How Probiotics Help Get Rid of Heartburn Symptoms
03. 19. 2018
When we think of bacteria, we often think of germs that cause sickness. But our bodies are full of bacteria, both good and bad. The bacteria living inside of our intestinal tracts are known as the gut microbiota. The “helpful” bacteria in the gut support immunity and healthy digestion, so maintaining a high level of good bacteria supports optimal gut health.
You can increase the colonies of good bacteria in your gut by consuming foods that are high in probiotics. Probiotic foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi can contain billions or trillions of beneficial bacteria.
Some studies suggest that probiotics can ease symptoms of heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and doctors often recommend probiotics as a natural heartburn remedy. More clinical research needs to be done on probiotics, but these tiny microorganisms seem to make a big difference.
Probiotics Improve Conditions for Digestion
Eating a large meal can put pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter and initiate reflux, a condition in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus. Excess acid in the esophagus can cause inflammation, irritation and pain in the esophageal lining. Probiotics have natural anti-inflammatory properties to reduce symptoms of inflammation. They also help speed up digestion and move food through the stomach efficiently so reflux is less likely to occur.
Probiotics Reduce Growth of Harmful Bacteria
H.pylori is a type of “bad” bacteria that can infect the digestive tract and cause stomach inflammation and peptic ulcers. Several studies have shown that supplementing with probiotics can lower H. pylori bacterial counts and reduce symptoms of abdominal pain, burning and nausea (source: Live Strong).
If you experience chronic indigestion, burning in the throat, or pain in your chest, you may suffer from undiagnosed GERD. It only takes a moment to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to get some answers. You may benefit from taking probiotics, but talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet.