Using probiotics for acid reflux has been helpful for some people. Many who suffer from acid reflux try different approaches to find relief. Some strategies might offer a temporary improvement, but the heartburn symptoms often return. Even though consuming probiotics for acid reflux can lessen symptoms, additional strategies are often needed to eliminate the problem.
Symptoms of acid reflux
Some people have only one or two symptoms, other might have more.
- A burning feeling in the stomach reaching chest and throat
- The feeling of food stuck in throat
- Tightness in throat
- Dental problems
- Bad breath
Many still believe that heartburn is a disease that causes excess stomach acid to be produced. However, many medical articles point to another main reason, namely too little stomach acid.
In fact, suppressing production of stomach acid can weaken the body’s ability to kill helicobacter bacteria, thereby making the condition even worse. For most people acid reflux is simply caused by to little stomach acid being produced.
Acid reflux occurs if food and acid from the stomach move upward, the wrong way. The main reason for this is often that the muscular valve that should keep the stomach contents from getting out from your stomach is faulty.
Another possible reason for heartburn is helicobacter pylori bacteria that can cause low-level inflammation of the stomach lining, thereby creating symptoms of acid reflux. In this case, probiotics might works well to control the bad bacteria.
For many people acid reflux gets worse during the night. But it can also occur in connection with certain physical activities. In addition, some sufferers of food allergies have acid reflux.
Common triggers of acid reflux
- Heavy lifting
- Bending over
- All nicotine products
- Eating a large, heavy meal
- Too much running or jumping; athletes often suffer
- Lying down; for some it gets worse when lying on their back
- Hiatal hernia is another cause, but this not dealt with in this post
Probiotics for acid reflux
However, even though probiotics can help, it’s not the only available strategy to control acid reflux. Why so? Because suffers of heartburn also often have additional digestive problems. In any case, the goal is the same – to restore but balance.
Probiotics support a rapid digestion and good assimilation of food. Acid reflux is often caused by too little stomach acid which can cause food to remain for too long in the stomach causing irritation. What kinds of probiotics work for acid reflux?
Good sources s of probiotics
- ermented foods like natto, homemade sauerkraut, and fermented vegetables. Try consuming this together with each meal.
- Yogurt and kefir can be beneficial. Both are fast and simple to make at home and can sooth a painful stomach.
- Fresh cabbage juice for heartburn is for some a lifesaver because it stimulates the production of stomach acid. It’s enough with a few tablespoons before meals.
- Try Dr Mercola’s Complete Probiotics or Hyperbiotics.
U.S. News & World Report lists as ways to relieve heartburn:
- Bend with your knees rather than bending at the waist
- Go easy on caffeine and alcohol, and avoid cigarettes
- Stay upright for a few hours after you eat
- Don’t eat too fast (very important!)
- Avoid heartburn-triggering foods
- Elevate the head of your bed
- Wear looser-fitting clothes
- Lose any extra pounds
- Eat smaller meals
- Find ways to relax
Learn to eat slowly!
Please don’t underestimate this advice! It’s amazing how many digestive problems can be solved just by chewing food thoroughly and eating slowly. Don’t stress during meals. Give the body time to produce stomach acid and digestive enzymes. This can greatly reduce symptoms of acid reflux. In addition, avoid eating late in the evening as this is known to increase symptoms. And try to limit the size of meals as eating too much can trigger acid reflux.
Avoid regular table salt
Regular table salt can aggravate symptoms of acid reflux. Instead, use high quality sea salt or Himalayan salt. Sea salt provides additional chloride needed to create hydrochloric acid in the stomach which helps with digestion. In addition, sea salt and Himalayan salt contains beneficial trace minerals.
Try drinking fresh vegetable juice which stimulates the digestive system. The ginger shot is a classic.
For immediate relief—sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
- Mix 1/2 – 1 teaspoon pure baking soda (without aluminium as Arm & Hammer or Bob’s Red Mill) in a glass of water and drink it (best on an empty stomach). This is only a quick fix! In the long run you need other strategies.
Consuming probiotics for acid reflux works well for some and is a good starting point. Probiotics are safe, relatively low-cost and work well for many gut problems. However, for lasting results a complete lifestyle strategy is beneficial. The goal is to be in control of the gut.