Gut Health: Gabby Bernstein's Experience with SIBO, GERD and More

I am in the fortunate position of not having to care for anyone else and I do appreciate the fact that my time is my own. I can concentrate on things like diet modification and rest.

Heartburn, as well as an acidic stomach due to eating too much spicy food, can be relieved by taking an antacid. The antacid is alkaline/basic and helps neutralize the stomach’s acidic environment. You may have used medicine to ease your heartburn via the process of neutralization. Have you ever had a burning feeling in your stomach after eating too much spicy food?

In the rise of recent direct links of immunology and gut flora it’s very likely there’s links of diet to immunological health as well. Paradoxically I found that drinking a glass of diluted (#) vinegar extinguishes the reflux for me. My rationalization is that a sudden punch of vinegar causes the esophagus to slam shut in response to increased acidity, as it is designed to do.

I am 63 yrs old and 8 months ago I started having problems with swallowing. I could not even drink liquids, consequently I lost over 40 lbs in a period of 4 months. My doctor recommended upper endoscopy and found that my esophagus was completely shut, and it was forced opened, however the problem continued and I had second endoscopy with a biopsy. Luckily everything came back clear, and I was prescribed medication for acid reflux.

For breakfast you can enjoy a glass of kefir or have it in a bowl with blueberries. Kefir is a cultured food that has great anti-inflammatory properties and can ease symptoms of acid reflux. Kefir is filled with Lactobacillus bacterium plus many other probiotics.

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I did notice an improvement during those months but the idea of a lifetime commitment to taking this drug bothered me so I researched other alternative ways to cope with it, which did help a little but by any means, do not prevent the GERD symptoms from occurring. Antacids work by counteracting (neutralising) the acid in your stomach. They do this because the chemicals in antacids are bases (alkalis) which are the opposite of acids. A reaction between an acid and base is called neutralisation.

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  • The bacteria causes gas and inflammation, which in turn leads to massive pain in your upper gut, along with chronic bloating, diarrhea or constipation.
  • The small intestine also digests proteins, so we would still get nourishment from them without pepsin.
  • After 5 years on this program I recently had a follow-up endoscopy which revealed that I still had some esophageal erosions, although somewhat less than at the time of the first exam.
  • Never underestimate the power of a good workout.

Usually, this is at least several weeks followed by a reassessment of symptoms. I encourage you to ask your son’s doctor for a referral to a gastroenterologist if she is uncomfortable prescribing a medicine that seemed so helpful to him. One consequence of frequent burping is that it can bring stomach acid into the esophagus to cause injury (esophagitis). Reflux treatments may be helpful. I also suggest reducing foods that contribute to gas.

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Many of the common antacids also include alginates. Most alginates work by forming a gel which floats on top of the stomach contents. The gel acts as a protective barrier, preventing stomach acid from irritating the oesophagus. When antacids work on stomach acid, they can produce gas which may cause wind (flatulence). Simeticone helps to stop this foaming effect and may sometimes be included within antacid medications.

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I have tried EVERYTHING; controlling my diet, lifestyle changes, everything, and nothing seems to effectively help my acid reflux. The current gastroenterologist I’m seeing said she doesn’t think I’m a candidate for surgery. I’m not sure why, as I’m only 27, have had this for 10 years now, it’s obviously not going away, and I’ve tried almost every medication there is without long-term success.

I mean that was it, milk & toast, any way you could serve it, for sometimes a week until my stomach would settle down. When I was 12 my tummy aches became severe and I spent the next 10 years being tested to see what was wrong.

This will often cause the stomach to secrete less acid, thereby fixing the problem. Stomach acid also keeps yeast and bacteria in check – this is why antacids can often cause small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

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