The Terrible Truth About Acid Reflux Disease

One common cause of acid reflux disease is a stomach is out of balance in terms of gut flora.

When we think about microflora and restoring gut bacteria, probiotic supplements are generally the first thing that comes to mind—but that’s just one thing that needs to be considered. You could take a boatload of probiotics, but it wouldn’t do much good if your lifestyle continues to include habits that damage gut bacteria, such as taking antibiotics and drinking highly chlorinated water.

The beneficial microflora in and on your body need a stable environment in which to grow and flourish. We know that the ideal pH in the colon should be between 6.7 and 6.9. A pH of 7 is neutral—anything lower than 7 is acidic and anything above 7 is alkaline. The colon needs to be slightly acidic, which inhibits the growth of undesirable bacteria like Salmonella, Shigella, and E. coli.

The best way to restore beneficial bacteria in the gut is to create acidity, which promotes the growth of various Lactobacillusbacteria—the ones with well-known beneficial effects. These bacteria can be obtained from eating certain yogurt compounds, fermented foods, and taking a suitable pro-biotic.

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