10 Causes of Acid Reflux & How To Easily Treat Them

Here are some other lifestyle tips to reduce reflux

  • If you are overweight then losing weight can help reduce the pressure on the LES
  • Avoid foods and drinks that irritate the stomach or promote relaxation of the LES. These include alcohol, carbonated or caffeinated drinks, chocolate, citrus, milk, peppers, and tomatoes.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking weakens the LES and reduces saliva production.
  • Eat meals earlier in the night, or just have a simple soup if you have to eat late.
  • Try intermittent fasting to give your digestion a chance to fully digest your food before eating the next meal
  • Drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, blood pressure medications, steroids, and anti-biotic drugs can all contribute to reflux.

Supplements for Reflux

Addressing the underlying cause of any health problem is always the priority in Functional Medicine, but sometimes supplements are necessary for the short term while you treat the underlying problem.

I think doing a SIBO breath test and aG.I Map Stool Test to identify if you have Helicobacter pylori or any other digestion imbalances is a good first step in eliminating reflux and improving your health. Once you have done this there are several supplements that can help to increase low stomach acid and help to repair the damage done to the mucous membrane of the esophagus caused by the stomach acid.

 

 

Summary

There is a lot of information to take in from this article so here is the quick summary of the steps you need to take to eliminate reflux

  • 1
    Dietary changes, I recommend a lower FODMAP diet for 4 weeks.
  • 2Follow the lifestyle tips, slow down your eating and eat in a relaxed environment.
  • 3
    CDSA and/or SIBO testing to identify if Helicobacter pylori infection of the stomach or a bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine is the underlying cause. This testing is available through Planet Naturopath and you will be helped with a treatment plan to eliminate these infections.
  • 4
    Replace digestive enzymes and address the inflammation of the mucosa with the recommended supplements.

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