Reflux / Heartburn

Heartburn is a condition that appears in 10-20% of the western population.  It develops when the contents of the stomach refluxes into the oesophagus and leads to troublesome symptoms and/or complications.

You may be experiencing heartburn as a burning sensation that rises from the stomach or lower chest up towards the neck. It generally gets worse after eating.

While antacids can provide prompt relief they do not address the underlying issue.
Other signs of reflux:
  • Chronic cough
  • Bad breath
  • Dental erosions
  • Chronic laryngitis

Possible causes

Symptoms of heartburn might be easy to identify but contributing factors can include:

Food allergy and intolerances

Imbalances in gut bacteria

Slow gastric emptying

Elevated BMI

Impaired saliva function

Lower oesophageal sphincter incompetence

Dietary factors

Common foods can trigger heartburn by increasing acid secretion as well as causing the lower oesophageal sphincter to relax.

Focusing on foundational eating practices is the starting point to help reduce incidences of reflux.

These include taking time to eat and chewing food adequately as well as not eating food too near bedtime. Further to this analysis of your diet for triggers and investigating the possible causes (outlined above) are all areas for attention.

The foundation of the approach is to identify underlying issues, remove factors that are deemed to be worsening symptoms, and promote a balanced response.

The therapeutic aims are to;

Relieve symptoms

Decrease oesophageal inflammation

Promote oesophageal healing

Address exacerbating factors

Promote antioxidant defenses

Improve salivary gland function/
Oesophageal acid clearance

Support gastric emptying

Support the central nervous system

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