What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux occurs when acid from the stomach comes through an opening known as the Lower Esophageal sphincter which results in a burning sensation often referred to as “heartburn.”. Gastroesophageal Disease is when acid reflux becomes a chronic health issue.
I’ve done many videos on Acid Reflux and Gastroesophageal Disease (GERD). Here are a few to get you started:
Most doctors think that Acid reflux is a problem with the smooth muscle control of the lower esophageal sphincter which causes the opening of the stomach to either remain open.
There are two main mechanisms by which this sphincter functions, one is that it closes in response to the presence of acid in the stomach and the other is the nervous system controls of the smooth muscle involved with this sphincter. So if there is a lower than normal amount of acid in the stomach, the sphincter will stay open. This presents a huge problem for people that are on acid reflux medications like proton pump inhibitors because these reduce the amount of acid in the stomach will cause the sphincter to stay open which allows the acid to start eating away at the esophagus.
The first step would be increasing the level of stomach acid in the stomach which seems counterintuitive for people on proton pump inhibitors, however, you need to keep in mind that the problem in the first place is that there wasn’t enough stomach acid. This is a total misunderstanding of gastric physiology that everyone must understand. You could take betaine HCL supplements for a very short period of time to temporarily relieve some of your symptoms however, the best solution would be to radically change your diet and lifestyle. Here’s a video to help you get started:
And to address the compromised nerve supply to the lower esophageal sphincter, the best solution would be to find a chiropractor that understands how to restore nerve supply and stimulate the healing process. Here’s a video to help you find a chiropractor in your area: