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From Fire to Calm - Discovering Alternatives to Acid Blockers

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Calm, Pain Free Belly

Since the professional medical recommendations are to limit acid blockers / proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) to a maximum of 8 weeks, what can an individual do to achieve a calm, pain free belly without reflux?

There are several strategies including lifestyle and diet modifications that exist to limit the use of PPIs and to prevent reflux or GERD.  Many professional supplements that our office recommends will aid in healing the gastric lining and prevent high doses of PPI use or discontinuation of the medication all together. BAX treatments can help eliminate allergies which often stimulate excess acid, and hiatal hernia sufferers can benefit from a chiropractic manipulation. A thorough health history and appropriate biochemistry testing should be conducted prior to beginning any supplement protocol.

The American Journal of Gastroenterology promotes lifestyle modifications that include:

  • Weight loss for patients with reflux / GERD
  • Elimination of food allergens
  • Limiting fatty foods, caffeine, chocolate, spicy food,  carbonated / alcoholic beverages
  • Avoiding tight fitting garments to prevent increase in gastric pressure
  • Promote oral hydration with adequate fluid and nutrition
  • Avoidance of tobacco products
  • Stress management
  • Abdominal breathing exercise to strengthen the barrier of the lower esophageal sphincter.

Support The Optimal Functioning Of The GI System

As a functional nutritionist, I know that the most important aspects of overall health is to support the optimal functioning of the GI system, starting with balancing the acid in the stomach and other digestive enzymes.

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You Can’t Be Well If Your Belly Is Not!

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