Do you experience reflux or heartburn, take Nexium or Gaviscon?

In most cases, reflux is caused by low stomach acid causing the top sphincter of the stomach to remain open which allows stomach contents to shoot back up the oesophagus where there is no protection from the acid causing the feeling of burn or regurgitation of food. Stomach acid should remain at pH level around 2 – meaning very acidic!

Antacids can offer symptomatic relief but can further lower stomach acidity over time causing nutrients and mineral deficiencies as the stomach acid struggles to absorb nutrients from our food.

Ways to increase stomach acid:

-Apple cider vinegar – have 1tbsp (preferable organic with mother) apple cider vinegar in a warm cup of water in the mornings daily.

-Digestive enzyme supplement – consult a health practitioner for recommendations on supplements

Reflux is also treated in Chinese Medicine holistically; looking at the digestion, circulation, and emotions of a person to help the proper descension of food in the stomach and absorption of nutrients for optimal health. With the help of acupuncture, herbal medicine and strategies to increase stomach acid, you can be well on your way to overcoming reflux!

By Dr Ivana Low