by Sean Croxton
I remember it like it was yesterday.
Those silly antacid commercials with the man rubbing his chest after a meal, only to be saved by an artificially fruit-flavored chewable that made me wish I had heartburn.
Or the Major League pitcher asking how do you spell relief…
Why these commercials came on during my after school cartoons will always be a mystery.
It’s as if I was being brainwashed from an early age to believe that stomach acid was the root of all things evil.
Come to think of it, Tums and Rolaids were like gateway soft chews to us kids who would later opt for the harder over-the-counter and prescription drugs to combat acid overflow.
Then again, stomach acid decreases with age. So if excess acid is really the cause of GERD and heartburn, targeting eight year olds might be a good idea.
Think about that for a second.
You see, the TRUTH is that ninety-percent of the time heartburn is not a matter of excessive stomach acid but rather too little.
And when we start messing around with our stomach acid by taking acid-blocking drugs, we leave ourselves wide open for a long list of dysfunctions and health challenges.
For example, did you know that the acidity of the food passing from your stomach to your intestines is what triggers your gallbladder to release bile for fat digestion and is also the signal for your pancreas to release digestive enzymes that further break down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats?
Shut down your stomach acid production and your entire digestive process gets screwed up. In other words, it’s literally impossible to break down and absorb the foods and nutrients you eat.
One more. Did you know that low stomach acid has been connected with depression, anxiety, insomnia, brain fog, food sensitivities, autoimmunity, anemia, osteoporosis, fatty acid deficiency, and problems building muscle?
In this week’s video I break it all down to you and show you how stomach acid is not the enemy. It’s your friend.
I really got on a roll with this one. It ended up being a pretty long video, but I cut it down a bit.