Dr Paul O’Malleys take on the article below…
Yes I agree. If a person does suffer from GERD PROBIOTICS MAY PROVIDE RELIEF. Be aware that GERD can have devastating effects on your teeth and gums. The acidity can be so strong as to begin eating through enamel, causing erosion, severe wear, sensitivity and even tooth loss.
So from a dental view point it is crucial to handle this condition. Meanwhile taking our “Advanced Oral Probiotics” can begin strengthening the oral cavity while the GERD is being addressed. With our 7 strain blend it may regulate a more healthy environment and PH. This will become the way of the future and I highly recommend it.
Dr. Paul O’Malley
Probiotics may ease GERD and other digestive tract issues
Most people are not immune to the occasional bout of acid reflux or heartburn. However, when such unpleasant occurrences take place on a fairly regular basis, one might be suffering from a chronic digestive disease known as GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease.
GERD involves the flow of stomach acid or some of the contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus, which then causes irritation to the lining of the esophagus. Among the potential signs and symptoms of this condition include chest pain, difficulty swallowing, a burning throat, a sour taste in the mouth, a sore or hoarse throat, and acid reflux, or regurgitating food or sour liquid.
Traditionally, a person suffering from GERD might be placed on a regimen of over-the-counter medication or a stronger protocol of prescription pills. In worst case scenarios, surgery may be needed. However, more and more health experts are pointing toward probiotics for their potential to aid GERD and other digestive health issues.
The University of Maryland Medical Center lists probiotics as part of the nutrition and dietary supplement approach to treating or managing GERD, recommending a probiotic supplement that contains five to 10 billion colony forming units, or CFUs, per day.1 Probiotics can help ease digestive health issues like this because they can help boost the level of good bacteria in the digestive system, balancing out any bad bacteria.
In an article titled “Stress and the gut: pathophysiology, clinical consequences, diagnostic approach and treatment options,” which was published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, the authors recommend probiotics as a possible remedy for a variety of digestive health issues, including GERD.
The article states: “Finally, probiotics may profoundly affect the brain-gut interactions and attenuate the development of stress-induced disorders in both the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.”2
One of the main ways probiotics may act to help alleviate digestive health issues such as GERD is by helping to reduce the negative effects of stress on the body’s gastrointestinal system, like inflammation. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that giving probiotics to mice helped to reduce the inflammation. The findings from this study were published in June 2013 in Gastroenterology.3
1University of Maryland Medical Center. Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Umm.edu.http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/gastroesophageal-reflux-disease. Updated September 2011. Accessed July 2014.
2Konturek, P.C., Brzozowski, T. & Konturek, S.J. (2011). Stress and the gut: pathophysiology, clinical consequences, diagnostic approach and treatment options. J Physiol Pharmacol, 65(6), 591-599.
3Sun, Y., et. Al. (2013). Stress-induced corticotropin-releasing hormone-mediated NLRP6 inflammasone inhibition and transmissible enteritis in mice. Gastroenterology, 144(7), 1478-1487.