In a previous post “Your Gut Is Unique, Just Like Your Treatment Plan” we outlined exactly how the Heartburn Relief Kit works and how to follow the dosage plan throughout your course of treatment. We highly recommend reading through this post if you haven’t done so already as it’s an excellent guide to getting started on your plan.
However, we also want to give you a clear idea of what to expect once you start the course to ease any concerns you may have. It is a little difficult to be extremely detailed in this regard as every individual has a different history and varying levels of symptoms, but we can provide guidelines of what to expect for the average individual.
When you get your kit, you’ll be starting with the Acid Relief supplement. You will take 2 of these daily in Week 1 of the treatment. On day 8, you will stop your PPI if you are on one and start 2 of the Reflux Inhibitor daily before your heaviest meal and keep taking the acid relief. You are advised to take up to a max of 5 Reflux Inhibitors once daily before this meal, but we recommend that you start with 2 and increase gradually up to 5 if you feel the dosage is not working for you, i.e. reducing your symptoms. You can also take extra Acid Relief if/as needed up to a max of 10 daily and you can take this at any time. Some people prefer to take the Acid Relief with food to help with swallowing it, but either way, we recommend taking it with a decent amount of water – a pint glass would be fine. Note: you can also open the Acid Relief if you can’t swallow capsules but you cannot open the Reflux Inhibitor.
What Results To Expect
When the Reflux Inhibitor is working, you will gradually start to experience less acid reflux and heartburn. It is not going to work right away as it is a long-term solution and not a short-term fix. We expect you to have some small improvement after about 2-3 weeks on the Reflux Inhibitor, if you have no improvement or any change at all after 1 week then go ahead and increase it. If you’d like to go ahead and try increasing it sooner than this, you can do so. This is very much a trial and error process until you get the dosage that works for you and we’re always here to work with you along the way if you reach out to us on Facebook Messenger.
You will likely have to adjust this dosage over the course of the 100-120 day treatment plan and this is important to do if you feel your progress has stalled. If you’re two months into the treatment and you’re still getting acid reflux now and then but have had gradual small improvements, this is normal and all part of the process. Your gut is healing and that takes time. During this time, the Acid Relief is working daily to heal any damage to the lining of your stomach and esophagus, and the Reflux Inhibitor is restoring your stomach acidity to a level that stops your LES from remaining open which is what causes acid reflux. In time, your stomach will start producing this acid itself and you will no longer need the Reflux Inhibitor. When you are no longer getting any acid reflux, the Acid Relief will continue to work on the healing process to ease any burning from pre-existing damage. So, if you’re still getting some heartburn by the 90 day mark but you don’t have any acid reflux, don’t panic, your body just needs time to heal. Think of it as a bad burn on your hand – if you keep burning it over and over again then it’s never going to heal. But once we have the acid reflux under control, that uninterrupted healing process can really begin.
Coming Off A PPI
As mentioned in the dosage instructions, you will come off your PPI if you are on one and you will do so before starting the Reflux Inhibitor. This is something that can be concerning for some people because they are so used to using the PPI to control their acid reflux, and that’s understandable. They are used to getting acid reflux as soon as they stop the PPI at any time (which is the issue with using PPIs and why they don’t actually resolve acid reflux).
For this reason, a lot of clients ask us if they will have “rebound” reflux when they come off the PPI and start on our supplements. In our experience of dealing with people every day who come off PPIs, there is sometimes a bit of a transition period in the first 1-2 weeks, however, what’s happening during this time is that they’re adjusting the dosage to the level that will work for them. We need to increase acidity to get the LES to close, but if we don’t hit that level then you’ll get some acid reflux in the interim because that acid is going to get through. For this reason, this isn’t really exclusively a “coming off a PPI” issue, it’s a common dosage adjustment period. In the case of people who have previously been on a PPI, acidity will be even lower, so if you do get acid reflux, make sure that you increase your Reflux Inhibitor dose. The last thing to do is panic and go back on the PPI right away as we want to increase that acidity, not tank it again! Once you follow the directions for adjusting dosage when you get started, you’ll find the right dose for you pretty quickly and can get on the road to recovery!
When To Start The pH Balancer (Or Do You Need To?)
The pH balancer is included in our Acid Management Kit because it is an excellent addition to the Reflux Inhibitor for maintaining a healthy gut and level of acidity. You can start taking this at any stage of the process and it will be beneficial, but we recommend it mostly during the last few weeks of treatment when you’re coming off the RI and perhaps the following month/s. In our experience, taking the pH balancer with the RI when you’re reducing it and after treatment can improve the speed of the process and long-term results.
Other Digestive Issues Such As Bloating
Many people suffering from acid reflux have a number of digestive problems going on due to the low acidity and one of the key problems is bloating. This is because when acidity is too low, food cannot be digested properly. If you experience bloating when on the Reflux Inhibitor, it usually means that you’re not on a high enough dose to get your acidity to a level for optimal digestion and we recommend increasing dosage in this case. If, however, your acid reflux seems to be resolved on your current dosage but you still have bloating, we often recommend increasing your digestive enzymes with the Digestive Aid and clearing out your system with the Detox Cleanse. There are a few treatment options available when this is an issue and it’s best to discuss it with us 1:1 by sending us a direct message on Facebook for a consultation.
We Are Only A Direct Message Away!
Hopefully this gives you a good idea of what to expect when on the Heartburn Relief Kit. We are always available on Facebook Mon-Fri and will respond to any messages within 24 hours. Our client Facebook group is also an excellent resource for sharing your experience and getting support from others following the program so please do join if you haven’t already – we can’t wait to see you there!