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REFLUX & HEARTBURN

Heartburn (a form of indigestion or reflux) is a feeling of burning pain or discomfort in the chest, usually after eating. Often referred to as GERD.

The pain typically worsens when you are lying down or bending over, in severe chronic cases oesophagus erosion or cancer can be the result.

Western medical treatment generally consists of over the counter antacids or stronger pharmaceuticals, this only masks the symptoms of an underlying condition that left untreated can turn more sinister.  Acid-blocking proton pump inhibitor drugs, antacids, and other heartburn medications work by reducing stomach acid levels. However heartburn and indigestion are most often than not caused by low stomach acids levels among several other factors. If you are reading this you are likely not having any success with them and may be among the growing number of heartburn sufferers with low stomach acid levels.

Other symptoms that are commonly associated with reflux and heartburn are as follows-

Related Symptoms

  • IBS - Due to low stomach acid and an inability to adequately break down food in the stomach. Read related article on IBS and fermentation for more informant. 

  • Jaw pain (TMJ).

  • Back pain. - Right sided shoulder pain or between the shoulder blades.

  • Chronic cough.

  • Post nasal drip - sinus complaints.

You may get one, two or all of these symptoms. Which are all related and treatable using our safe natural approaches.  

Now you beg the question -

Why would you take a pill to further decrease your low levels of stomach acid? 

What can i do to get better and off this vicious cycle?

What we do instead

  • Improve pancreatic enzyme secretion, this helps to correct Ph balance within the upper part of the digestive tract. 

  • Improve liver function - The liver is responsible for the secretion of bile. Bile is a potent alkalising digestive liquid required for multiple processes for adequate digestion. This helping to improve HCI levels within the stomach.

  • Both the pancreas and the liver help to signal important valves. These valves open and close preventing digestive fluids coming back up the oesophagus causing regurgitation, (reflux) and heartburn.   

  • Treat hypochlorhydria—the condition of low stomach acid production. Low stomach acid can be due to multiple causes.

  • Vitamin deficiencies - one being zinc, the most important mineral for HCL production within the stomach. Amongst many others that are also responsiple for Ph balance within the digestive system. 

  • Treat any GIT infections for example: H. pylori, which can lead to low stomach acid levels.

  • Identify any food triggers and intolerances and create a personalised diet to eleviate attacks.

 

When these above listed things are corrected, eleviation of symptoms at the root cause of disease is addressed. Please call or book a Naturopathic consultation online and start feeling better naturally.