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The problem with antacid medications (part one)

Are you presently taking antacid or acid blocking medications? If so, you’re not alone because these drugs are some of the highest selling in medical history. Unfortunately, their long-term use can cause fatigue, Candida overgrowth, bloating, SIBO, constipation, depression, headaches and many other problems. They may even increase your risk of developing kidney problems, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. There is a dark side to acid blocking medications, which isn’t explained clearly enough by doctors. It is my hope that you feel more informed about the dangers of acid blockers by the end of this two part article. Acid blocking...

Do you get belching and gas after eating?

You shouldn’t really have belching or gas after a meal and if you do, it’s a strong indicator of digestive problems. But don’t worry, you can take simple steps to improve things, as I describe below. Belching and gas typically indicate that you have low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) or pancreatic insufficiency (low pancreatic enzyme levels), or that you have bacterial overgrowth in your gut (SIBO). The sooner you belch or feel bloated after eating, the more likely it is to be low stomach acid causing the problem, and the longer the symptoms take to kick in, the more likely...

Histamine intolerance: is it causing your symptoms?...

If you have heartburn, bloating, wind, abdominal pain, headaches, a blocked nose and other common symptoms, the culprit may be histamine intolerance. Red wine. Aged cheese. Citrus fruits. Sauerkraut. Bacon. These foods are ok, right? Yes, for many people these foods work great, but not if you have a histamine intolerance. These and other popular foods are capable of causing all manner of symptoms, including migraines, hives, anxiety, acid reflux, and nasal congestion. What is histamine intolerance? If you haven’t heard of histamine intolerance, don’t worry. You’re not alone. It’s hard to diagnose and can cause a lot of...

How Candida causes heartburn, bloating and other nasty symptoms...

I’m shocked that the medical system doesn’t really consider Candida overgrowth when people have irritable bowels and other ongoing symptoms. Apart from H pylori infection, Candida overgrowth is probably the number one challenge I’ve helped people deal with over the years. It’s really common and causes a whole host of digestive symptoms – oral thrush, white coated tongue, bad breath, heartburn, bloating, constipation, IBS and diarrhoea. Candida can also cause fatigue, mood and memory problems, skin problems, athletes foot, jock itch and dandruff. Here’s a short video explaining Candida in a wee bit more detail: What causes Candida? Candida...

How to do a simple home stomach acid test

A home stomach acid test isn’t difficult to do, but it can provide an awful lot of important clues about your health. As you saw in the previous article, I was in my mid thirties when I discovered I had low stomach acid. My zinc deficiency, B6 deficiency, a history of H. pylori and high urinary indican were indirect indications. I then did a gastro-test (described below), which a home stomach acid test that confirmed a low stomach acid level. It is BIZARRE that doctors don’t measure stomach acid. Most natural health experts agree that low stomach acid levels...

What is SIBO and how does it cause IBS?

What is SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) and is it making you feel unwell? The food you eat, the way you eat it, and infections like H pylori, parasites and Candida can all cause digestive symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome. But there’s another common, yet frequently overlooked problem that isn’t very well known. SIBO – or ‘small intestinal bacterial’ overgrowth – is a relatively common condition among people with digestive symptoms. But what is SIBO, exactly? Well, it’s a condition in which large numbers of bacteria from your large intestine, or colon, end up in your small intestine...
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