Acid reflux occurs when food and stomach acids regurgitate back into the esophagus, causing burning pain in the lower chest. Other symptoms include bloating, belching, sore throat, snoring, difficult breathing and ulcers.
The early stages of digestion occur with the release of hydrochloric acid in the stomach to break down foods. Later, during the digestive process, bicarbonate is released by the pancreas to help neutralize these acids. Eating alkali-forming foods can reduce over-acidity and calm the stomach, relieving pain and other unwanted symptoms. In addition, foods that contribute to an alkali-forming state in the system help prevent acidosis, a serious bodily condition that sets the stage for all disease.
Sodium bicarbonate can relieve the burning pains of acid reflux – fast. Bicarb is extremely alkaline and can neutralize stomach acids quickly and alkalize the entire system, reducing acidosis systemically. Mix 2g of bicarb in a 250ml glass of water, and drink immediately. (Because it is high in sodium, bicarb can raise your blood pressure. If you take drugs for hypertension, speak to your health care professional before using bicarb for acid reflux.)
Almost all raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds are alkali-forming. Cooking these foods lowers their alkalinity, making them somewhat more acidic. Raw fruits and vegetables contain lots of enzymes to assist digestion.
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