Taking Acid-Suppressing Drugs?

The truth is, stomach acid will burn the delicate lining of the esophagus ONLY if it is allowed to reach the esophagus. This is not supposed to happen because the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) valve is meant to protect the esophagus from the acid in the stomach. No matter how much stomach acid is in the stomach, as long as your LES valve is closed, no stomach acid will enter the esophagus. This is by design! 

 

Reasoning with common sense, the REAL problem of acid reflux and heartburn is the dysfunction of the LES valve. This valve may not properly close for many reasons, for example, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can secrete toxic byproducts that can paralyze the LES valve, making it lazy and too relaxed to function properly. 

 

Stopping stomach acid production is not the answer to this irritating problem. In fact, the suppression of stomach acid has many adverse consequences including chronic disease and cancer. The answer is to work with a Functional Medicine Practitioner to help investigate why the LES valve is weak and dysfunctional, and correct it!