Acid reflux is almost never caused by having too much stomach acid. Rather, it’s about stomach (gastric) digestive juices bring in the wrong place, irritating unprotected tissue in our esophagus. Anti-acid medications are not a solution! They are a band-aid. With major risks. Our challenge as practitioners is to help each client get rid of their unique triggers for reflux, so they may stop taking acid-suppressing medications as soon as possible.
In particular, clients taking Proton Pump Inhibitor medications (e.g. Prilosec, Nexium) longer than a few weeks are substantially reducing their ability to get sufficient nutrition from their food. Over time, this can lead to major amino acid deficiencies (from protein – which often first shows up as neurotransmitter imbalance e.g. anxiety, depression) and mineral deficiencies (especially iron (think anemia, sluggish thyroid) and magnesium (think headache, constipation, anxiety, and hypertension or and atrial fibrillation)). Even the FDA has formally warned for these risks! You have to help your clients to address the unique root causes of their reflux before they try to wean off of their medications (and this cannot be done suddenly and without other supplemental support!)
If you want to know more about acid reflux, you will enjoy this additional Clinical Tip post with more info detail about common causes and simple solutions for your clients.
For those of you passionate about G.I. disorder and dis-ease (it’s a very lucrative target market!), you will get tremendous value from this SAFM Deep Dive Clinical Course: Disease Begins in the Gut 101 (it also covers withdrawing from PPI medications, healing leaky gut, and addressing food sensitivities in depth). The follow-on course Disease Begins in the Gut 202 builds on this foundation and gets into detail about understanding and resolving Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), as well as targeted use of probiotics.