Quick anatomy lesson: food goes in your mouth, travels down your esophagus, past your pyloric sphincter which is supposed to close after food enters your stomach, then is sent to your small intestines (Duodenum, Jejunum, Ileum) for absorption. Anything remaining travels to your large intestine, then to your rectum, anus and eventually the toillette. By the way, it should not stink. If it does you have putrefactive bacteria and need Probiotics!

Many of you are on an acid blocker or an antacid. Usually the scenario goes something like this – a patient tells a physician that they have \\\\\\\”reflux.\\\\\\\” Then they are put on a medication to block acid for the rest of their lives. Actually, without sufficient acid your pyloric sphincter (the door between your esophagus and stomach) remains open. Then the food and the little acid you have backwashes into your esophagus. Usually the reason you have reflux is because you have too little acid, not too much. Testing is rarely done.

We need acid to turn the food we send to our stomachs into a liquid soup and to battle the viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites we ingest. With a test called a esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD or an upper endoscopy) your doctor can determine if you have something called Barrett\\\\\\\’s Esophagus or an ulcer which has potential to tear. If you have these diagnoses then you require an antacid.

The lining of the esophagus is normally pinkish white but the abnormal cells of Barrett’s esophagus are reddish in color. These cells can be seen with an upper endoscopy. THEN YOU NEED AN ANTACID for the esophagus to heal, which it shall.

There are some other things you can take to help your esophagus, stomach, entire gut…….. heal:

Read book by Martie Whittiken, CCN (on this website reading list) about why and how to taper off antacids, note that if the taper is not done correctly you will have worsening reflu

Digestive enzymes with meals

Drink aloe vera juice (Lily of the Desert) between meals

5000 mgs. – 45,000 mgs of Glutamine on an empty stomach twice a day

Multivitamin-mineral supplement

Vitamin C, Vitamin E with alpha, gamma, beta, and delta tocopherols and/or tocotrienols

Essential Fatty Acids – Fish Oil (pharmaceutical-grade, molecularly distilled) – 3000-6000 grams a day

Probiotics with 2-6 billion cultures and Prebiotics (insoluble and soluble fiber)

The approved indication for acid blockers is about a month. However, there are RARE circumstances when patients may require acid blockers for the remainder of the their life. One example is a malady called Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome where the patient produces much more than the two quarts of acid a day we are normally produce.

Seek the advice of medical counsel trained in nutrition to learn how to heal your gut, taper off antacids when appropriate, and digest your food.

Updated by Dr. Roberta Foss-Morgan on February 5, 2014