Quenching Acid Reflux Symptoms with Supplements
A number of health supplements can be used to relieve acid reflux symptoms (GERD), such as heartburn. This article provides an overview of some of these supplements.
Acid reflux symptoms, or GERD, affect millions of people the world over. These include heartburn, dyspepsia and regurgitation. Acid reflux symptoms can be alleviated naturally with a number of health supplements. Read on to learn more.
Controlling Acid Reflux Symptoms with Health Supplements
Digestive Enzyme Supplements
Take digestive enzymes supplements to alleviate acid reflux symptoms. According to the International Institute of Holistic Healing (see resources below) these health supplements serve to prevent production of excess stomach acid associated with acid reflux disease, and also help to reduce the effect of gas in the gastric tract. Digestive enzyme supplements usually contain a combination of enzymes, including protease, amylase, lipase, cellulase, diastase, invertase, lactase, pectinase and alpha galactosidase.
Probiotic Nutrition Supplements
Purchase probiotic nutrition supplements. Probiotics help to restore normal stomach functioning and regulate the digestive system, in turn alleviating acid reflux symptoms. (See Resources below) These supplements contain â€œfriendly bacteriaâ€ such as L. acidophilus, L rhamnosus, S. thermophilus and L. bulgaricus.
Prebiotic Fiber Supplements
Supplement daily intake levels of fibre by taking prebiotic fiber supplements. Prebiotics are a form of soluble fiber that is not digested but provides a conducive environment for the growth of friendly bacteria such as probiotics in the intestines.
Calcium Carbonate Mineral Supplements
Quench mild, occasional acid reflux symptoms with calcium carbonate supplement, a mineral that is commonly used in OTC antacid heartburn treatments such as Tums. Take daily doses of 250-500 mg three times a day.
DGL Licorice Supplements
Alleviate heartburn symptoms with a deglycyrrhizinated DGL Licorice Supplements. DGL helps to restore the mucus lining of the inner stomach and the esophagus (see resources below), which in turn minimizes acid reflux symptoms. Take two 250mg chewable tablets a day.
Treat acid reflux symptoms with a combination of B vitamins supplements and related therapeutic compounds such as thiamine, choline and pantothenic acid. This combination works over the long term to minimize or eliminate heartburn symptoms.
Ginger Herbal Supplements
Take 500mg to 1000mg of ginger supplements. In the book Natureâ€™s Medicines, Dr. Taylor also suggests that the capsule contents can be stirred into a cup of hot water, let to steep and then drunk as tea.
Consulting a Healthcare Practitioner
Health supplements offer a natural alternative to pharmacological acid reflux treatment. However, a healthcare professional must be consulted to ensure that there are no serious conditions underlying chronic acid reflux symptoms.