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Acid Reflux (Gord)

Acid Reflux is caused by stomach acid travelling up towards the throat (acid reflux). Nutritional Therapy may be beneficial to highlight and exclude, and where necessary replace certain food groups to alleviate symptoms & address underlying causes.

Acid reflux is very common. It is a condition which features an uncomfortable burning pain, also known as heartburn, in the lower chest area. It is caused by stomach acid travelling up towards the throat (acid reflux). If it keeps happening, it's called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

Other symptoms include:

Please note: It is recommended that symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty swallowing and chronic cough should also be fully assessed by a medical professional

Symptoms can be worse after eating, when lying down and when bending over.

Contributing factors include:


Nutritional Therapy may be beneficial to highlight and exclude, and where necessary replace certain food groups to alleviate symptoms. In our Nutritional Therapy consultations, we include a full medical history and review to understand the underlying issues which may be causing symptoms. Some of these may include:


Quick tips:


The trigger-food diet:

The trigger-food diet involves eliminating common trigger foods, such as coffee and chocolate, to alleviate symptoms. These methods have little clinical backing and results vary between individuals.


Supplements:

Betaine HCl with Pepsin:

This supplemental approach addresses the lack of stomach acid which is said to cause acid reflux in many cases. One study in 6 people with low levels of stomach acid showed that taking 1500 mg of betaine HCl increased stomach acidity [i].


B Vitamins:

B Vitamins, including folate, riboflavin, and vitamin B6, may help acid reflux. B vitamins may be linked to a lower risk of complications caused by acid reflux. They may also relieve heartburn symptoms when paired with other compounds, but more research is needed [ii].

Also eating foods high in calcium and B vitamins to help reduce reflux symptoms. These foods include almonds, whole grains, beans, spinach and kale.


Probiotics:

Probiotics play a key role in gut health and immune function. Probiotic use can be beneficial for GERD symptoms, such as regurgitation and heartburn [iii].


Ginger:

Ginger is often used to soothe stomach upset and treat issues like nausea and indigestion[iv]. In studies, ginger was seen to improve several symptoms of indigestion, including stomach pain, burping and feelings of fullness[v].



Testing:

It may be pertinent to test for an infection known as H. Pylori if symptoms persist, as symptoms of reflux can cross over with those of H. Pylori. It is recommended you speak to your GP if this is a concern for you. Testing for H. Pylori is as follows:

  1. A urea breath test – you'll be given a drink containing urea (a chemical that's broken down by H. pylori) and your breath is then checked after.
  2. A stool antigen test – a small stool sample is tested for the bacteria.
  3. A blood test – a sample of your blood is tested for antibodies to the H.


In the clinic we offer specific digestive testing, which we advise on during a one-to-one consultation.

We always advise Nutritional Therapy to work with a gut health expert, to help eliminate symptoms of acid reflux and repair the gut to prevent future flare ups. Please contact the team if you'd like to speak to a therapist.

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Please note that the information contained within this website does not and should not replace medical advice, and is not intended to treat or diagnose. We always recommend you consult with your doctor. Our Nutritional Therapy team is highly trained and we offer one to one Nutritional Therapy Consultations, which are designed to be complementary to any medical treatment from a functional medicine approach, as well as offering a preventative & optimal health focus.