Acid reflux seems to be permeating the lives of a large portion of our society. I run into more people than not who have found themselves going to doctors trying to find a solution to this nagging issue and finding themselves on one prescription drug or another designed to improve the problem. Many times no improvement manifests, and they continue on living with the condition.
Acid reflux occurs for a couple of different reasons. One being that the valve located at the top of the stomach’s entrance has become weakened and flawed and therefore at times will pop upward once food has been ingested. Normally, it would move only in a downward direction as it allows the intake of food into the stomach. This flaw is where the acid from the stomach will gain access to the esophageal walls, and so begins the process of this acid reflux and the damage it can cause.
Another reason for the occurence of this problem is hydrochloric acid and enzyme levels that have become depleted. This naturally occurs with age. When this happens food tends to digest much slower. This will eventually become a problem because the food will be in the stomach longer than it should, therefore causing gas, bloating, and belching that will contribute to the entire acid reflux process.
Yet another contributing factor in acid reflux is a diet that is primarily based on processed, refined foods. These foods do not have any enzymes of their own that aid in the digestive process. Over time, as we age these foods deplete our own enzyme levels eventually exhausting them and therefore our digestive capability slows. This results in slower exit of stomach contents leaving way for lots of gas, and bloating and indigestion which will greatly contribute to acid reflux.
Enter The Raw Foods Diet
Fortunetly, there is a good way to fight this problem on an alternative level, by implementing a raw foods diet. This can be an easy and simple way to eventually improve this condition and possibly leave your prescriptions behind given enough time on the regimen.
Raw foods are regenerative, they rebuild tissue, rather than degenerate (breakdown) tissue. Given ample time on a raw diet, the rebuilding capabilities of this food can restore the tissue of the stomach valve to a stronger condition making it possible for the valve to regain it’s normal digestive function as it stops popping upward less and less.
Raw food will also contribute to it’s own digestion because it has it’s own enzymes that break it down. It doesn’t entirely rely on the body’s digestive functions to digest it . This is key, because refined processed foods don’t possess any of their own enzymes to assist with digestion, which will slow the whole process down, as well as deplete our own enzyme bank.
Changing your diet in this way can seem rather extreme to those who have been used to the standard american processed diet for years. But, I’m convinced that if given enough time, this diet can improve their acid reflux condition enough that they’ll become hooked on the feeling of well being associated with and that will keep folks motivated to continue with the lifestyle .
I’ve seen plenty of success with regard to improving acid reflux issues by way of eating more live food while I was in the health food business. Those who experienced improvement found it easy to stay focused on this lifestyle.
Ready to give it a try? Take a look at my content producer page. On it is a list of some great raw recipes especially tailored for the beginner rawist to get started with! Just click on my picture!
Eat well, live well, enjoy!