Alternatives To PPIs
We’ve gone over the all the negatives of PPIs. Today, I’m going to let you in on some safer and better alternatives to PPIs that you can try if you’re suffering from issues of too much stomach acid like acid reflux.
Why They Work
Acid reflux, also known by its scientific name gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD), is a condition in which the acid in your stomach that you need for digestion and preventing diseases, leaves the stomach and goes into your esophagus (the tube in your throat that connects your mouth to your stomach).
One way to prevent acid reflux is to reduce the amount of acid in you stomach that occurs from from naturally produced digestive enzymes. When you eat, your body produces acids and enzymes to digest the food. Certain foods or combinations of foods can induce the overproduction of acid.
Second, the acid is able to leave the stomach due to a failure of the esophageal sphincter. This “failure” is called transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations or TLESRs.
Two Techniques That Help With TLESRs
Enhancing The Vagus Nerve
I like to enhance my vagus nerve's tone using the Nervana (use code LHE for 15% off).
Proper Food Combining
Here's a brief video on proper food combining.
Changing Your Diet
- Collard Greens
- Resistant Starch
Here are some safe recipes for GERD:
Fix The Cause
Some things can cause similar symptoms - asthma, dysbiosis, gallbladder disorder, histamine Intolerance (for example, excessive histamine causes gastric acid secretion dysfunction), lectin sensitivity (for example, nightshades can act like PPIs), SIBO, and H. Pylori infection.
If you have low stomach acid or digestive enzymes, you could try:
If you must go on a PPI…
I also recommend taking supplements like:
- Folic Acid / Methylfolate
- Lactobacillus Rhamnosis GG
- Lactobacillus Plantarum
- Lactobacillus Reuterii
- Vitamin B12 / Methyl B12
- Vitamin D
If you are interested in reading the articles I used in my research, check them out here as well as the mechanisms of action from which I drew my conclusion.
TLDR: Stimulate your vagus nerve, eat lots of fiber, and introduce some supplements instead of taking PPIs.
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