What can I take to improve acid reflux?
Q: I take Omeprazole for acid reflux, what can I take to improve this condition and get off this medication?
A: Yes, with acid reflux, there are foods which can be more difficult for you to digest than others. So you may need to limit these in your diet if you are able to notice reflux happening soon after eating certain foods. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus.
Your medication, Omeprazole is in a class of medications called proton-pump inhibitors (PPI’s). It works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach. The main thing I would recommend for you now is a good digestive product. Since you are on Omeprazole, you’ll need to do this carefully. Here is what I would recommend:
- Digest Plus by Genestra – 1 pill per meal & snack. This has natural enzymes and hydrochloric acids designed to enhance the digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the stomach and small intestine. Take at the beginning of your meal for best effect. For bigger meals or anything with dairy add extra enzymes, as in this:
- V-Enzymes by Genestra – 1-2 per meal or snack.
Now, with Digest Plus, do not take it if you have an ulcer and if you notice the Digest Plus causes you to have a burning feeling (due to the hydrochloric acids), then just use the V-Enzymes for a while, then try it again in a few days with a large meal. As we age, our digestive juices start to diminish, as a result other problems arise (heartburn or acid reflux) due to the lack of stomach acid and digestive enzymes in our bodies.
Also, it is important not to over-eat at meals, drink too much liquid (limit to 4 fl oz of liquid) and do not lay down horizontally after eating for at least 1 hour. This increases the chances of food backing up into the esophagus and causing acid reflux. If you need to rest soon after eating prop yourself up.
This would be a good start for you. Hopefully, this strategy will allow you to stop taking your Omeprazole in a short amount of time and it will improve your digestive function, as well as better absorption of your nutrients from your food & supplements. Good digestion and getting the best absorption of nutrients, is key to good health and longevity. PPI’s taken over a long period of time can result in the decrease of some key nutrients (B12, iron, calcium) and should not be taken over a long period of time, unless absolutely necessary. Doctors over prescribe these drugs because they don’t know how else to improve digestive function through diet and supplements, in many cases.