Simply Health ME E55- GERD


What are the symptoms?

  • Pressure in chest
  • Nausea
  • Worse with eating or fasting

What is Gastroesophageal reflux disease? (GE.R.D.)

  • Stomach acid is needed for digestion
  • Stomach acid should ideally stay in the stomach
  • When the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes, acid creeps up into the esophagus
  • The problem is NOT too much acid
  • The problem is acid in the wrong place

Anything that relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter makes GERD worse

  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Peppermint
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Age

When you go to the doctor they will put you on H2 blocker or PPI

  • Which blocks acid production
  • BUT the problem is NOT too much acid
  • Its acid in the wrong place


When you block acid with H2 and PPI

  • You can’t digest your food well and then you get worsening digestive issues
  • Acid is needed to keep the correct acid / base balance
  • Decrease your acid and you can get bad bacterial overgrowth.
  • Increase in bad bacteria can cause worsening sxs

Other dangers of these medications

PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors)

FDA warnings

            longterm use of PPIs: risk of fractures, low magnesium leading to muscle cramping, , Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea, vitamin B12 , kidney issues (acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), and Lupus,  and stroke

No big deal right?

How do we treat/fix this?

  • Don’t just put a bandaid on the problem with antacids
  • Reduce bacterial overgrowth
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Lower carbohydrates
  • FODMAP diet
  • FODMAPs are certain types of carbohydrates that are
  • poorly absorbed by some people
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners
  • Lower fiber.
  • Avoid things that relax the lower esophageal sphincter

Safe natural remedies  things that help (I have found)

  • Apple Cider Vinegar / Pickle Juice
  • Works like digestive enzymes
  • Licorice (this works soo well)
  • Tea, DGL supplements

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