Acid reflux and mouth ulcers

I’ve been prescribed Nexazole for acid reflux: one 40mg capsule per day. but it caused severe diarrhoea so now I just take a capsule when needed — usually twice a week. Is there any natural remedy that would help? Also, are there any foods that would help and any foods I should avoid?

A I suspect you have been diagnosed with GORD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease) since you have been prescribed Nexazole. Typically this condition is triggered by a deficiency in stomach acid, rather than an excess.

Despite the issue being acid, which is regurgitated from the stomach back into the oesophagus, natural practitioners typically treat GORD and other acid-reflux conditions with hydrochloric acid (HCl) supplements – often in combination with a digestive aid, enzymes, and probiotics.

It is important to do what you can to treat this condition, since severe, long-term GORD may cause significant damage to the oesophageal lining, vocal cords, and teeth. It is also, of course, a most uncomfortable condition to live with. Viridian’s High Potency Digestive Aid, available from health stores, costs €22.60 for 90 capsules and contain digestive enzymes as well as Betaine HCl. It’s important not to take these capsules if you also suffer from stomach ulcers.

The reason why this approach works is because low stomach acid levels lead to the food being held longer in the stomach in order to be broken down through churning with the small amount of HCl present. This extra churning typically triggers the regurgitation of some of the food/acid mixture into the oesophagus. The lining of your throat is not designed to come into contact with acids, hence the burning sensation.

As far as avoiding foods is concerned, it is a good idea to eliminate processed grains, processed sugars and fried foods in particular. These not only exacerbate GORD, they are often at the root cause of the issue.

Q I am a retired nurse and on medication for a heart attack, which I had five years ago. I keep a close eye on my weight, which is excellent and eat healthily. I wear dentures (top and bottom) and from time to time suffer terribly from mouth ulcers. I have stopped drinking green tea with lemon and eating grapes in the morning as I felt the acid was not helping my gums. Bonjela gives fairly rapid relief but I wondered am I lacking in some mineral or vitamin?

A I’m glad to hear that you are doing so well since your heart attack, and keeping a close eye on your health. Since your diet is already healthy and well-balanced, it would be unusual for a vitamin or mineral deficiency to be at the root of your ulcers. Stress is a far more common cause, and there is also a significant link between toothpaste ingredients and recurrent mouth ulcers.

The main irritating ingredient in toothpaste is sodium lauryl/laurel/laureth sulphate (SLS/SLES). It is an industrial degreaser and foaming agent used in many personal care products and household cleaners, so it follows that it is likely to irritate the delicate oral membranes. An estimated 80% of people who suffer from mouth ulcers have had no further problems simply by changing to SLS-free oral hygiene products.!

Dentures are also linked with mouth ulcers due to the irritation. For relief from your existing ulcers, try Myrrh tincture. Apply neat to the ulcer (beware, it stings!) or dilute 4ml in a glass of warm water and rinse with it.

* For more information on acid and alkaline foods, visit www.energiseforlife.com.


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