My Heartburn Story
When I was a kid, I had heartburn. I grew up with a lot of Tums and Mylanta in the household. Once I learned about food combining, and followed a lifestyle based on the book Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, my heartburn disappeared for good. We have written about this before in the post: 13 Lifestyle Changes That Could Eliminate Heartburn Forever.
Fast forward 20+ years later: I have made no changes to my diet – it is actually cleaner than ever and still based on Fit For Life, however, I felt the heartburn return. Not just for an hour or a day, but it started to linger, so I knew something was not right.
I dug into all of my old herb and supplement reference books, and did a little Googling. From my research and I decided to approach the heartburn as if it was H. Pylori – the most common bacteria that causes heartburn and ulcers.
My Heartburn Remedies
Here is the list of things I started taking.
Mastic Gum 1000 mg caps 2x a day
DGL – chewable tabs 3 per day
Raw Manuka Honey 1 tsp 1-2x per day
Cayenne Pepper Caps 1-2 per day 70,000+ heat units
Triphala by Himalaya 2-4 tabs per day
1 oz Aloe Gold 1-2x per day
D-Limone (Heartburn Free by Enzymatic Therapy) as directed
1 full BioK+ Probiotic per day
I upped my daily intake of Complete Digestion to 3 with each meal
During the first week or so I took ACF extra strength by Buried Treasure 1 x per day because it has Andrographis, Cats Claw, Olive Leaf and Colloidal Silver
Every few days I did a Apple Cider Vinegar and Manuka Honey tonic (pictured)
My Heartburn Cured
After about 10 days, there was about 50% improvement, but since it wasn’t closer to 100% at that point, I made an appointment with my doctor. My doctor is an MD, who also studies and embraces alternative therapies including supplements and herbs.
After giving her all of the info – onset, symptoms, and my self treatment so far, she encouraged me that I was taking/doing all of the right things, and as long as I continued to feel improvement there was no need for any testing or further diagnosing. Her other recommendations were:
- Recognize that it had been an unusually stressful few months prior, and that there are possible hormonal changes taking place. The heartburn was very likely a symptom of those two factors.
- Make sure I was taking magnesium every day consistently (I take it, but was not consistent, now I am), she prefers the ionized kind, and if you have been reading this blog long enough, you know we do too!
Every week I continued to feel improvement, so I did not have to return to the doctor. It took about 4-5 weeks total, to get back to 100%.
I’m thankful for supplements and alternative medicine, and thankful for having a doctor that takes a holistic approach. I am thankful for my health, and the opportunity to realize that stress does affect us all, often in ways that we don’t realize or make connections to. This was a great reminder that emotions and hormones are powerful influencers on our wellbeing.
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