10 Causes of Acid Reflux & How To Easily Treat Them
How to eliminate bloating and reflux
While there are a lot of different causes of bloating which can lead to symptoms like reflux, and other IBS symptoms, the main causes is diet and lifestyle combined with low stomach acid.
While digestion supplements that contain Betaine HCL and pancreatic enzymes help to replace the low stomach acid and can greatly improve the symptoms of reflux, they may actually mask and infection like SIBO or Helicobacter pylori. These digestive enzyme supplements do not have the same side effects as PPI reflux medications but you don’t want to have to take a supplement forever if there is an underlying cause that has not been addressed.
Identify the cause
I recommend getting tested for Helicobacter pylori either with a breath test, or even better stool antigen test, this bacterial infection occurs in the stomach and will lower your ability to produce stomach acid. There are many studies associating Helicobacter pylori with reflux and also autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s, skin conditions such as Acne Rosacea, hormone imbalances, and the many other health problems associated with low stomach acid.
Also, test for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), this is the number one cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms, and the methane and hydrogen gas that these bacteria produce creates a lot of bloating. Reflux, diarrhea, constipation are all associated with SIBO.
A breath test that you can do at home can identify SIBO, this can be ordered through Planet Naturopath and if you are positive for SIBO you will be given a treatment plan to eliminate it naturally.
This type of functional medicine approach cuts out the guess work and identifies the underlying cause of reflux and other digestion issues, saving time and money in the long run.