GNC Natural Brand™ Papaya Enzyme
As a physician I have prescribed digestive enzymes for years successfully treating GERD and getting people off PPI’s. Facilitating digestion which often is inefficient especially in my older population (I’m an older Internist-Integrative MD) seems to help most of my Gerd patients. I also have them decrease the stomach acid-enzyme dilution that happens in the stomach with drinking water from 1.5 hrs before meals to 30 minutes after. So about a week ago I started feeling nausea and thought maybe I had food poisoning.
A small study investigating the role of papain in digestive disorders, published in the April 2012 issue of “Biogenic Amines,” reports that 42 participants who received papain experienced improvements in gas and bloating compared to 42 who took a placebo. When your stomach is distended from gas and bloating, the acidic stomach contents are more likely to travel upward past the muscular ring that separates the stomach and esophagus — causing acid reflux. Although this study suggests papaya enzymes can be beneficial in managing acid reflux, larger studies and more extensive research are needed to confirm these findings.
There are foods that are notorious for leading to acid reflux, and foods that rarely seem to cause symptoms after they are eaten. In between are those foods whose effect seems to vary from person to person.
According to Healthline, other types of milk can be high in fat content, and some high-fat foods may actually make heartburn worse. Almond milk, or other types of plant-based milk like soy, flax, cashew, or coconut, will not only alleviate symptoms, it can be a better alternative for people who suffer from lactose intolerance. Switching to lower-acidic foods can help prevent build up of acid in your stomach.
The problem isn’t that it doesn’t soothe the lining of the digestive tract-rather these refreshing leaves are actually too good at soothing the muscles, specifically the LES. You may just want to skip on that after meal peppermint. I have found that taking Chia seed solved my stomach problems, Acid reflux is the one of the biggest money makers for the pharmaceutical industry and there are alternatives to using high cost medicines, a teaspoon of chia a day helped me, no harm in trying it small cost for relief. I’ve suffered from acid reflux for a long time and was one of those people taking the purple pill. I’ve done my best to cut out trigger foods, but I have acid reflux almost 24/7.
You should only take them for a short period. Some doctors advise against eating pineapples if you have acid reflux. This is because pineapples are highly acidic.
4. Yogurt. Like bananas, yogurt has a soothing effect that helps keep stomach discomfort at bay. It also contains probiotics, a type of good bacteria found in the digestive tract that gives a boost to your immune system. Being a good protein source means yogurt also improves your ability to properly digest food.
Lose weight if needed, and see your doctor for a medical check-up, to ensure there is no underlying health problem that needs attention or investigation. How you eat is also important. It is preferable to have several small meals rather than one or two large ones; your stomach and digestive system will find this easier to cope with. Cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green beans and other greens are all great foods for the GERD sufferer.
See below for details of foods that help relieve heartburn, those that are safe to eat and those to avoid, when you are following an acid reflux diet. Something that soothes my acid reflux every time is peppermint, which Trattner says is one of the most prescribed herbs for digestion. “It helps with nausea, upset stomach, and all digestive disorders,” she says. Plus, it cools that burning throat. Peppermint Throat Coat tea is my favorite, and Trattner is a fan of peppermint oil capsules.
so eating out usually ends in horrible heartburn & reflux. I take 1-3 of these when it hits & it works better for me, than tums/rolaids, etc. my husband as he’s gotten older, has trouble with heartburn, he also now takes them, often coming home if we eat out & taking them to prevent heartburn.I also had a small dog in end stage kidney failure. I used this with every meal to help prevent nausea. he vomited on conventional meds. this & some other natural care allowed him to even gain weight & live nicely several more months.
5. Green Vegetables. If you like green vegetables and have acid reflux, you’re in luck. Asparagus, spinach, kale and brussels sprouts all are highly alkaline, meaning they’re good for your stomach and digestive system.
Most doctors believe acidic foods can trigger reflux. Changing certain lifestyle habits may also reduce or relieve your acid reflux symptoms. This includes exercising more frequently, eating smaller meals, and avoiding snacking late at night.