Acid and Digestive Disorders: Breaking the
The primary symptom of acid reflux
is obvious to those who have it. During the digestive process, acid
flows up into the throat and causes a burning sensation. This is caused
by a breakdown in the valve that separates the stomach from the
esophagus. It’s an indication that the acid-alkaline balance in the
digestive tract has been disrupted. Unless that balance is restored, any
attempt to treat or correct the acid reflux problem will provide nothing
more than short-term relief.
The accumulation of acid in the
digestive tract is often the result of eating the wrong types of food.
Acid is not caused only by excessive consumption of junk food. Anything
processed or overloaded with additives can upset the acid-alkaline
balance in the digestive system. Even foods that you think are healthy
can be highly acidic.
In a digestive tract that’s
already out of balance, something as simple as cooking your food can
lead to further problems. Cooking destroys natural enzymes in the food
that assist with digestion. When your digestive system is unable to
produce the necessary enzymes for digestion, the loss of natural enzymes
makes the problem worse.
Lifestyle also contributes to
digestive disorders. Stress intensifies hyperacidity. Blood is diverted
away from the stomach to the heart, lungs and muscles for the “fight
or flight” response. The stomach is deprived of necessary oxygen and
nutrients and cannot form sufficient enzymes for proper digestion.
Acid reflux irritates and swells
the mucous lining in the throat, esophagus and stomach, which disrupts
the digestive process. The irritation can form ulcers. The acid-alkaline
balance of the digestive tract is also upset, leading to further
accumulation of acid.
The intestines are affected even
more severely. Unlike digestion in the stomach, the intestinal digestive
process is meant to be alkaline, not acidic. Therefore, the intestinal
walls do not have a thick mucous lining that protects from acid as the
stomach does. The intestinal walls are meant to facilitate the
absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream.
When acid inflames the intestinal
walls, it disrupts the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. It
kills off the friendly bacteria that aid in digestion – friendly
bacteria that are no longer present in much of our food supply. The
intestinal inflammation also slows down peristalsis, the contraction of
the colon that pushes food along the intestinal tract. Undigested food
particles putrefy and lead to greater accumulation of acid.
The liver and gallbladder are also
affected. When the liver becomes overloaded with acidic waste that it
can’t eliminate, it crystallizes bile and acid waste into gallstones.
The gallbladder has difficulty releasing bile, which inhibits proper
digestion and further slows peristalsis. Acid levels continue to rise,
the liver becomes damaged, and all other body organs become vulnerable
to deterioration. Degenerative disease sets in.
THE BENEFITS OF A BALANCED pH
The best way to restore pH balance
to your digestive tract is to eliminate foods that cause acid reflux.
This also means identifying and eliminating foods that cause an allergic
Certain raw foods and whole foods
and the right combination of vegetable juices can heal the digestive
tract lining and eliminate further accumulation of acid waste. They can
heal and prevent the formation of ulcers.
Supplements that replace the
friendly bacteria and the digestive enzymes destroyed by acid can also
If you truly want to change and
help your body heal itself you need to take a proactive approach.
Don’t expect to feed your body processed foods, not exercise, then pop
a pill and be all better… it just doesn’t work that way. If you want
to bring your body into pH balance then you need a complete approach. A
great place to start is the Immersion Kit, you can learn more by going