Go to the doctor’s office with symptoms of acid reflux and unfortunately instead of addressing the root cause of why it is happening (GI health), you will probably be prescribed, or told to go get, a proton-pump inhibitor such nexium, prilosec or even the pricey dexilant. Weeks or months later, the problem is still there and now you are medicine that isn’t all that great for you. The acid isn’t good either though as it can cause inflammation and even cause esophageal cancer. Like most medicine like this, it helps one thing, and has been shown to hurt other things.
The more I talked with people, the more I learned how many people had or were currently experiencing symptoms of acid reflux or heartburn. Knowing there had to be a way to truly address the gastro cause and not just medicate, I researched and experimented myself and this is what I learned helped people:
- Glutamine – one of the 20 naturally occurring amino acids, Glutamine is the most abundant free amino acid in the body. Benefits include restoring gut health, maintaining muscle mass and improving immune function. After trying another brand of glutamine, or l-glutamine, this is the one that has worked best.
- Activated Charcoal – also multi-functional, as it can be used to whiten teeth, clean the pores, it also is effective in digestion and detoxification. Activated charcoal, often the emergency treatment for certain kinds of poisoning, binds to the toxins and chemicals so they are not easily absorbed. It is important to note that since activated charcoal traps chemicals in the body, that you will want to make sure to take any medicine about 5 hours before or after taking this.
- Oregano Oil – a great digestive aid that has been shown to be just as effective as some prescription antibiotics! Oregano oil, an antimicrobial also with antifungal antibacterial and antiviral properties, can help with infections, allergies, parasites, inflammation and more.
- Probiotics – of which there are many. Probiotics for women, of these strains of bacteria, those strains, etc. This is highly individualized to the person. However, a good probiotic to balance the dysbiosis (imbalance of gut flora) is key. Take the good bacteria to help rid the bad. Note some probiotics require refrigeration, like this one I have suggested.
Always speak with your medical professional and/or work with a functional medicine doctor before starting (or continuing) any regimen. As is bio-individuality, results may vary from person to person.