I don’t get it every morning, but when it’s present it grabs all of my attention, along with the coughing fits. I’m not one to take pills on a regular basis. However, I did try Zantac at night for a couple of months last year and at first it sort of helped. And, per my GI doctor’s advice I tried Nexium earlier this year for 30 days.
If we don’t have enough digestive enzymes, we can’t break down our food-which means even though we’re eating well, we aren’t absorbing all that good nutrition. Ultimately, the hope is you can move away from supplements once your digestive enzymes are back in balance, so it’s better to take supplements that support your natural processes than take over these processes and potentially weaken your natural enzyme production. Pineapple and Papaya – Both sources contain enzymes that help break down protein. The benefit of these is that they’re vegan and, if you eat the fruit, contain other nutrients such as fibre and vitamins. But these enzymes can find it difficult to make it through the harsh stomach acid intact and only help break down protein, limiting their helpfulness.
For a period of may be two weeks I came down on the dose as I wasn’t having any issues anymore, but now the irritation started again. I was taking 1 enzyme pill and one ginger capsule for digestion and that seems to really help me digest my food, but now, I’m feeling a mild warm feeling in my stomach shortly after, and while its more soothing than anything else, soon after that warm feeling goes away, the irritation begins. I decided to cut down on the ginger to see if it helps, but I am gassy again and it feels like my food just sits there.
This is also true for probiotics. Fermented foods have been consumed for their probiotic effects for thousands of years. What’s more, contrary to popular belief and the marketing of commercial probiotic manufacturers, foods like yogurt and kefir generally have a much higher concentration of beneficial microorganisms than probiotic supplements do. Apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, raw (unpasteurized) sauerkraut and pickles are other time-tested, traditional remedies that often relieve the symptoms of heartburn and GERD. However, although these remedies may resolve symptoms, they do not increase nutrient absorption and assimilation to the extent that HCL supplements do.
In addition to being a great source of nutrition, papaya also provides the body with amazing supportive benefits. Have you ever noticed that you get indigestion after meals? Or maybe your quality of life has decreased due to trauma or tissue damage? If so, then papaya may help support your body’s digestion and natural tissue protection methods.
Sometimes low stomach acid can actually contribute to heartburn. With the convenience of a capsule, tablet, or chewable, digestive enzyme supplements that provide a variety of enzymes from all three categories generally have the best effect and benefit people the most. It is important to keep in mind that as we age, our body’s ability to produce digestive enzymes decreases.
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. Since well before the advent of modern medicine, people used plants and other nature-derived remedies to treat and cure all sorts of maladies and illnesses.
Heartburn is a painful burning sensation experienced in the upper stomach or chest due to the reflux of stomach acid into the oesophagus. Chewing gum can increase saliva production, ultimately neutralizing stomach acid. “It also leads to more frequent swallowing, which can move the irritating acid down the esophagus more quickly,” adds Bella.