As research has demonstrated, acid reflux erodes teeth, potentially harming the soft tissue as well.
The important part to this is understanding that heartburn / GERD is harmful to mouth and body; so, the sooner a person manages their symptoms, the better off his or her system will be.
With this said, the following nutritional recommendations are offered as an alternative or adjunct to what you are already doing to relieve your discomfort. It’s important to note that many patients have used only food and herbal teas to eliminate this digestive issue from his or her life.
1) Probiotics or beneficial bacteria are found in clean yogurts, supplements in addition to drinks (it’s important to read the label). These little critters assist with digestion, breaking down carbohydrates (which can contribute to indigestion when not digested properly), help to detoxify the body as well as protect us from food allergies.
2) Enzymes are found in raw foods and work with the body to break down and properly assimilate the nutrients. Enzymes also come as supplements; yet, are not necessarily for everyone. When considering a supplement form, please be certain the heartburn is gallbladder related. In such cases, the patient wants to be certain the product is nutraceutical quality containing all of the following: Amylase, Protease, Lactase, Lipase, Maltase, Sucrase, and Cellulase
3) Ginger has demonstrated to be highly effective with gastrointestinal distress including the relief of intestinal pain and gas. It’s also a proven anti-inflammatory and has been used for varying pain conditions. When eaten with meals, patients are experiencing lower incidences of acid reflux.
4) Turmeric and cumin stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes facilitating optimal digestion. They are also anti-inflammatories and highly beneficial for anyone living with systemic inflammation ultimately leading to GERD.
5) Chia seeds, when eaten dry (1 TBS), absorb stomach acid; and, when followed by a glass of water within five minutes, the pain is relieved. Chia seeds are tasty, do not need to be ground, are high in fiber, protein, iron, calcium, potassium, anti-oxidants and omega 3’s. They’re proving to be highly beneficial for several conditions that ultimately effect the mouth.
Interested in more ideas on how to restore health and wellness through nutrition? Please visit Tammy, Holistic Health Coach at You Are Source and submit your questions.