According to the American College of Gastroenterology, nearly 60 billion Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a month and 15 million daily. So chances are you know that burning pain of acid indigestion.
It used to be thought that heartburn was caused by too much acid in the stomach, however we now know that heartburn is most often caused by too little acid in the stomach. Research and evidence continues to gain speed to support this reality.
"An important feature of the new study was its finding that more than half of GERD patients who took popular over-the-counter drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, designed to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach, still reported persistent symptoms." - Cedars Sinai
You probably have reached for Tums, Pepcid, or Prilosec, or maybe even some over the counter omeprazole thinking you had an acid problem when in reality you may have a low acid problem leavings food in your stomach for too long with not enough acid to break it down or the valve that closes the stomach to the esophagus is malfunctioning. Is your mind blown? PPI's and acid reducers do just that...reduce acid. This will leave you feeling worse over time. The good news is, you can soothe your inflamed tissues and begin to reverse the damage with natural remedies that actually work.
Marshmallow root is a perennial herb prevalent in Europe and western Asia. But don't worry you don't need to hop a plane to get the goods. Most local herb stores have this dried root available and if you ever need a recommendation, message me.
Cold-Brew Marshmallow Root
1 TBSP marshmallow root
1 TBSP dried peppermint leaf
1 tsp fresh ginger
Place all ingredients into a pint size mason jar.
Pour cold filtered water over the herbs and fill to the top
Place in the fridge for a min of 3 hours to let the herbs steep.
Strain the herbs with cheese cloth or metal strainer and drink the tea cold
The marshmallow works as a mucilage, producing a thick substance that coats your esophagus membranes and soothes the tissues. It's like pouring water on a campfire! This process also helps engulf bad bacteria and dead cell tissues which will help speed up the healing process. My clients rave about this cold-brew and I have a feeling you will too!