SUPPLEMENTS FOR IMPROVING DIGESTIVE HEALTH
Welcome to How To Treat Heartburn’s curated list of supplements that I strongly recommend for building and optimizing your digestive health in order to treat and protect against heartburn, acid reflux, GERD and other digestive disorders.
How To Treat Heartburn also has a list of products for heartburn and other digestive disorders.
Before checking out these trusted dietary supplements, an important disclosure:
A properly functioning digestive system helps reduce the possibility of heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, LPR, and a myriad of other digestive issues. Numerous dietary supplements can help improve digestion and protect the digestive tract. These popular, dietary supplements are used for preventing heartburn, improving digestion, protecting the gastrointestinal tract, and repairing the gastrointestinal tract after long-term use of acid-reducing drugs like proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) soothes the gastrointestinal tract by building up the mucous membrane to coat and protect against acid irritation and allow healing.
Low stomach acid, hydrochloric acid (HCl), leads to acid reflux and heartburn by causing slow digestion, constipation, gas, bloating, and a poor lower esophageal sphincter (LES) closure.
Optimal stomach acidity is needed for proper digestion and helps trigger the LES to close. The LES is a ring of muscles between the esophagus and stomach that tighten to keep stomach acid from refluxing.
Betaine HCl is a supplement that can be taken to increase stomach acid and prevent the digestive issues caused by low stomach acid.
Recommended: Thorne Research – Betaine HCL & Pepsin
The lack of digestive enzymes can slow the digestive process leading to increased abdominal pressure due to the buildup of material in the digestive tract. This increase in pressure increases the possibility of acid reflux.
Recommended: Life Extension Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes
Probiotics are good, live bacteria and yeasts that aid in digestion and improve our overall health. Good bacteria prohibit the overgrowth of bad bacteria. Bad bacteria overgrowth creates various digestive conditions that cause acid reflux and exacerbate GERD symptoms.
Recommended: Dr. Tobias Probiotics
Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that promote digestive health by nourishing probiotics (healthy bacteria) thus helping them thrive in the digestive tract.
Recommended: Dr. Tobias Ultimate Prebiotic
Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract Support
GI-Encap by Thorne Research contains the four forms of mucilage recommended by How to Treat Heartburn for natural heartburn relief: deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), marshmallow root, slippery elm, and aloe vera. Mucilage is a thick, gelatinous substance produced by plants. It helps protect against acid reflux by coating and building up the mucous membrane lining the throat and stomach.
Recommended: Thorne Research GI-Encap
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural acid reflux remedy. Swallowing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar stimulates the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to close keeping stomach contents from refluxing into the esophagus. Apple cider vinegar is also alkalizing improving the body’s pH balance and reducing the chance of heartburn in the long term.
If you can’t stand the taste and burning of swallowing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, it can be diluted with water, apple juice, or apple cider though diluting may reduce its effectiveness. Experiment to find an acceptable level of apple cider vinegar in the mixture without overly reducing its effectiveness. Vinegar is acidic. Too much apple cider vinegar can cause heartburn symptoms to worsen.
Recommended: Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Marshmallow leaf and root contain mucilage, thick, gooey substance that helps protect against acid reflux and soothes ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders like leaky gut syndrome by coating and building up the mucous membrane lining the throat and stomach.
Recommended: Celebration Herbals Marshmallow Leaf & Root Organic
Slippery elm is a species of elm native to North America. Slippery elm produces a form of mucilage, a thick, gooey substance that helps protect against acid reflux and soothes ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders by coating and building up the mucous membrane lining the throat and stomach.
Throat Coat Tea
Throat Coat Tea contains three forms of mucilage recommended by How to Treat Heartburn for natural heartburn relief: licorice, marshmallow root, and slippery elm. Mucilage is a thick, gelatinous substance produced by plants. It helps protect against acid reflux by coating and building up the mucous membrane lining the throat and stomach.
Recommended: Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat Tea
Digestive bitters stimulate the body’s production of digestive enzymes which are necessary for healthy digestion. A lack of digestive enzymes leads to inefficient, slowed digestion increasing the possibility of acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD.
Recommended: Urban Moonshine Original Bitters