Nutrition for IBS, Reflux and Bloated Stomach Relief

Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) also known as reflux or heartburn.

Characterised by that horrible, burning feeling that rises up from the stomach; it is painful, nauseating, so much so it can disrupt your sleep. It may also be associated with chest pain, burping, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, wheezing, shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, asthma, hoarseness and bad breath.

Root Causes of Reflux / Heartburn:

  • Helicobacter pylori overgrowth
  • Structural changes e.g. hiatal hernia, laparoscopic surgery
  • Gallstones
  • Low stomach acid
  • High stomach acid
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Diets high in fat, alcohol and coffee

Acid-reducing or blocking medications are among the most commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medications. Shutting down acid production might reduce your reflux symptoms but your body produces stomach acid for a reason. It is needed to adequately absorb many nutrients including minerals (iron, copper, zinc and calcium), vitamin B12, folic acid and proteins. It also kills harmful bacteria that enter the body. Long-term stomach acid suppression is therefore linked to anaemia or poor bone health and dysbiosis.

Hypochlorhydria or Low Stomach Acid

Low stomach acid is a commonly overlooked problem. If you’re having symptoms such as acid reflux, heartburn, burping, gas, bloating, recent aversion to eating meat, nausea after eating or a sense of fullness after eating, then it is very likely that you have a stomach acid issue. It has also been associated with other health conditions, such as arthritis and psoriasis.

If you have made several diet and lifestyle changes and you are still not seeing the results you want, low stomach acid might be holding you back.