Causes & Treatment Of Acid Reflux

by Dr. Jason Barker February 08, 2017

Causes Of Acid Reflux

There is a valve between the stomach and esophagus that usually only opens when food is swallowed. In reflux, it stays open longer than it should, or doesn’t close at all and allows stomach acid to travel back up into the esophagus. Rarely this is caused by a mechanical problem – such as a hiatal hernia or other deformity that requires surgery.

Well, I can tell you for sure that reflux is not caused by an acid blocker drug deficiency! New research is showing that reflux may actually be caused by too little acid, rather than too much, as we’ve been taught.

Newer thinking about reflux is that when stomach acidity is too low, this allows the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to open up, allowing acid to escape up into the esophagus.  By increasing stomach acid, we can actually help keep the LES closed in its normal resting position.

Treatment Of Acid Reflux

Conventional treatment uses acid-blocking drugs that prevent your stomach from making any acid, and most of the time this suppresses the symptoms of GERD. However it doesn’t actually address the cause, which is stomach acid back flowing into the esophagus!

So, if low acid is really the problem, and we then take a pill to completely cut the rest of your acid production off, then we have a bigger problem. Now your stomach acid is lower than ever, and if you were to try going off the acid blocker, your reflux would come back big time (which is always the case with these drugs.)

The other problems with antacids is that by eliminating your stomach acid, now you’ve got less acid to properly digest your food. We need acid to chemically and physically digest food, and it assists with the absorption of minerals like calcium and others.

In fact, there are studies showing that long-term use of antacids leads to bone problems (osteoporosis) - these drugs keep you from properly absorbing several vitamins and minerals. Health begins in the gut, with digestion. Poor digestion over a long period of time contributes to several chronic diseases

The first step in getting rid of acid reflux is identifying foods that aggravate your stomach. Usually this is pretty straightforward; other times it takes more detective work. Testing for food sensitivities can help uncover foods that your body may be rebelling against, and is often one of the best natural remedies for acid reflux!

Acid Reflux Formula is our premiere combination therapy for treating, and repairing the damage from acid reflux.

Rhizinate is a great natural remedy for acid reflux; it can rapidly soothe the burning from reflux.

Digestive Formula does two things; it ensures complete digestion and it raises stomach acidity (remember that new thinking states stomach acid is too low in GERD).

Glutamine helps support the lining of digestive tract and speeds healing of damaged esophageal tissue. It's one of the more important natural remedies for acid reflux.

Probiotics benefit overall digestive healthy, ensuring normal gut function.

One or all of these acid reflux natural remedies can help resolve your reflux, but oftentimes you'll need to clean your diet up really well and avoid the foods that cause reflux as well.

Dr. Jason Barker
Dr. Jason Barker


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