Do you suffer from heartburn or have you been diagnosed with GERD? If so, you have likely taken an acid neutralizer.

Makes sense, right?

If you have acid indigestion then you must have too much stomach acid, right?

Wrong.

In most cases, acid indigestion is caused by too little stomach acid not too much. Taking an acid neutralizer may give you short-term relief but does little to solve your problem. In fact, in the long run, suppressing stomach acid can decrease your body’s ability to digest food properly, create nutritional deficiencies, and ultimately cause acid reflux.

Here’s how it works. When you eat, your body produces more acid. This acid production sends a signal to a valve in your stomach to close, keeping the acid in your stomach where it belongs. If your acid production is deficient (a common occurrence as we age) or suppressed, the message to close the valve is never sent. Due to inadequate acid, food sits in the stomach longer and eventually acid begins to creep up the esophagus, creating the symptoms of heartburn.

So what can you do?

We have had great success with a product called Superzymes, a potent blend of digestive enzymes and Betaine HCL. Betaine HCL is an acid that helps send the signal to close the valve so acid stays in the stomach. When taken immediately after a meal, the enzymes and acid in Superzymes can dramatically improve digestion. It has allowed many to avoid common medications as well as the symptoms associated with acid indigestion. 

If you're searching for a standalone Betaine HCL, Enzymedica has a great option that patented ingredients to support a healthy stomach lining.

It’s important to note that there are cases where too much acid is the culprit, but studies suggest it’s a small minority. If you have been taking a prescription or OTC acid neutralizer regularly, it’s best to talk with your doctor or pharmacist before discontinuing, as acid rebound can occur.

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Healthstore located at 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have concerns about your own health, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.