Some symptoms are almost synonymous with food intolerances, and reflux or heartburn is one of them. Today we are going to delve into what reflux Oesophagitis is and how it’s related to food intolerances. Before we begin, it’s good to know that up to 60% of reflux cases these days stem from poor dietary choices or lifestyle habits. Undiagnosed food intolerances are a significant factor in this category.
Reflux is essentially caused by a lack of digestive capacity, and reduced stomach acid, which can then force food back up through the oesophagus. Our stomach contents are highly acidic, and the stomach itself has a protective lining that keeps acids from harming it. However, the oesophagus does not have this protection, which means when acids come up through the stomach sphincter and into the oesophagus, burning and pain occur. The oesophagus can become quite damaged from this. Some other symptoms of reflux include belching, pain in the back between the shoulder blades and nausea.
There are certain other factors that are very well known aggravators of reflux. These include
You can try removing these items from your diet to see if your reflux is lessened. However, if you still struggle and can’t find relief, here are some recommendations that you can safely try at home.
The first step is to always check with your doctor or GP. Reflux is a symptom of many conditions, and so ruling them out is definitely recommended. If you’d like to get to the bottom of the cause of your reflux, a Naturopathic or holistic doctor is the best option.
Here are some steps that you can take to try and reduce your reflux, remembering that we are all individual and the same thing won’t work for everyone:
Have only one caffeine drink per day, or none if you can.
Have small yet regular meals. This reduces the load on the stomach and can help reduce reflux that’s caused by too much stomach pressure.
Start chewing your food until it’s liquified as much as possible. This also helps lessen the load on your stomach.
Digestive enzymes can be an excellent supplement for reflux sufferers. If you also get bloating and cramping, these can be very beneficial.
Vitamin C and Zinc supplements help to repair the digestive tract and also help to produce adequate levels of digestive enzymes. Take them with food to avoid nausea.
In summary, reflux is a very uncomfortable condition that is caused by stomach contents spilling up into the oesophagus. There is no protective lining here like there is in the stomach, and so burning, and pain occur. Food intolerances can be a significant causative factor for reflux. So if you suffer reflux and suspect food intolerances, we strongly encourage you to get tested.
In the meantime, the article shows you some simple tips and remedies to try at home. These are known to ease reflux and lessen the load on your digestive system. You’ll also find a list of common reflux aggravators, and avoiding these may significantly help your symptoms too.
We hope this article is helpful, and that you find an end to your reflux quickly.