Acid reflux, also called heartburn or GERD, occurs when stomach contents enter the esophagus and cause discomfort and a bad taste. The presence of stomach contents and acid in the esophagus occurs when the sphinceter between the stomach and esophagus is relaxed. When properly functioning, this sphincter should remain closed unless an individual is swallowing food or liquids.
From a naturopathic viewpoint, many issues can cause the relaxation of this sphincter. By addressing addressing and correcting these issues, acid reflux can be solved without taking acid-blocking drugs. These drugs, like Zantac and Tagamet, are frequently prescribed by medical doctors and work by shutting down acid production in the stomach.
Stomach acid is essential for proper food digestion, and vital minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc are almost impossible to absorb for individuals on acid-blockers. Studies show that individuals who take these drugs for heartburn have higher rates of infections, cancer, food-borne illness, and osteoporosis. Additionally H. pylori, the bacteria which causes stomach ulcers, is allowed to proliferate in an environment without enough acid.
ALETRIS naturopathic physicians treat heartburn naturally, without the use of acid-blocking drugs. Call our office to schedule an appointment with an ALETRIS physician.