What Causes Acid Reflux?

Acid Reflux Concept on Chalkboard. 3D Illustration.

Most people resort to antacids when they have acid reflux and yet do not understand what causes acid reflux. Acid reflux, also commonly referred to as an acidic stomach or hyperacidity, is a concern that affects large numbers of people. There are many causes for this and they include irregular eating habits, eating spicy and salty foods, a stressful lifestyle, heavy smoking and excess caffeine intake.

To help alleviate acid reflux, I recommend the use of Centaurium Tincture; take fifteen drops three times a day. Centaurium is considered a stomach bitter working to help improve digestion by increasing both the secretion of digestive enzymes and helping gut motility. These actions occur via the hormone ‘gastrin’ and enhance the breakdown of food, which often helps to relieve the symptoms of nausea, flatulence and gastric discomfort. It is often the improper breakdown of proteins that results in hyperacidity, which subsequently inflames the upper tract.

Another important function of gastrin is to tighten the oesophageal sphincter. This helps reduce the tendency for reflux of the gastric contents into the oesophagus and used over a period of time (approximately 6-12 months) may actually aid to prevent this concern.

I would also recommend the use of Mega Probiotic ND; take one capsule twice a day. Probiotics play a vital role in numerous concerns in the body and these include detoxifying acids once they reach the gut, they also help with the efficient breakdown of food aiding in the prevention of stagnation; probiotics also help in the production of vital immune enhancing compounds.

Both remedies are perfectly safe for long-term use to counter acid reflux and are not contraindicated with any conventional medicines.
Centaurium Tincture £9.15 for 50 ml; Mega Probiotic ND £18.50 for 60 Capsules

This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

Gut Health, Shabir Daya | , , ,
  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Dani, I am not a lover of PPI’s however I know that they are a necessity for some people. I believe that you have not given Centaurium Tincture sufficient time – the idea is that shutting down acid production is for many not the answer because it is the lack of acid in many cases that causes improper breakdown of food leading to signs of acid reflux. May I suggest that for the next three weeks you continue with the same regimen expect use EsophaCool which are calcium, magnesium and liquorice based lozenges to suck if you have any signs of acidity. They work to neutralise acid that seeps upwards into the oesophagus but do not neutralise stomach acid when they reach that part. Here is a link to EsophaCool – https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/EsophaCool/12319 Best wishes Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Dani, Mega Probiotic ND is free from most allergens and so I do not believe that this is causing excess acidity. However, it might be prudent to leave it out of the regimen for the next week and gauge the results. It is difficult for me to guide you regarding the use of PPI’s specifically – all I can say is that the people who wish to give up PPI’s do so gradually and over a period of several weeks by reducing one dose in a week.
    I am not against Stretta procedure however it might be prudent to use Centaurium Tincture for a few months because this may help with gastrin production which controls the sphincter from stomach into oesophagus. Best wishes Shabir

  • Dani Evans

    Thanks Shabir – your advice is greatly appreciated.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome.

  • Dani Evans

    Hi Shabir – is there any other medication you would recommend for acid reflux to take in addition (or instead of) the centaurium tincture and the esophacool lozenges? I have purchased both but just want to make sure I am doing everything I can to help minimise the acid as I plan on reducing my omeprazole by one tablet per week as of next week. I have been away in Italy so thought it might be best to wait until I get back! :)

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Dani, these two remedies help a lot towards curbing acid reflux but you may also wish to inform your GP before taking them just to get their approval.

  • Dani Evans

    Ok thank you :)