Probiotics and GERD is a Matter of Digestive Healing
Probiotics and GERD are a good combination because probiotics help to restore normal function to the stomach in order to maintain a healthy and balanced digestive system. Probiotics is the term given to the more than 400 types of good bacteria that exists in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Without the right balance of probiotics, your immune system fails to fight illness and disease, and your intestinal tract becomes unbalanced. In order to control acid reflux and heartburn, your digestive system needs to be functioning properly.
A healthy intestinal tract should be comprised of a minimum of 85% good bacteria to effectively prevent the over-colonization of disease causing micro-organisms such as salmonella and E. coli. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people have more bad bacteria than good. But how does the above information relate to probiotics and gerd?
Essentially, probiotics are vital to a healthy GI tract. When the GI tract is unbalanced and prone to problems, this can result in a number of symptoms, including indigestion – otherwise known as heartburn. Therefore, if you are experiencing frequent heartburn, you are suffering from GERD, which is primarily due to a weakened digestive system that is insufficient in necessary stomach acid and/or enzymes and a lack of probiotics.
Therefore, instead of taking medication such as a proton pump inhibitor or antacid to treat your heartburn, you should consider ingesting a more natural form of treatment by increasing your intake of probiotics. In other words, the idea is to provide your GI tract with the essential probiotics it needs to function properly to prevent acid reflux from occurring.
It is a fact that probiotics can relieve chronic indigestion, because they make the digestion process more efficient. Probiotics enhances the digestion of lactose, and breaks down undigested food, even tough carbohydrates. Good bacteria also helps to relieve bloating, cramping and many other digestive problems.
How do you obtain probiotics? Some probiotics naturally exist within your body, while others are ingested and excreted. Probiotics that are ingested come in natural food forms and as herbal remedies, usually in tablet form. Ideal sources of probiotics in food include:
o Yogurt with active bacteria culture
o Homemade sauerkraut
o Flax oil
Each of these food sources helps us to maintain sufficient gut flora.
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When all is said and done, probiotics will help aid in digestion to help your body absorb the essential nutrients it requires, and waste material can be effectively removed. Improving your digestive system will dramatically improve any indigestion you suffer, and reduce your risk of cancer, which is especially important if you happen to suffer from a more severe form of GERD known as Barrett’s esophagus, which can develop into esophageal cancer.
However, keep in mind that if you are taking probiotic supplements, the probiotic should be comprised of at least five billion microorganisms in each tablet, capsule, etc. Acidophilus is the most common probiotic strain, but there are many other beneficial bacteria as well.
Finally, when using probiotics and for treatment of gerd symptoms, probiotics should be taken in combination with digestive enzymes. You can find both probiotics and digestive enzymes online or at local health stores.
Remember both probiotics and GERD are related to your digestive system, which is why probiotics can help relieve and prevent GERD symptoms. If you are interested in using probiotics as a natural treatment, you should first consult your doctor about your decision.