I consider myself a healthy eater. I admit, I do indulge in spicy food occasionally. Yet, I never really experienced acid reflux until a few weeks back.
It all started with mild discomfort, or a burning sensation, after drinking my morning cup of tea with ginger. During the course of the day, it progressed to full-blown acid reflux. It got to the point that I could not even drink a plain glass of water without feeling a burning sensation in the esophagus.
It was time to reflect and take action! Ancient Ayurvedic wisdom and modern holistic nutrition came in very handy.
Acid reflux is generally believed to be caused by too much acid production in the stomach. Surprisingly, it can be caused by too little hydrochloric acid, too little bile and insufficient digestive enzymes.
Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, suggests the following tips to determine if your acid reflux is due to high or low acid production.
Too little acid: If the stomach lining burns immediately after eating acidic or spicy foods, this is usually due to too little acid.
Too much acid: If it starts to burn after 10 to 15 minutes, or when you do not eat for a long time, you’re probably dealing with too much acid.
My symptoms were due to too little acid.
My immediate steps were to:
With these simple changes, I regained my ability to eat, without the heartburn—although I am more mindful of my eating habits now.
(Possible cause of my heartburn: I was consuming hot lemon water immediately upon waking, followed by a mug of tea with ginger. Over a period of time, this may have led to my heartburn.)
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