Acid Reflux Treatments: Nutrition versus Proton Pump Inhibitors

The treatment of choice for acid reflux, the proton pump inhibitor or PPI, is no treatment at all. A PPI is a type of drug that produces a profound reduction in the stomach’s production of gastric acid (stomach acid).

Most doctors believe too much stomach acid causes acid reflux, so decreasing that acid is how we should treat reflux. Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are just a few of the PPIs regularly prescribed to reduce gastric acid.

These doctors couldn’t be more wrong.

Acid reflux is caused by too little acid in the stomach, so reducing it makes the situation worse. When your esophageal sphincter stays open, as it does when you have too little stomach acid, the contents of your stomach splash up and cause reflux symptoms.

When you take a PPI, the symptoms may subside in the beginning, but the acid reflux returns. Often, the PPI dosage increases, which simply makes the reflux worse. PPIs carry a label that warns against using them for more than 14 days a year.

Most people who use PPIs take them every day for many years, and they’re plagued by side effects such as Barrett’s esophagitis, headaches, constipation and diarrhea, bloating, and fatigue.

The biggest misconception about acid reflux is that you must use a prescription drug to treat it. Other drugs treat reflux, such as antibiotics and histamine H2-receptor antagonists, but they are no more effective than PPIs.

Nutritional therapy and lifestyle modification treat acid reflux better than any pharmaceutical can. Our natural acid reflux treatment targets the cause, which is different for everyone.

We customize a program that determines food sensitivities and corrects the digestive system to help the esophageal sphincter close.

Many doctors believe acid reflux cannot be successfully reversed and that symptom management is the best any patient can hope for. We know that it can be corrected with the proper nutrition and digestive supplements.

For example, we use digestive bitters to help your stomach manufacture the correct amount of acid. When you have enough acid, food is digested properly, and the sphincter stays closed.

Most physicians don’t understand that everyone has different food-related reflux triggers. Often, acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits are one culprit.

For other people, chocolate or alcohol increases reflux. Any food you’re allergic to can cause flare-ups, and you may not know which foods you’re allergic to until you have a food sensitivity test.

When we begin your natural acid reflux treatment program, we determine which foods you may be sensitive to. This way, you can avoid those particular items only instead of giving up a wide range of food and drink.

We offer two food sensitivity tests, one for 96 foods and one for 184 foods. Sometimes, knowing your trigger foods is enough to decrease your acid reflux, but if it isn’t, we offer a comprehensive, nutrition-based program tailored to your needs.

The Cure Your Acid Reflux program is a physician-supervised program that includes:

  • A comprehensive acid reflux symptom evaluation.
  • Option for food sensitivity testing for 96 or 184 foods.
  • Tailored nutrition and supplement program based on your evaluation and food sensitivity test.
  • If necessary, four exclusive healing support products, including:

Repair, to support a healthy esophagus and digestive system.

Relieve, to correct bacterial imbalance in the gut.

Replenish probiotic, to restore beneficial gut bacteria.

Digestive bitters, to support normal stomach function.

  • Two one-on-one personal coaching sessions with your Cure Your Acid Reflux Coach.
  • Unlimited email and phone support.

Do you have questions?

Are you ready to reverse your acid reflux?

If so, please call or email us today, and we’ll get started.