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Ask The Health Expert

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Triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer JJ Virgin is a passionate advocate of eating and exercising smarter. JJ and her team help people stay fired up and healthy as they age, so they feel the best they ever have at age 40+.JJ is a prominent TV and media personality, whose … read more


The Truth About Heartburn & How to Get Relief Without Antacids with JJ Virgin

Say goodbye to heartburn and acid reflux! In today’s podcast episode, JJ reveals the true cause of heartburn, as well as her top tips on how to relieve heartburn symptoms without resorting to antacids. Listen to find out about the dangerous long-term consequences of acid-reducing medications, as well as the diet and lifestyle strategies that can help you address heartburn symptoms safely and naturally. You don’t have to suffer from heartburn any longer!


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Main Points From Today’s Episode

  1. Conventional wisdom says that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), more commonly called heartburn, occurs when too much stomach acid splashes upwards toward your esophagus, creating burning and discomfort. However, research shows that too little – not too much – stomach acid often creates GERD.
  2. Over-the-counter antacids and prescription acid-reducing medications often mask underlying problems and can make things worse in the long run. That “little purple pill” has now been proven to cause dangerous vitamin deficiencies and increased risk of osteoporosis, immune problems, and premature death!
  3. Losing weight and minimizing problem foods are two strategies that can help relieve heartburn symptoms. Some trigger foods include coffee, tea, tomatoes, citrus, chocolate, and gluten-containing foods.


Episode Play-By-Play

[0:35] Introduction to today’s episode

[1:03] Common symptoms of heartburn

[2:24] Listener shout-out

[3:04] Busting the myth that too much stomach acid is the cause of GERD

[3:48] How stress and aging can contribute to GERD

[4:48] Antacids don’t fix the underlying problem, and can actually make things worse in the long run.

[5:02] Too little stomach acid as the culprit behind GERD

[5:43] The consequences of too little stomach acid

[6:22] JJ’s story about a man who had been on acid-reducing medication for years and discovered that he had osteoporosis

[6:45] The adverse effects of acid-reducing medications

[7:25] Strategies to relieve heartburn naturally

[7:48] How weight loss can help with GERD

[8:33] Strategies to help balance blood sugar levels and boost weight loss

[9:26] Common foods that can trigger heartburn symptoms

[10:06] Drink up (but at the right time).

[10:50] Studies show that reducing or eliminating high-sugar impact foods can help relieve GERD.

[11:41] Why you should drop gluten

[12:38] Slow down - research shows that people who are plowing through their meals suffer more GERD.

[14:00] How digestive enzymes with betaine HCl can help

[14:57] It’s important to get great sleep.

[15:22] Why you need to stop eating at least 3 hours before bed

[16:08] Create a power-down hour!

[16:53] JJ takes Sleep Candy every night.

[17:24] It’s crucial to manage your stress levels.

[18:50] Start by picking one thing, and then tracking your symptoms in a journal.

[19:33] JJ’s top takeaways from today’s episode


Mentioned in this episode:

9 Steps to Reduce Acid Reflux Without Antacids

JJ Virgin 7-Day Stop, Drop & Swap Challenge

How to Build a Balanced Meal: The Sugar Impact Plate

Reignite Wellness Safety Net Plus

JJ Virgin Sleep Candy

7 Ways to Fall & Stay Asleep

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Ziva Meditation

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