Acid Indigestion and Heartburn – What’s Going on Down There?
The pain caused by acid indigestion and heartburn is your tummy’s way of saying, “Ouch! What you’re eating hurts!” What to do? You can medicate to squelch the pain or you can avoid the foods that have become toxic for your system.
While popping a pill is a common response, it’s shortsighted. According to a study published on January 11, 2016 by JAMA Internal Medicine, the popular PPIs (proton-pump inhibitor) meds used for heartburn, acid reflux and GERD cause a 20 to 50% higher risk for chronic kidney disease. Earlier studies correlate the use of PPIs with increased bone fractures, infections and heart problems. In 2013, 15 million Americans used PPIs such as Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec. That’s a lot of people who stopped the pain with medication, but who now worry about its potentially devastating side effects.
Plan B – Face Reading and Diet
As on option, Plan B shows photos of my clients who changed their diets to resolve their acid indigestion and heartburn. Yes, our faces, as do all parts of our body, interface and exchange energy with our whole system. That’s why faces are a readout our inner condition. With amazingly specific detail, facial indicators provide relevant clues about what’s going on under our skin. One place to “read” digestive issues is above the lip.
Here’s a photo of a young woman who complained of a bad taste in her mouth and an extreme inflammatory condition. Note how her lip border at the cupid’s bow (the double curve) is dark red, above the lip border there’s a pink/white line and topping it all off is a brick-red color. Furthermore, her lip borders are not clearly demarcated. One sign of good digestion is a clear precise delineation between the lips and surrounding skin.
Heartburn was this man’s complaint and you can see that his upper lip edge is blurred and lacks definition. As with the above photo, his lip is pinker in the central portion.
Before and After Photos Showing Regained Digestive Health
Here’s the intake photo of a 31-year-old man, Alan, with digestive complaints. Note the variable color on his lips, the blurred boundary between top lip and skin, the deep ridges in his lower lip and its purple color. At intake and using a scale of 1 (mild), 2 (moderate) or 3 (chronic or extreme) he calibrated his following symptoms as:
2 Heartburn/stomach pain
3 Abdominal discomfort
1 Blood in stool
From my evaluation, I determined the root causes of his various symptoms were leaky gut and gut dysbiosis. I offered Alan lifestyle and dietary suggestions.
Alan adjusted his diet to almost exclude the foods that his system couldn’t assimilate and two months later, he sent me his current photo and ranked his former issues as being nearly resolved:
0.5 Heartburn/stomach pain
0.5 Abdominal discomfort
0 Blood in stool
If you find yourself thinking that Alan could make these transformations because he was in his 30s but, as you’re older, there’s no hope for you, hogwash!
The intake photo of an octogenarian, Robert, shows vivid pink/red above his top lip, especially in the central portion, a blurred lip border and lips that “look”, to my eye, inflamed.
Robert followed my diet recommendations and a month later sent me this photo. No more pink above the lip and he reported more energy and a happier tummy! If Robert can do it at 81, I’m confident that you also can make relevant dietary upgrades.
Your digestive health is largely up to you. If you have acid reflux, indigestion, GERD, heartburn or another physical imbalance, will you take a med for it or change your diet? You’ll find multiple resources for preventative care including recipes, health articles and face reading basics here on this blog and I’m also available for personal consultations.