Acid Reflux – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disorder in which contents of the stomach or small intestine repeatedly move back up into the esophagus (tube connecting the throat to the stomach). This regurgitating action is called reflux. Reflux causes heartburn. Substances in the digestive juices from the stomach (namely, acid, pepsin, and bile) move up into the esophagus and can damage the inner lining. Although it is common to think this is due to too much stomach acid and acid blockers tend to be the pharmaceutical used to treat the symptoms, we know it is actually due to too little stomach acid, the acid is just in the wrong place.
A naturopathic approach to treating someone with acid reflux would be to remove all sabotaging eating habits and foods, repair the stomach and intestinal barrier to reverse the regurgitating action and over time add in specific clinical nutrients to help the body produce a healthy amount of stomach acid, pepsin and bile.