When it comes to natural support for relief of acid reflux, heartburn or indigestion, it seems the most common recommendation is lifestyle change or acid-suppressing medication.
Many “experts” and institutions recommend eating smaller meals, losing weight, quitting cigarettes, adjusting posture, etc., etc., etc.
And no matter where you look — television, magazines and on the Internet — it seems there’s bound to be some sort of advertisement touting antacids, proton-pump inhibitors or other acid-reducing drugs.
While some tips are certainly noteworthy, it seems they are a bit simplistic and might offer only temporary or minimal relief for those with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms. What’s more, many of the over-the-counter and prescription medications on the market today are linked to serious side effects, including nutrient deficiencies and hip fractures.
The worst thing about these solutions, though, is that many address symptoms rather than the cause. For many people, acid reflux might be a result of improper digestion, for which digestive enzymes offer support.
In fact, safe and effective digestive enzyme supplements can work naturally with the body to promote proper digestion.
Digestive enzymes can improve nutrient absorption while they help with indigestion, gas, bloating and other symptoms of improper digestion. A reduction in the enzyme-producing burden placed on digestive organs can also support immune function.
For those with ulcers or other damage to the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, certain herbal ingredients combined with enzymes can help soothe and protect the gut. Helpful herbs include marshmallow root, deglycyrrhizinized licorice root, ginger rhizome, aloe vera and quercetin.