Acid Reflux is a symptom that most often has easy resolution…

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A Hiatal Hernia is the source of virtually all Acid Reflux

By Steve Marmor,  herbalist, iridologist, nutritional consultant

When it comes to acid reflux, many people are using what I call feel good medicine. In most cases, the acid neutralizers such as rolaids and tums or the proton-pump inhibitors such as Aciphex, Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix and the like are not addressing the cause of the acid reflux.

In fact, when the stomach is out of place as is the case with a hiatal hernia, nothing works as well digestively. Many people have a myriad of digestive symptoms that have sent them to the doctor with the obligatory testing that follows such as endoscopy and colonoscopy. When little or nothing is found and the symptoms persist, then comes the prescription that starts with the least strongest and progresses to stronger and strongest acid neutralizers and PPI’s

Before you rule out the very common hiatal hernia ( because you are unfamiliar and it conjures up ideas of torn tissue like the less common but more frequently heard of inguinal or groin hernia), look further at this possibility as the cause of the symptoms you are experiencing. That is, with a hiatal hernia, in addition to acid reflux, it is not unusual for other digestive symtoms to be present such as: gas, bloating, distention, sensitivity at the waist, heartburn, hiccups, nausea, shallow breathing or other symptoms. These do not all need to be present when the stomach has moved out of it’s proper position (hiatal hernia) but many often are.

At Herbs & More in Encinitas, Ca. 760 7537272, we specialize in getting to the root cause of many digestive problems: Crohn’s, colitis, irritable bowel, leaky-gut, constipation, acid-reflux, etc.

Hydrochloric acid can eat away at the esophogus or have an adverse affect on the tissue in the first stage of the small intestine (duodenum). So you would not eliminate medications you are using before solving the problem of why acid reflux, considerable discomfort, sitting up at night and other related digestive symptoms are occurring.

However, it is not nor should it be your birthright to have to live with these kinds of digestive challenges. There is a cause (or causes) that once delineated, can help get you back on the track to better digestion, assimilation and elimination.

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