Reflux, sometimes called heartburn, is a common symptom of food intolerances. Essentially it’s caused by a reduced digestive capacity, which means you have low stomach acid and inadequate digestive enzyme production. 60% of reflux cases come from poor diet and lifestyle choices, which includes undiagnosed food intolerances. Let’s take a look at reflux and reflux diet, what it is and how food intolerances contribute.
Acid reflux occurs when stomach acids leave the stomach and come up through the oesophagus into the throat. Your stomach has a protective lining which keeps it safe from stomach acids. Unfortunately, the oesophagus does not have this protective layer. Therefore when reflux occurs, it causes a burning sensation, sometimes very severe. The acids can also damage the oesophagus tissue. Reflux also causes nausea, pain between the shoulder blades, belching, and other painful symptoms.
Aside from undiagnosed food intolerances, there are several other well-known aggravating factors that make reflux worse. They are:
If you are experiencing reflux, it is recommended that you avoid all of these aggravating factors. If you still don’t find relief, there are some things you can do to reduce your symptoms.
Firstly, we recommend that you see your doctor to get a diagnosis. Reflux can be caused by many things, so it is important to find out the underlying cause. A Naturopathic doctor is a particularly good option here, as they will be able to help you find the root cause and treat or remove that.
In the meantime, there are some things that you can safely try at home to reduce your reflux. Everyone is different, so it will be trial and error to find what works best for you. Here are our top tips:
In summary, today we’ve delved into acid reflux and its relationship to food intolerances. Reflux occurs when stomach acids spill out of the stomach and into the oesophagus and throat, causing a burning sensation and other awful symptoms.
There can be many reasons why reflux occurs, and they include things like:
Undiagnosed food intolerances can also be the cause. If you suspect that this is the case for you, we strongly encourage you to get your food intolerance test HERE today and get to the bottom of your symptoms.
In the meantime, we discuss some simple things that you can do at home to reduce your reflux symptoms and find some relief. As always, we hope this article is helpful and informative.