The Real Causes of Acid Reflux, Heartburn & GERD – Dr.Berg

By | July 13, 2019
The Real Causes of Acid Reflux, Heartburn & GERD – Dr.Berg

You may be surprised at the real causes of acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD.

0:00 The real causes of acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD
2:10 Let’s take a closer look at achlorhydria, a condition in which you have no stomach acid
3:48 The problem isn’t too much acid it’s acid that’s splashing up into your esophagus

If you have acid reflux, heartburn, or GERD, this is the video for you.

When you look up the official cause of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder) it will tell you it’s because of loss of pressure between the sphincter on top of the stomach and the stomach.

When you look up the cause of heartburn it will say it’s a symptom of GERD caused by acid reflux. What? The cause of acid reflux is officially “not sure”. Could be pregnancy. Or smoking, obesity, or a hiatal hernia.

Because there’s so little clarity people end up managing their own symptoms with medications such as antacids, proton pump inhibitors, and H2 receptor blockers. All of these reduce the acid in your stomach but they have some potentially serious side effects including but not limited to:

●C diff (a bacterial infection)
●Kidney stones
●Achlorhydria, which can occur with all three of these types of medications

Let’s take a closer look at achlorhydria, a condition in which you have no more stomach acid. Its side effects include:

●Acid reflux
●Decreased B12
●Decreased magnesium
●Decreased zinc

So the medications that cause achlorhydria are in turn causing acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD.

Too much stomach acid results in different conditions such as sour stomach and acid stomach which could lead to gastritis. The normal stomach pH is 1-3 out of a scale that goes to 14. You can’t get a more acidic fluid than 1! So it’s not too much acid, the problem is acid that’s splashing up into the esophagus because of the valve that isn’t properly closing. It’s controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Which means we really have an autonomic nervous system problem which is then wrongly treated with antacids.

So let’s take another look at the causes of achlorhydria. They include the microbe H pylori which depletes stomach acid. As well, they include decreased zinc, decreased potassium and sodium, and decreased chlorides among others.

Since achlorhydria causes the 3 conditions, what happens if we add acid back into the stomach? The conditions go away. Take apple cider vinegar and betaine hydrochloride to help heal acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD along with the nutrients mentioned above.

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Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 56, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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