Friday, September 19, 2014

Top foods to improve gut health and stomach acid levels naturally


Digestive problems are not uncommon; it's estimated that 25 million Americans will get a peptic ulcer at one point in their life. (1) Even children under 12 may have GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease), but instead of having the accompanying heartburn, may instead find themselves with a dry cough or have a hard time swallowing. (1)

Add to this those who seek immediate relief by taking liquid or pill antacids to help stave off heartburn and other discomforts, and we're a western world filled with gut problems and the many ill attempts to make it all better.

But it turns out that all that effort to fight digestive issues could be more harmful than anything, as acid and bacteria in the gut are not meant to be diminished or eliminated, but healthily maintained. Fighting what's naturally meant to exist in the body does more harm than good and the bad name that stomach acid has received over the years should cease as Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., author of "Why Stomach Acid is Good for You," explains. (3)

He's worked with thousands of people who have had everything from bloating to heartburn, saying that, "most of these individuals had been compounding their health problems by taking antacids or acid-blocking drugs either on their own or on the advice of health care practioners." (2)

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