Have you ever woken up in the wee small hours with a burn in your chest and throat that gets you out of bed faster than a greyhound out the gates, and sends you to the medicine cabinet to dive for an antacid?
I’ve had fierce indigestion for the last few years, and it is worse when I’m feeling stressed for any reason.
And worse again when I eat wheat more than once a day. So I don’t.
I’m not fond of prescription drugs or medicines of any sort really, so was on the lookout for a natural way to treat my indigestion. My dad told me his family had taken bicarb in water to deal with indigestion, so I thought I’d give it a try, and it’s really really effective.
But geez it’s disgusting.
And it turns out it’s exactly the wrong thing to do!
Indigestion, my research tells me, is not about too much acid in the stomach (though it surely feels like it at 2am!), but too little. Same with acid reflux.
I know, seems daft hey?
Though when I thought about it…. if our stomach uses acid to begin digestion, how does it get too acidy? Does that mean our lungs can have too much oxygen? Didn’t seem logical really.
We get 2am indigestion (or any other time) when our stomachs are not acidy enough, and our stomach works overtime – churns harder – to make the best use of the acid we have.
Antacids – and my natural bicarb – seem to work because they reduce the amount of acid and stop that immediate burn. Over time, the condition gets worse and worse.
I can’t image that’s great for digestion at all 🙁 We’ve got less-digested food entering the gut and fermenting before it can be properly broken down – over years that’s a recipe for real trouble. Toxins galore leaking into the blood, I’d say…
So what to do? Would you believe – adding more acid. Again, it seems daft I know 🙂
But – it works in the biggest way! The acid is apple cider vinegar, apparently a classic natural treatment for indigestion. The first time I tried it it burned like hell going down – I chased it with a glass of cold water cos the taste isn’t that great either!
Why Don’t We Have Enough Stomach Acid
You don’t have to look too far for this – our food supply is full of over-processed food-like substances and artificially-created supplements, is irradiated and very deficient in things we do need – like beneficial bacteria and natural from-the-source nutrients.
All of that combines to make our entire body acidic – it should be slightly alkaline. The condition is known as acidosis and it’s a bitter irony really that one of the side effects is a stomach that is deficient in acid.
Does low stomach acid matter?
Certainly does – Donna Gates, author of the amazing Body Ecology says when your stomach is acidic you can’t digest protein properly causing acidic blood, and you become mineral deficient. Your body then gets minerals anywhere it can to try to return the blood to alkaline – and it gets it from your bones. So could the 2am burn be a sign of osteoporosis in your future?
Not in mine! I’m using apple cider vinegar to treat my indigestion and paying a bit more attention to getting alkaline foods into my diet!
But In Summary:
Indigestion = not enough stomach acid due to acidosis of the body. The solution is not antacids or bicarb – it’s to add acid to the stomach in the form on one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar chased by water, or mixed together and drunk – just before eating, or several hours afterwards. Close to instant calm!