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BOOK LOVE: 30 Day Heartburn Solution

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The typical treatment for heartburn is antacids. I’ll always remember my grandmother and her Rolaids. You couldn’t separate the two! She carried extras around in her purse.

These days, some of the most profitable drugs in America are prescription antacids — Nexium, Prilosec, and Zantac come immediately to mind. Yet do these actually treat heartburn? Or make it worse in the long run?

One of my friends and fellow bloggers, Craig Fear of Fearless Eating (that’s a wicked cool blog name, isn’t it?), wrote a book exploring the cause of heartburn and offering a 30 day Real Food diet plan for saying goodbye to heartburn once and for all. It’s called the 30 Day Heartburn Solution. Craig is not only a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, but a generous spirit. So when I asked him if he’d provide you guys with a coupon for his e-book, he did!


What causes heartburn?

The first 25 pages or so of Craig’s book explore the root causes of heartburn.

What he argues (and I now thoroughly believe) is that heartburn is not caused by too much acid, but by not enough.

It turns out that in the presence of low stomach acid, the sugars in the food we eat can ferment and cause excess gas. Craig explains:

Bloating, belching, and bad breath are some of the symptoms that result. The maldigested mass of food and the gas that results builds up in the stomach and can start to put pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the valve that keeps the stomach separate from the esophagus. Over time, the LES can weaken through this continuous increased pressure.

As pressure builds, some of the acidic contents of the stomach can reflux back into the esophagus. And as we’ve seen, unlike the stomach, the lining of the esophagus is not meant for acid so it burns. As previously described, this burning of the lining of the esophagus is known as heartburn. So the root cause of heartburn is the under production of stomach acid.

Mind? Blown.

So what about all these antacids we are taking? Wouldn’t those make the problem worse?

While it is true that by lowering the acid content of the stomach, they successfully relieve the burning sensation of heartburn, these medicines ultimately perpetuate the problem.

And on top of that, they actually can cause other digestive issues as well — which Craig explains quite satisfactorily in his book.

So, how do you “fix” low stomach acid?

Craig developed a nutritional treatment plan that he uses with patients in his practice (Pioneer Valley Nutritional Therapy in MA), and that’s the protocol that he shares in the second half of his book.

It’s a 4 week protocol, divided in two, two week segments.

He goes into a tremendous amount of detail, so I’m a little apprehensive about hitting the highlights here for fear of misrepresenting Craig’s solution. But to put it simply, he prescribes a 100% real food diet for the full 30 days that promotes gut health and helps soothe the gut lining. The first two weeks are entirely grain-free, and the second set of two weeks can include a series of recommended (short-term!) supplements if you’re not already seeing marked improvement.

I appreciate how Craig handled this portion of the book. Not only does he provide sound reasoning and practical steps towards guiding you in the diet, but he also has “troubleshooting” sections to help you if a particular step seems difficult or hard to implement.

And yes, there are recipes.

Thankfully, this section is packed full of recipes to help you succeed in enacting Craig’s nutritional protocol.

I heartily recommend this book if you’re suffering from heartburn or GERD.

I believe it will help you nip your problem in the bud.

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How to save 20% on Craig Fear’s 30 Day Heartburn Solution

If you or someone you love is suffering from heartburn or GERD, you will want to take advantage of this exclusive coupon (which Craig created just for you guys!).

Use coupon code Heartburn20 by Thursday, October 31st to save 20% off the list price.

(Click here to buy 30 Day Heartburn Solution.)

If you want to a couple real life stories of finding heartburn relief using Craig’s protocol, click here.

Want to read more BOOK LOVE posts?

This is the fourth in a weekly Weekend Book Love Series (see them all here).

Next week, I’ll be reviewing The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook: 80 Gluten-Free Treats for Breakfast & Dessert (currently a #1 Amazon best-seller!).

(Seriously, I get about a dozen books each month from authors and publishers asking me to review them! It’s time I did something with my never-ending supply of interesting books and select the most awesome, most useful, most well-written of the lot to review.)

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8 Responses to BOOK LOVE: 30 Day Heartburn Solution
  1. Stari Benedict
    October 20, 2013 | 8:05 am

    Thank you for sharing this. Dr. Sherry Rogers wrote about this same issue – and other GI issues – in her book “No More Heartburn” several years ago. Seems that conventional medical treatment with OTC and Rx acid reducers is causing so many more chronic health problems for people in this area. Improper digestion affects the whole body. I appreciate your posts.

    • Kristen
      October 20, 2013 | 10:06 am

      You’re welcome! I think this is an important health issue to cover since so many are going about treating heartburn the WRONG way.

  2. Mack
    October 20, 2013 | 8:11 am

    I purchased the heartburn book through paypal & downloaded it in kindle & iphone, the format does not compute. I have to constantly enlarge every page & slide back & forth to read it, this is the same for iBook.
    Though I really want this, it’s just too hard to read on an iPhone.
    Please let your readers know not to load this book to moble devices.
    I feel that I wasted 20 bucks.

    • Kristen
      October 20, 2013 | 10:04 am

      Yes, his ebook is PDF formatted. This *can* work on Kindle or iBook, but you have to finagle it to make it work.

      PDFs are best viewed on desktops, laptops, and tablets, not e-readers.

      Unfortunately when buying e-books, there is not a one size fits all format yet, so you have to pay attention to what will work on your particular device.

      Have you contacted Craig about your issue yet? If you don’t have a computer to read the book with, I am sure he will process a refund for you.

  3. Phil
    October 22, 2013 | 10:41 am

    Save the money and take 2 oz Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar every night in a 1/2 glass of water. I have not had heart burn for 2 years.

    • Joan C
      October 22, 2013 | 12:47 pm

      I have not read the book, but I agree with Phil. I had surgery several years ago and had terrible heartburn (not at all normal for me)for a month afterward. I assume it was from the IV antibiotics. I was taking an antacid everyday and a friend recommended I try raw ACV and also start on a probiotic. The heartburn was gone in a two days.

  4. ahmo
    October 22, 2013 | 6:01 pm

    I was using small amounts of apple cider or bicarb for occasional heartburn. I then uncovered low potassium, began increasing my potassium , and no longer have these heartburn episodes. Thanks for your work. ahmo

  5. Julie Schwab
    October 23, 2013 | 7:23 pm

    Both me and my husband were cured of heartburn through peppermint tea! Drank it non-stop for about a month and gone!

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