27 Oct Alkalise Your Body to Beat Acid Reflux (and Many More Ailments)
Our green team is passionate about natural healing, and we’re always looking to our loyal customers for inspiration on how we can offer you the best possible natural wellbeing solutions. So when we received an email from a customer asking about the best ways to combat acid reflux, we thought it was a great opportunity to put together some essential, need-to-know facts for you on acidity, acid reflux and balancing your body’s pH. As you can see we’ve also had our green thinking caps on, and created a pH balancing product pack to help you heal and prevent the health issues associated with over-acidity.
First, a quick Q&A on acid reflux:
What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux, also known as gastrointestinal reflux disease or GERD, is often confused with common heartburn but is a more serious condition.
What Causes Acid Reflux?
There is a valve at the opening of your stomach called the lower oesophageal sphincter, which opens and closes to allow food to pass into your stomach. When this valve doesn’t function properly, the acid produced in your stomach escapes and moves up into your oesophagus, causing the symptoms of acid reflux.
Other factors that contribute to acid reflux are:
- Eating heavy meals
- Eating acidic or acid-forming foods
- Lying down after meals
- Eating meals or snacks late at night
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain types of medication
What are the Symptoms of Acid Reflux?
- Severe heartburn
- Dry cough
- Sore throat & chest
- Trouble swallowing
- Bitter taste in the mouth
Acidic conditions like heartburn and acid reflux are certainly unpleasant conditions – but did you know that an acidic body is also a haven for many other diseases to thrive?
The Dangers of an Acidic pH
An overly acidic body is unable to heal itself; if you have a pH imbalance you will find your overall health and wellbeing is affected in many ways. Common symptoms of over-acidity include:
- Joint & muscle pain (from lactic acid build-up)
- Fatigue, low energy levels
- Slow, sluggish digestion
- Accelerated free radical damage
- Brittle bones & joints
- Immune deficiency
- Poor liver function
- Yeast & fungal infections
- Tumour growth
Did You Know? Acidic pH levels in the body have been linked to cancer; research shows that cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment (they also produce lactic acid and make your system even more acidic); but they can’t survive in an alkaline environment.
Simply put, balancing your body’s pH and keeping acidity at bay can protect you against a wide range of ailments – and can even lower your risk of cancer.
Healing Acidity Naturally
Fortunately there are many healthy natural (and simple) ways to keep acidity under control.
First of all, juicing is a fantastic, quick and easy way to alkalise your body. Fresh-squeezed veggie juices are just loaded with alkalising enzymes and easily absorbed vitamins and minerals.
Read our blog on how juicing is helping more people to live healthy, disease-free lives.
Every food you eat has its own pH level; some foods are alkalising while others are acid-forming. The well-known Alkaline Diet is currently taking the world by storm, as it provides a comprehensive guide to “alkaline eating”.
According to the Alkaline Diet plan, your food consumption pH levels should reflect your bloodstream’s natural pH level – which is slightly alkaline, typically between 7.35 and 7.45. The eating plan focuses largely on the following alkaline-producing foods: fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, tubers and legumes.
Find out more about alkalising foods, and get the low-down on the Alkaline Diet (plus some awesome recipes) here.
For those of you who love your sprouts, here’s a fun and fascinating fact: fenugreek seeds are known for their ability to soothe heartburn and acid reflux.
Of course, natural supplements play a vital role in your pH levels too. To help you get your body’s pH back in balance – and keep it there – Faithful to Nature has hand-picked several alkalising remedies and put them together in a convenient all-in-one product pack.
There are two versions of this pH-balancing product pack available:
Take the pH Test
Our highly accurate pH test strips will help you measure your body’s pH levels; keep them handy when you start an alkalising diet or detox programme, so you can monitor the results easily and affordably at home.
We hope these suggestions help to guide you on your path to natural wellbeing and a healthier, more balanced body!