by Judith G Cobb, MH, CI, NCP
The discomfort known as heartburn or indigestion actually has nothing to do with the heart and everything to do with the stomach. Let’s look at this more closely.
The stomach lining is a convoluted surface. In the valleys, which are called ‘gastric pits’, reside the cells that secrete pepsinogen and hydrochloric acid. There are also cells that secrete mucus.
Dr. Bernard Jensen taught over the years that the stomach lining requires organic sodium in order to secrete mucus properly. The mucus is there to protect the stomach from its own acids. If there is not enough organic sodium the mucus production will suffer. This creates the risk of the stomach digesting itself. Often this will start with general symptoms of indigestion, but left unresolved it can lead to ulcers, and stomach ulcers that become chronic can develop into cancer. Correcting indigestion or heartburn in its early stages is the best answer.
Watch this video to learn even more ways to naturally resolve heartburn and indigestion.
What can you do to correct indigestion? It’s easier than you think – and each of these suggestions can have positive impacts on your health beyond putting an end to gut pain.
Here’s the ‘what to stop doing’ list.
1. Avoid eating when you’re rushed. Take time to chew your food well.
2. Relax when eating. Digestion begins in the brain. If you don’t take time to think about eating before you eat, and to focus on eating while you are eating, you prevent your brain from telling your digestive organs to secrete digestive juices.
3. Limit the amount of fluid you consume with or near meals to no more than 125mL or 4 oz. Fluid consumption should happen between meals.
4. Quit smoking/chewing gum/sucking on candy. Having something in your mouth constantly makes your digestive system think it’s supposed to be working – so it makes digestive juices when you don’t need them.
And here’s the ‘what to do’ list
1. Eat a fiber-rich diet including whole grains (if you tolerate them), lentils, and a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fresh fruits (easy on the citrus). Oatmeal is one of the best options for fiber.
2. Include fresh ginger in your diet. Small amounts of fresh ginger provide anti-inflammatory and digestive support.
3. Add aloe vera juice to your daily regimen.
Watch this video to learn some practical things to recommend to clients to support their stomachs:
And here is the webinar:
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