Fast food, industrially processed food, and the terrible dietary advice dispensed by the health care industry are a primary cause of many disorders. Add too much sugar, some soft drinks, eating on the run with a quick breakfast of donuts and coffee, and you are well on your way to digestive-related disorders, including acid-reflux disease—also known as Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.
About 60 million Americans already have acid-reflux (one out of five people) and many people have acid-reflux without knowing it. In addition to the typical symptom of acid-regurgitation, there are many other lesser-known symptoms including hoarseness, belching, chronic throat clearing and sore throat, persistent coughing, difficulty swallowing, nausea, asthma, wheezing and persistent hiccups in adults. In infants and children, frequent ear infections, excessive crying, nausea with or without vomiting, excessive coughing, respiratory problems, refusing food, excessive belching and burping.
Acid reflux is caused from poor digestion. Hippocrates said that, “All diseases begin in the gut.” Treating acid-reflux with a temporary fix with Nexium, Prilosec or other drugs do not address the underlying problem of poor digestion and can make matters worse. What these drugs do is put you on a life-long and expensive plan for managing your disorder while neglecting the root causes. Because poor digestion can lead to other health problems, and eventually serious ones, it is only reasonable to address diet and nutrition in the road to recovery from this painful suffering.
I suffered from acid-reflux for many years and in the later stages it was terrible. Waking up in the middle of the night and having to reach for an antacid (or worse with a mouthful puke), I frequently used bicarbonate of soda to relieve the pain. I noticed when I dosed myself with bicarbonate of soda, the acid stomach came back sometimes worse for no reason the next evening. Later I learned that acid-reflux is usually caused by too little acid! When Annie and I changed to natural nutrient-dense foods, my acid-reflux problem went away quickly, never to come back, and that was six years ago.
Kathryne Pirtle is co-author of Acid Reflux: a National Epidemic and Precursor to Chronic Illness–Achieving Lasting Healing with Nutrient Dense Foods. She says “the road to recovery from acid-reflux disease is to return to the types of foods that supported healthy digestion and optimal health in our ancestors. These foods are the nutrient-dense meats, poultry, dairy and eggs from pastured animals and the wide array of cultured and fermented foods that used to grace our tables and provide the body with the building blocks of optimal health. Cultured foods like raw milk kefir, yogurt, homemade sauerkraut, pickled beets and beet kvass were a part of the everyday meals of people worldwide for thousands of years. They insure the proper gut flora that is absolutely necessary for good digestion.”
In the book, Kathryne and co-author Dr. John Turner lay out a recovery plan for acid-reflux disorder that is likely to help with the improvement of other conditions and disease symptoms. You can see her 4-minute video testimony and read more about her eBook and download it now for yourself or for someone you care about.