As I promised at a seminar last week, here is the GERDS “stuff”.
In the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, the following excerpt tells you how to do a self-test for stomach acid issues: “Hydrochloric acid (HCI), which is produced by the glands in the stomach, is necessary for the breakdown and digestion of many foods. Insufficient amounts of HCI can lead to indigestion. HCI levels often decline with age. You can determine if you need more HCI with this simple test. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. If this makes your indigestion go away, then you need more stomach acid. If it makes your symptoms worse, then you have too much acid and you should take care not to take any supplements that contain HCL.”
I also promised to write up a short piece on how to use the fingers as a testing tool to determine what is beneficial or detrimental to you.
1. Relax your hand completely. Lay your pointer and middle finger out and place the pad of your thumb on the pad of the middle finger. Now, with no pressure or tension, very lightly make a circle with your thumb around the pads of the pointer and middle finger pads. It should feel smooth and silky.
2. Think of the best thing that ever happened to you while making the circle. It should feel ultra smooth.
3. Still making the circle, think of the worst thing that ever happened to you. You should notice a difference in the feel of your fingers. They may feel gritty, or dragging, or you may lose the ability to make a circle.
4. Now repeat number 2 and notice the difference.
5. Anytime you want to test an item to see if it benefits you, hold it in one hand and with the opposite hand do number 1 again. If it is smooth, your body is telling you it is good for you. If not, then your body is telling you it could be harmful to you. Try this at the grocery store with organic fruit and then regular fruit, then move on to test processed packaged foods. You may be astounded!
This takes practice to develop the sensitivity, so don’t give up. Some people are able to master it the first time (like last week’s class!) and others may just simply be too tense for it to work.
TIP: Do not predispose yourself to believing something is good or bad. Just hold it and say “I wonder?”