How To Use Probiotics For Acid Reflux Treatment

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Acid reflux, commonly known as heart burn is something that you would have experienced at some point in your life. If recurrent it is quite uncomfortable, today science offers you a quick and sure shot solution - Probiotics for Acid Reflux! Who would have thought that commonly found food items if chosen and consumed regularly could keep acidity at bay.


 


How Probiotics Help Treat Acid Reflux


Acid reflux happens occurs when some of the food from your stomach moves upward into your esophagus. The common reasons of occurrence are due to medications, pregnancy, obesity, hiatus hernia and the use of alcohol and cigarettes.  Probiotics are extremely effective in treating this condition as they predominantly function in the gut. They not only improve the beneficial bacteria count in the gut thereby promoting natural immunity, but also aid in digestion and elimination of waste and toxins from the body. Infants are especially prone to acid reflux as the muscular tissue above the stomach is not fully developed. Probiotics like Lactobacillus reuteri reduce acidity by hastening the mobility of food in the stomach of babies.


 


How To Use Probiotics To Treat Acid Reflux


  • Probiotic therapy and how quickly it works is dependent on dose and strain of microbe used. A minimum of 5 to 10 million live microorganisms belonging to 2 to 3 strains are introduced in the human body to experience maximum therapeutic benefits.

  • As probiotics contain live microbes care should be taken on what strain of microbes are present in them (information derived from the food label), also care should be taken that they are consumed before the expiration date.

  • Probiotics should be taken on a regular basis for maintenance of a healthy digestive system.

  • Probiotics can be consumed in daily diet in the form of diary products like acidophilus milk, kefir, cultured milk, cultured buttermilk, and yogurt.

  • Probiotics can also be added to daily diet by incorporating soy, rice or coconut milk with live microbes, pickled vegetables (Raw kimchi, sauerkraut or pickled beets, carrots or other vegetables), hummus, tempeh, natto, formulated health bars, miso, cereals, and certain probiotic salad dressings.

  • Probiotics are also available as a wide variety of dietary supplements in capsule, tablets or liquid forms for easy use.

  • Prebiotics when consumed along with probiotics boost their efficacy.


 


Best Probiotics for Acid Reflux


A combination of active cultures of lactobacillus, bifidobacteria, and streptococcus has been found to help in improving acid reflux. In the lactobacillus species L. acidophilus is quite a potent acid reflux inhibiter. Some of the commercial products that can be consumed to experience the benefits are Acidophilus milk, Nutrition now PB8 Acidophilus, Probiotic complex quantum, Probiotic yoghurt, ThreeLac, Choice Super 8 High Potency Probiotic, Advanced Adult Probiotic, Yakult, Align, Activia yogurt, EcoVag, Yoplait YoPlus, Stonyfield yogurt, Pearl, Dong Quai, Coco Biotic, Goodbelly splash, Goodbelly probiotic fruit drink, Mutaflor, Actimel, etc.


 


Things to Remember while Using Probiotic Therapy


Probiotic foods can be administered in any age group and a extremely safe. However, people who have compromised immunity should not be given probiotics as it increases the risk of infection.


 


Acid reflux can also be controlled by dietary and lifestyle changes. Read more about Natural remedies for acid reflux from our article.


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