Dr. Oz: Heartburn Medication Can Do Harm
Dr. Oz kicked off his show by talking about heartburn. 50 million people experience heartburn flare ups every single day. Dr. Oz said he had a plan to end heartburn for good without a pill.
Before the show, Dr. Oz asked the audience to show what was in their purses. They went through their purses very carefully and found a number of things. But they didn’t tell the audience why they were interested in their purses.
Dr. Oz called up Michelle, who had lots of medicines in her purse. She had antacids in particular. Michelle said she might take anywhere from two to 14 a day to help the heartburn. She said it helps temporarily, but heartburn is a daily stress in her life.
Dr. Oz said a lot of the heartburn medication, including antacids, can be doing more harm than good, because they’re covering up the problem, rather than dealing with what’s going on deep inside. Heartburn can cause symptoms like headaches, sore throats, and rotten teeth, all of which aren’t addressed with the heartburn medication.
Dr. Oz: Heartburn Health Clinic
Dr. Oz wanted to help people with heartburn, so he launched the first free Heartburn Help Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia. Nearly 1,000 people showed up. One woman came because she gets sore throats and has hoarseness a lot. She even sometimes can’t sleep because of her acid reflux. She said she didn’t want to take a pill for it every day, she just wanted to be fixed.
Dr. Oz partnered with bariatric surgeon Dr. James Butch Rosser and his team to provide free gastroesophageal screenings. Dr. Rosser looked at this woman’s throat to determine what her issues are. He said she didn’t have any ulcers and her esophagus looked good. It turned out she didn’t have acid reflux at all. She actually probably had a sinus problem. This means she was put on a pill for the wrong problem.
Dr. Oz also talked to Sarah, a blues singer who thought she had chronic sinus infections that were causing her throat problems. It turned out she had an acid reflux issue.
Dr. Oz: What Causes Heartburn?
Back in the studio with Michelle, Dr. Rosser explained that the way we eat in Western culture is problematic. We like hamburgers and chicken and so all of us are fighting that battle. But food we know is bad for us brings acid into our bodies and weakens the valve between the stomach and the esophagus, allowing acid to go where it shouldn’t be.
Dr. Oz: Acid-Promoting Foods
There are several foods that promote acid. Some of these are acidic foods like citrus fruits and grapefruits, whether in their normal form or in juice forms. There’s also soft drinks and carbonated foods. These cause a lot of acid.
Fatty foods also cause acid build up, like a burger, bacon, peanut butter, milk, and cheese. Wine, coffee, chocolate, and hot sauces are also troublesome.
Dr. Oz: Alkaline Foods to Help Heartburn
Luckily, there’s a new food category that can help combat acid reflux. They’re called alkaline foods and they’re going to be critical to your diet if you suffer from heartburn. Apples, pears, bananas, beans, mushrooms, spinach, carrots, turkey, salmon, skim milk, whole grain breads, and manuka honey. Dr. Rosser said that manuka honey is a “secret weapon” against acid reflux. Chicken is also on the list, as long as it’s not fried.
These foods are important to win the battle against heartburn because they’re the first line of defense. They’ll help you avoid having to take a pill and surgery.
Dr. Oz: Alkaline Food Plan to Cure Heartburn
A typical day might begin with a smoothie with bananas and ginger in it. Many of us start with acidic foods for breakfast, so this is a great way to start making a change. For lunch, you might have a spinach salad. When it comes to snacks, you might have some popcorn with Parmesan cheese and dill, but with no butter. Finally, for dinner, you might have an angel hair pasta with shrimp with olive oil instead of tomato sauce, butter, or any white sauce.
So to fix your heartburn, make alkaline foods part of your diet. If you eat one of the acidic foods, eat twice as much of the alkaline foods. Dr. Rosser said the majority of people will improve following this plan. He said people are going to break the rules, but when you break the rules, make sure you get right back to the plan. If you like your wine, you can have your wine. But have some coconut water waiting nearby, because it’s a great alkaline drink.