BEAT THE HEAT:
9 Ways to Halt Heartburn

Heartburn

Heartburn – lots of us get it, but how do we stop getting it? For some it’s little purple pill or a swig of a vile pink potion, while others just grit their teeth and bare it – none of which solve the problem or prevent future episodes. Fortunately though, heartburn is very treatable and all of us have the power to stop the fire before it starts – without drugs, potions or unpleasant side effects.  Where to begin? Start with a few key dietary and lifestyle changes to start soothing your intestinal system so you can steer it back on to a healthy, heartburn-free track. Here are 9 ways to start banishing the burn:

1. Kick the purple pills.

I kid you not – the first step is to quit the heartburn meds. Contrary to what you might think, heartburn drugs tend to do more harm than good. While there’s no denying they help reduce stomach acid, the problem is that the meds also stop the acid from doing the digestive work it’s supposed to do. Though heartburn gives stomach acid a bad name, acid is absolutely essential to digestion: it helps break down food and stimulates the digestive enzymes in your small intestine; it helps keep the balance of good and bad bacteria in check; it’s your primary defense against food-borne infections and it helps your gut absorb essential nutrients. When you suppress acid production with heartburn drugs, you’re inhibiting digestion, preventing absorption of vitamins and nutrients and all but wiping out the good gut bacteria your gut needs to keep your immune system strong. You’re also setting the stage for damage to the intestinal lining – yikes! Not a great trade off, eh? And please be aware when you stop these heartburn medications cold turkey, you get a rebound effect with the heartburn becoming more severe initially very often. So taper off them slowly preferably under the supervision of a knowledgeable Practitioner.

2. Sink the smokes.

There are hundreds of reasons to stop smoking and heartburn is one of them. Smoking irritates the membranes of the throat and esophagus — just about the last thing you should be doing if you have reflux or heartburn. What’s more – nicotine weakens the esophageal valve, allowing acid to flow back up causing irritation and burn. So if you want to stop the burn, kick the butts.

3. Hold the jalapeños.

Instead of popping pills to put out the fire, give your digestive tract a vacation from high acid foods that irritate tender tissues. A few common acidic culprits include coffee, alcohol, garlic, peppers, onions, tomatoes, orange juice and spicy foods. To help my patients identify their heartburn triggers, I ask them to keep a food diary and monitor how their body reacts to high acid foods, so they get a better sense as to which ones are causing their heat and which ones aren’t. For those with more stubborn cases, I also recommend trying my Cleanse diet which eliminates the common foods that fuel the burn.

4. Do drink Swedish bitters.

All that heartburn pill-popping will over time deplete your body of the natural acids that are essential for proper digestion. To stimulate your body’s own production of digestive acids, I recommend stirring 1-3 tablespoons Swedish bitters into an 8 oz. glass of water.  Drink this 15 minutes before eating to get the juices flowing and aid in healthy digestion.

5. Linger over breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Every millimeter of your digestive tract – starting with chewing in your mouth – aids in digestion. Acid-neutralizing saliva paves the way for a painless journey of food into the stomach. When you eat quickly, don’t chew enough, or gulp your food, you miss out on critical steps, setting the stage for heartburn and indigestion. So take your time, savor each bite and enjoy!

6. Lighten your mealtime load.

The more food that’s in your belly, the longer it takes to digest and the more likely it will reflux. Eating several smaller meals throughout the day will be easier on your digestive tract than bombarding it with three big ones. And at the end of the day, try to put 2-3 hours between your evening meal and bedtime so that digestion is well underway before you lie down for the night.

7. Skip the Spanx.

Resist the urge to squish yourself into super skinny jeans if heartburn is an issue. Give your belly room to digest. Tight clothes can put pressure on your stomach, pressing food back up into your esophagus.

8. Sleep on a slope.

When you lie down flat, stomach acid remains in the esophagus longer than it should, giving rise to that burning feeling. Lying down can also lead to inflammation of the esophagus, a potentially dangerous condition. A simple way to avoid the problem: let gravity do the work of keeping the acid in your stomach at night – simply sleep on a slope. All you need to do is slightly elevate your head and chest with an extra pillow or rolled up towel. The downward angle will help keep acid where it belongs – in your stomach!

9. Give your gut a helping hand.

If you’re going to combat heartburn, keep in mind that an unbalanced, irritated, poorly functioning gut can’t do it on it’s own – it needs a helping hand.  Restoring the microflora and repopulating the gut with good bacteria is the starting point. Using herbal anti-microbials (to kill the bad guys) and probiotics (to replenish the good guys) will help return gut microflora to a balanced state. Add to that botanicals and extra nutrients to help protect your GI tract, ease digestion, repair the lining of the gut and prevent heartburn.

Want to make balancing the gut and preventing heartburn a no-brainer?  Try my Beat the Burn Plan!  It combines three Be Well staples for gastrointestinal health: the Probiotics Formula helps boost immunity by providing “good” bacteria to combat the over population of bad bacteria while GI Herbal Formula gives botanical backup for restoring the microflora. These two formulas work in tandem with GI Calm to repair the lining of the gut, which is often compromised by poor diet and digestion.

When all three are used together, they help my patients Beat the Burn by supporting vibrant GI health and relieving the common symptoms of heartburn before they take hold.

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  • Giora Zeevy

    Enclosed is a testimonial of Seth, who suffered for 12 years from Acid Reflux and following a very simple Medical nutritional protocol healed (should I say cure)it. It took him 4 days, yes 4 days for the symptoms to vanish and now 9 months later he did not have any symptoms even once. If you would like to see a webinar that explain it email me to [email protected].
    Seth Testimonial:

    Seth Testimonial:

    I met Giora back in March of 2013 when I started walking his dog, Bailey. I own a dog walking company. Since the time we met we have become friends. Not only does he put his trust in me to go into his apt and walk his dog but I put my trust in him with my health.

    I have suffered from chronic heartburn for nearly 12 years now. I have seen about 5 general practitioners, 3 gastroenterologists, 1 ear, nose, & throat doctor. They all told me the same thing. I have heartburn(GERD). They all prescribed different medications, for example Prilosec, Prevacid, omerperazole, Zantac, in addition I should take Tums right before I go to bed. They all told me the same thing avoid coffee, chocolate, acidic fruits, etc. They all gave me a piece of paper, a prescription, as well as my copay and my time.

    I have always been skeptical about vitamins because they are not FDA approved. I always thought it was a gimic. My wife who is a nurse and at one point was a cancer nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering was very skeptical as well. After 3 months of Giora hassling me to try this product, I finally gave in. I thought to myself that the only thing I can lose is a one time payment for these vitamins. But I also said to myself I tried everything else possible. In just one month my acid reflux was cured completely. I have now been off acid inhibitors for almost 3 months. I have lost 15 pounds and have more energy. I definitely sleep better as well.

    I suggest that everyone try these vitamins and in the end they will be as happy with them as I am as well as my wife and everyone else who has started taking them. It can’t hurt but at least you will know you have tried.

    Seth & Melissa Balsam

  • Which vitamins did Seth take? Has there been repeat performance with others? Thanks John R.

  • Giora Zeevy

    Hi John
    I will send you after 4pm eastern (I am not next to my computer at the moment) a link to a webinar that explains the cause of Acid reflux (it is actually very simple) and how to heal it. Seth and others went through the same steps. It can not be explained better than in the Webinar.
    Be well
    Giora Zeevy
    Certified Health Coach

  • Thank you kindly Giora. I look forward to the link. John R.

  • sherri h

    I would like to see the testimonial video. Can you please email it to me at [email protected]

  • Sherri Hollander

    Hello Gloria,
    Can you please email the testimonial video to me at [email protected]

  • Giora Zeevy

    Hi Sherri
    WIll do it after 3.30pm Eastern
    Giora Zeevy

  • robin

    Giora, I’d love to see the info on the specifics of Seth’s vitamin plan. I suffer from GERD and it would be wonderful to find something that really works to get rid of it. Your info would be much appreciated. Thx, Robin at [email protected]

  • Giora Zeevy

    Hi Robin
    Check your Email. A 1 hr. Webinar on GERD and acid reflux.
    I actually met Seth in the street of NYC. (we live in the same neighborhood) and he told me even some stories regarding his AR history that I haven;t heard before. A woman that stood by listen to his stories, he repeated it to her and she will get now the Webinar as well for her sister.
    So enjoy it,

    Giora Zeevy
    Certified Health Coach

  • Robin

    Thanks, Giora. I got it and watched it. Looking forward to some relief through some calcium supplementation and salt usage. I wish there was more specific info on how much, but I’ll go with the recommended amount per day with is 1,000 mg. I’m also assuming that it has to be taken w/magnesium, which is sort of accepted truth at this point. But, much appreciated for the quick reply and email.

  • Ellen Allard

    Giora – how may I obtain a copy of the webinar? I am a health coach and would like to recommend Dr. Lipman’s protocol to my clients who I’m sure would benefit. Thank you. (www.glutenfreediva.com)

  • harley

    hi Goria , what is the Vit that Seth Took? Thanks – Harley

  • Suni Garcia

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