Woman Suffering from a Stomach Pain Lying Down on Couch
Woman Suffering from a Stomach Pain Lying Down on Couch

We are going to talk about the most important things you need to know if you have acid reflux, so i have this diagram of the stomach, there’s a valve on the top part and there’s a valve on the lower part, the valve on the top prevents acid and food from regurgitating up through the esophagus, the valve at the bottom controls the food from the stomach into the small intestine as well as controlling the food and bile from regurgitating back up into the stomach so both of these valves are sphincters, it’s like a circular muscle that is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, so the muscular control is kind of a gradual contraction and a gradual relaxation until it’s fully open and so the problem we have with these valves is that, if they’re open at the wrong time or close at the wrong time, we can have a big problem with acid and bile ending up in the wrong place, now because they’re controlled by the autonomic nervous system that means that they’re highly influenced with this thing called stress and this is why there are so many digestive problems that can be affected by stress like acid reflux, heartburn and the list goes on and on and on and so if you have acid reflux and a lot of stress, you know you’re gonna have to do something to reduce that stress before it starts improving, now the other thing that controls these sphincters is calcium, calcium has the function of muscular contraction so it helps close these sphincters but most of the time, people are lacking the vitamin that controls calcium, i’m talking about vitamin d, if you’re deficient in vitamin d, you’re not going to have enough calcium and the valve is not going to close fully and incidentally vitamin d also acts like cortisol in the body and there’s a lot to do with controlling stress and by taking vitamin d, that can actually help reduce your stress and can help directly close the valve just from the function of vitamin d itself.

Now the other cause of this valve on the top of the stomach opening at the wrong time is because you don’t have enough hydrochloric acid in your stomach, apparently there are receptors or sensors in that valve for hydrochloric acid so we have the synchronization of food coming through the valve closing and acid increasing so you can get a complete digestion, so if you don’t have enough hydrochloric acid or the acid in your stomach is not enough, that valve might not close and that can cause the regurgitation effect. So what can cause a deficiency of hydrochloric acid, well one is low chlorides as in low salt, so if you’re on a low salt diet or not taking enough sea salt, that could be the reason why you don’t have enough hydrochloric acid, also it takes potassium to also make hydrochloric acid so you need those electrolytes as the building blocks to make hydrochloric acid, now another big cause of low hydrochloric acid is medication induced, hypochlorhydria, that is low stomach acid caused by antacids, especially the ppis, now there are also foods that actually can aggravate the situation, e.g gluten, grains, sugar, of course alcohol and omega-6 fatty acids as in all the soy oil, the canola oil, the corn oil, the cottonseed oil and of course all the processed foods and the junk foods, those can not only disrupt the opening and closing of the valves but they can also disrupt the production of hydrochloric acid.

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