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Do you feel:

  • Aches, pains, and swelling throughout the body?
  • Frequent usage of antacid medication?
  • Digestive problems that subside with rest?
  • Greasy or high-fat foods cause distress in your gut?
  • Temporary relief by using antacids, foods, milk, or carbonated beverages?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might have GERD or gastrointestinal reflux disease in your gut.

When a person is overly stressed, and their body starts to develop problems, especially in the gut, it can cause harm. The gut system is essential to the body because it makes sure that the body is working correctly, that food is being consumed, and making sure inflammation does not happen to cause harm to the body. There are many gut disorders that the GI tract and the gut system can have. It can range from intestinal permeability, SIBO, gut inflammation, and GERD.

GERD and Its Symptoms

GERD or gastrointestinal reflux disease is a common disorder in the digestive tract. This disorder has chronic symptoms that can cause abnormal content in the stomach that is in the esophagus, causing mucosal damage. GERD is multifactorial and is the result of a person who may either stress, a poor diet and risk factors like smoking alcohol and medication usage can cause the condition in the stomach to be chronic if it is not being checked out. Research shows that when there is damage to the esophagus from GERD, it can be due to the cytokine-mediated being inflamed and not being caused by stomach acid directly. It stated that approximately twenty percent of adults do have GERD symptoms in their gut.

There are many symptoms that people can experience if they have GERD. Some of the symptom that causes include:

  • Heartburn
  • Respiratory complications
  • Bad breath
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Laryngitis

Even though these are minor symptoms, if a person does not talk to their primary health care physician, the symptoms can become worse if it not treated.

Ways to Dampen GERD Symptoms

Many ways can help dampen the GERD symptoms like pharmaceutical interventions. Even though pharmaceuticals can help manage the symptoms, sometimes they do not correct the underlying factors that GERD has caused and may have side effects that can cause discomfort on the body. It is essential to know that lifestyle changes and any nutritional support are sufficient when a person has acid reflux in their gut. If a person has acid reflux in their gut, they should consider eating smaller food portions, as well as trying to avoid laying down after eating and not eat before bedtime.

Another way to help dampen the GERD symptoms is by using the PPIs (proton pump inhibitors); however, there have been recent studies that PPIs have done more harm than good. Even though PPIs can help lower the GERD symptoms, it has caused more problems like dysbiosis and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) in the body.

The natural and the most effective way to help battle against the GERD symptoms, and that is consuming probiotics. Studies have shown that probiotics can help lower the severity and the frequent symptoms that GERD does to the gut. By consuming probiotics in food or supplements can help the gut produce good bacteria that the gut needs while getting rid of the harmful bacteria. Even though there is more and future research about how probiotics can help the gut. One of the research studies has found out that when probiotics are consumed when there is dysbiosis in the gut, it can help promote gastrointestinal homeostasis and promote growth stimulation for beneficial indigenous gut microbes.

There have been at least thirteen studies that have been extremely positive on the usage of probiotics for gut health. One study talked about how probiotics can reduce the effects of gut problems like diarrhea, constipation, and of course, GERD. While another study stated that when the gut becomes unbalanced with unhealthy harmful bacteria, that probiotics can help restore the gut balance. It stated that probiotics that secrete out a protective substance that turn on the immune system and preventing the harmful pathogens that harm the gut and causing chronic discomfort for not only the gut but also for the body.

Conclusion

With new and upcoming research on how to dampen the effects GERD causes in the gut, patients can consume probiotics to restore their gut health. When chronic inflammation in the gut, it can cause the person to feel bad, and it can lead to many threating symptoms on the body. By consuming probiotics, it can dampen the effects and produce good bacteria in the gut. Some products are specialized in the gastrointestinal system by providing support to the gut and offer nutrients, enzymatic cofactors and phytonutrients to not only the gut but also the body.

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.


References:

Publishing, Harvard Health. “Do PPIs Have Long-Term Side Effects?” Harvard Health, Jan. 2009, http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/do-ppis-have-long-term-side-effects.

Publishing, Harvard Health. “Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics.” Harvard Health, Sept. 2005, http://www.health.harvard.edu/vitamins-and-supplements/health-benefits-of-taking-probiotics.

Publishing, Harvard Health. “Should You Take Probiotics?” Harvard Health, Apr. 2015, http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/should-you-take-probiotics.

Cheng, Jing, and Arthur C. Ouwehand. “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Probiotics: A Systematic Review.” MDPI, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2 Jan. 2020, http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/1/132/htm.

Dunbar, Kerry B., et al. “Histologic Changes in the Esophagus in Patients With GERD.” JAMA, American Medical Association, 17 May 2016, jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2521970.

Jurgelewicz, Michael. “New Review Investigates the Role of Probiotics in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).” Designs for Health, 17 Jan. 2020, blog.designsforhealth.com/node/1189.

MacGill, Markus. “GERD: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 18 Jan. 2018, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/14085.php.


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Dr. Alex Jimenez

Specialties: Stopping the PAIN! We Specialize in Treating Severe Sciatica, Neck-Back Pain, Whiplash, Headaches, Knee Injuries, Sports Injuries, Dizziness, Poor Sleep, Arthritis. We use advanced proven therapies focused on optimal mobility, posture control, health Instruction, functional fitness, and structural conditioning. We use effective "Patient Focused Diet Plans", Specialized Chiropractic Techniques, Mobility-Agility Training, Cross-Fit Protocols, and the Premier "PUSH Functional Fitness System" to treat patients suffering from various injuries and health problems. Ultimately, I am here to serve my patients and community as a Chiropractor passionately restoring functional life and facilitating living through increased mobility.

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