Eat in peace. Watching that racy television show or action-packed newscast can send a “fight-or-flight” signal to your brain that disrupts the secretion of proper stomach acid.
Chew every mouthful thoroughly. Research shows that digestion begins in the mouth. Carbohydrates can literally get digested into sugar in your mouth if you chew properly, taking the load off the stomach acid and helping you manage heartburn better.
Develop regular eating habits. If you eat your meals at the same time every day, the body learns to time the secretion of stomach acid with the anticipated arrival of food. Timely meal plus timely acid secretion equals great digestion!
Try out some supplements. There are great natural digestive aides that have been used for centuries by folks to ensure proper digestion.Here are a few of the best:
Bitters: Traditionally used to aid digestion, bitters like the gentian root have been proven to be fantastic to reduce heartburn. More recently, studies have confirmed the ability of bitters to increase the flow of digestive juices, including HCL, bile, pepsin, gastrin, and pancreatic enzymes.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV): Although ACV has research studies showing its ability to bring down cholesterol markers and even to reduce obesity, its role in reducing acidity is still largely a home remedy. That said, many researchers and users swear by a teaspoon of ACV before a meal.
Probiotics: Scientists today acknowledge that of the trillions of cells in the human body, the number of bacterial cells is nearly 90%! Probiotics have also been shown to be effective in treating Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other digestive conditions. Having the right bacteria in your gut can help you get rid off just acid reflux, but a host of other health imbalances at bay.
Sharda Agarwal is a qualified Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner. She first used dietary supplements to overcome a debilitating migraine she suffered for years. Since then she has studied the subjects of nutrition and nutrients extensively. She uses this to manage the health of her family at home and with Sepalika.