Heartburn is a form of acid indigestion where acid leaves the stomach and enters the esophagus causing burning and pain. While eating, food passes down the esophagus and into the stomach. There, the stomach secretes hydrochloric acid and pepsin to break down proteins and begin the process of digestion. The stomach has a mucus lining to help protect it against this acid. The esophagus however does not have any lining. A muscular valve at the top of the stomach holds the stomach’s contents - including the acid - in the stomach. This valve opens to permit belching, and then closes again.
Heartburn occurs when the valve at the top of the stomach allows acid to steep back (reflux) into the esophagus. The acid burns and inflames the esophageal lining. This creates a burning sensation in the center of the chest (heartburn). The more technical term for this is acid reflux.
Although uncomfortable, occasional heartburn or acid reflux is not a serious condition. It is an indicator that dietary changes are needed - not only with food but how it is consumed. If this condition happens frequently, then persistent inflammation of the esophagus can result in more serious damage. This damage is referred to as gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD. This is very common, and affects 5-7% of the American population.
GERD causes an erosion of the esophagus due to continual acid damage. Scar tissue then forms which narrows the passageway. It also increases the risk of esophageal cancer. Several things cause acid indigestion: Poor digestion, irritating foods and mechanical pressure. Taking foods with liquids and not chewing food enough before swallowing can also cause this issue.
In this scenario, the more protein foods are cooked, the more the proteins are denatured. Denatured proteins become “leathery” making it more difficult for the digestive juices to penetrate the tissues and break down the food particles. Greasy fried foods create the same problem because water and oil do not mix. The grease coats the food particles, preventing penetration by the hydrochloric acid.
When food is not thoroughly chewed, it is harder for the digestive juices to penetrate the foods, and there is not enough saliva mixed in with the proper enzymes that begin to break down the food. The first step in digestion begins with THOROUGH chewing, breaking down the food and mixing it with saliva so it goes down the esophagus in a liquid form. It is also recommended to stop taking liquids with meals. Do not drink anything during your meal or up to 30 minutes after. This is because the liquids dilute the digestive juices, leaving the food in the stomach longer and making it harder to break down. Additionally, when you drink with meals you are likely to chew less since you’re relying on your drink to “wash down” your food rather than properly masticating (chewing/breaking it down) first.
Overeating also causes acid indigestion as the stomach becomes overburdened with more food than it can handle. The stomach is actually a very delicate organ that should be treated much more gently than we are used to. When food cannot be properly digested, the body signals for the production of more HCL (acid). The longer the food and acid are working together in the stomach, the higher the chance of indigestion.
Food combining is also something to look into as there are certain foods that do not digest well together. For tips on proper food combining, there are many tables/charts available and books to learn about this subject.
Some foods might trigger an allergic response and cause acid indigestion. Some of the most common offenders include onions, peppermints, chocolate, coffee, citrus fruits, tomatoes, garlic, sugar and spicy foods. While these foods cause acid indigestion, other factors cause the acid to reflux in the esophagus - even if the acid production isn’t excessive.
Anything that pushes the stomach upward can put pressure on the valve - including intestinal gas and bloating, excessive body weight, tight fitting clothes, pregnancy, and lying down after eating. Stress also tenses the solar plexus area and draws the stomach upward.
When a portion of the upper stomach passes through the opening in the diaphragm where the esophagus enters (knows as the hiatus), this is called a hiatal hernia. A hiatal hernia creates chronic digestive weakness. Pressure on the stomach from below (as previously described) can also be created by repeated stress and the “swallowing of emotions
A hiatal hernia causes a kink in the valve at the top of the stomach, creating chronic heartburn or GERD. It can also put pressure on the heart, weaken the thyroid, and contribute to chronic gas and bloating in the intestines. This is a mechanical problem that must be mechanically corrected with surgery. Herbs and supplements alone cannot correct this.
Since acid reflux usually begins with poor digestion brought on by lack of digestive enzymes, food allergies, or processed foods that are difficult for the body to digest, taking the enzymes to help foods break down better is the first step. Believe it or not, acid reflux can actually be a sign that the body isn't producing enough hydrocholoric acid to properly digest proteins. The undigested food ferments, producing waste acids and fermentation. In these cases, the acid indigestion is usually accompanied by poor digestion of proteins, intestinal gas and bloating, and a heavy feeling in the stomach after eating. The acid indigestion usually occurs about an hour after eating and the tongue is pale - often with a heavy coating.
Healing Methods for Different Conditions
For immediate relief, take any bitter herb in liquid or powder form (golden seal works well), place it on the tongue and suck on it. This will relieve the burning very quickly. For long term relief start using enzymes, digestive bitters and/or hydrochloric acid supplements as directly by a professional.
In the more rare cases where there really is too much acid production in the stomach - the symptoms will be different than what was described above. The protein digestion will be good and food will digest rapidly. The tongue will be red and usually the person will be younger in age. This condition is usually due to overeating and stress. It may also be attributed to eating too many grains and refined carbohydrates without enough protein and vegetables. An antacid like Stomach Comfort can be used for this kind of occasional acid indigestion.
If bloating and gas are problems, this may also contribute to acid reflux. Intestinal gas and bloating put pressure on the stomach - pressing it upwards against the diaphragm. Use carminatives to relieve gas pressure.
To heal damage to the esophagus and digestive tract, soothing mucilaginous remedies are needed. One of the best is Aloe Vera Juice, but there are many others. By sipping small amounts of Aloe diluted in water, the burning/inflammation in the esophagus due to the acid reflux can be cooled and soothed. Aloe will also help to normalize the pH of the body, reducing over-acidity in general.
Here at Denver Holistic Skin Clinic, we use the Zyto transdermal screening device to help determine which herbs and protocols you body is biologically coherent to. Along with lifestyle and diet changes, an herbal supplement regimen can help reduce not only the symptoms but the cause of your indigestion disorders.
3/28/2019 0 Comments
The skin is the largest organ of the body and is considered the first line of defense against bacteria, pollution, debris, and much more. Thus, we always think that when we apply creams and lotions to our skin, we are protecting our skin. However, this is not always the case. While a thin layer of lotion adds a small amount of protection, the lotion makes the skin thin. Skin thinning can cause further damage to the skin. Synthetic creams or lotions tend to contain harmful chemicals. This can cause skin irritation and worsen the skin’s condition. Also, some skin care clinics prescribe drugs and creams, while others use UV rays to treat such skin conditions. However, UV rays are also harmful by penetrating deep into the skin, allowing molecular changes that may lead to skin cancer.
What Makes Holistic Skin Care Clinic Different?
There are different skin care clinics all around Wheat Ridge. However, most of them utilize the traditional medical methods of treating skin conditions. Only some give their clients a holistic way of dealing with chronic skin conditions. One such skin care clinic is Denver Holistic Skincare Clinic. How are they different from other clinics in Denver? One, they DO NOT use prescription drugs to treat patients. And two, the experts at Denver Holistic Skincare Clinic make use of lifestyle planning. This adjustment supports an all-out healing process of the body and skin.
Denver Holistic Skincare Clinic’s proud owner, Diana Dannelly, makes sure that her patients receive the best care possible through the help of medicinal herbs. Being a clinical herbalist, she uses encapsulated herbs so patients can take the herbs orally. This ensures her clients will heal naturally from within. This natural solution flushes out the toxins of the body.
Why Choose a Skin Care Clinic That Specializes in Holistic Treatments?
When choosing a skin care clinic, you should search for the best, proven ways of treating skin conditions. Often, people choose to walk in drug stores and buy skin care creams and lotions. Unfortunately, the possibility of worsening their skin condition does not occur to them. So the last resort is to consult with skin care experts, go through several tests, and find out what they can do to resolve the skin condition. However, most skin care clinics prescribe creams that damage the skin rather than healing it. This is why holistic clinics were started. Skin care experts saw that prescribed drugs and creams had different effects on different people. They could heal yes, but mostly for a short time. Here are the reasons why you should choose a skin care clinic that uses herbal treatments.
3/11/2019 0 Comments
Due to its location, Denver experiences extreme weather. From heavy hail storms to scorching summer heat, the weather in the Mile High City is unpredictable. Some of this weather leaves residents in the area feeling as if their skin is falling from their body because it induces different skin conditions. One skin condition that is prominent is eczema.
Eczema is caused by food allergies, the weather, and more. Allergens can worsen eczema by triggering the immune system of a person. Children aged 5 and below are more susceptible to having eczema. Also, those with a family history of eczema are prone to it.
Now Denver, a location where eczema is a major concern, offers different skin care clinics. However, not all can treat the worst cases of eczema. Some treatments include the application of creams and prescribed drugs that can thin the skin. This thinning of the skin may lead to more severe skin conditions. Other treatments utilize the power of UV rays; however, UV rays can be harmful to the skin by causing skin cancer. Luckily, Denver Holistic Skincare Clinic provides holistic treatments that can get rid of eczema.
A Holistic Eczema Treatment in Denver
As mentioned, treatments for eczema often involve risks, such as skin thinning, harmful UV rays, side effects from prescription drugs, or worsening skin conditions caused by creams and lotions. Worry not, because Diana Dannelly has found a holistic alternative that can treat skin conditions. Herbs! Yes, Diana uses encapsulated herbs alongside lifestyle planning to treat numerous skin conditions, including eczema. How does she do it? Throwing aside the traditional practices of western medicine, Diana Dannelly uses medicinal herbs for the healing of the body and skin. Since our skin is reliant on the food we consume, most symptoms of skin conditions come from inside the body like bacterial overgrowth, pathogens, and system toxicity.
A Natural Approach to Eczema Treatment
Denver Holistic Skincare Clinic offers a host of skin care treatments ranging from acne prevention to eczema treatments. All of these are done with the use of medicinal herbs. The herbs help revitalize your body while flushing out the toxins that cause skin conditions. Here the ways were in we use holistic treatments.
Now there are a lot of ways to treat skin conditions in Denver. Yes, you may use creams and lotions, but be wary since there can be side effects. There are treatments that use harmful UV rays that may affect your skin and can worsen your condition. Putting chemically synthesized lotions and creams on your skin can cause it to thin. Thus, only the proven and tested skin care available is from Denver Holistic Skincare Clinic, We heal your skin naturally, eliminating eczema and other skin conditions totally.
Diana M Dannelly, Owner
Legal Disclaimer: None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA. None of the herbs, protocols, equipment and assessment technology are FDA approved or can be legally used to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any disease or illness. These therapies do not take the place of medical care by a licensed medical professional.