Heartburn & Reflux
What is it?
A burning or discomfort felt behind the breast bone (sternum) caused by acid from the stomach escaping into the esophagus.
There are 2 theories explaining reflux. The first is a poor functioning lower sphincter located between the stomach and the esophagus. Changes in pressure cause some of the contents of the stomach to come out and splash up into the esophagus, which leads to irritation and the burning sensation that is felt. The second theory is poor digestion in the stomach. A lack of stomach acids and enzymes can lead to foods fermenting and giving off gas in the stomach, this puts pressure on the sphincter causing reflux.
- Burning sensation in abdomen
- Feeling of fullness
- Tightness across chest
- Burping or regurgitation after meals
Dietary & Lifestyle Advice
- Avoid foods that aggravate the esophageal sphincter including chocolate, alcohol, citrus juices, tomato products, coffee, and smoking
- Eat 6 small meals a day. Do not overeat. The last meal should be 3-4 hours before bed (do not go to bed with a full stomach)
- Avoid foods you may be sensitive to
- Increase consumption of fibre-rich foods including vegetables, fruits and wholegrains
- Avoid lying down after meals
- Ethical Nutrients Digestion Plus – take 1 tab 3 times a day before meals
- Lotus Slippery Elm Powder-take 1 desertspoon before each meal
- Greenridge Gastrocalm – take 5 mls 3 times a day before meals
- Lifestream Aloe Vera Juice – take 20mls(I tsp) twice a day before food
We recommend a natural, whole food diet that is balanced and nutritious, some examples of this are:
- Natural Grocer Oat Bran
- Real Good Food Natural Muesli
- Healthy Rice
- Herbal tea
**Please note these are general recommendations only, and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, health practitioner or pharmacist. We highly recommend that you contact your preferred medical practitioner for further testing if symptoms persist