “trap door” keeps food in your stomach, not riding up into your throat.

There is one myth about food and heartburn that we probably can dispel. The idea that acidic foods drive up your stomach acid levels isn’t really medically sound.

The amount of acid in a food you might eat is a drop in the bucket compared to what your stomach produces. We’re talking 2 liters of hydrochloric acid produced in your stomach each day.

And often times, when you have stomach problems, it’s because you have too little acid… not too much.

Heartburn is tricky, and there’s a lot of bad information out there. If you’re interested in learning more about what can help you, you can read more here.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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