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My 33 year old son has acid reflux and the doctor has put him on a prescription medication.

Q. Dear Terry, “My 33 year old son has acid reflux and the doctor has put him on a prescription medication. I told him he needs more acid, not less. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.” — Jackie J., Seattle, WA

A. Dear Jackie, You are absolutely right – stomach acid is not the enemy. While many manufacturers sell the public on products that reduce stomach acid as a way to treat heartburn, these products are not the solution. Although they may – temporarily – stop the pain of heartburn, interfering with the body’s production of stomach acid is not good in the long term.

I am glad to say I do have some natural options that can help heal the mucous lining of the gastrointestinal tract. However, I would encourage your son to talk with his doctor and see what they think about the following protocol.

When it comes to acid reflux, I especially like a combination of d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil. This synergistic blend can greatly improve digestive function. Sea buckthorn has been clinically studied for healing ulcers and other gastric lining inflammation, and d-limonene has been studied for (gastroesophageal reflux disease) GERD. This combination is very soothing to the mucosa of the digestive tract. I would recommend taking 1 softgel of this blend twice daily.

Adding probiotics and deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) to your son’s daily regimen will also help to soothe his ‘gut’ – that is, the stomach and intestines. Probiotics, also called ‘beneficial bacteria’, typically colonize in the intestines and are not only beneficial for intestinal health, but overall health as well. I especially like a blend of probiotics combined with a clinically studied, encapsulated DGL. DGL helps keep the stomach and intestinal mucosal lining strong and intact. Look for a product that contains a DGL extract standardized to contain 3.5% glabridin, with greater than 10% total flavonoids per dose. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this blend twice daily.

Diet also plays a crucial role. If your son is not doing so already, I highly recommend that he avoid all refined carbohydrates, grains, sugar and soft drinks. I would recommend following this diet for at least 90 days before determining if it is helpful. If he finds it too difficult to avoid all grains, he can have the following grains; brown rice, quinoa, millet seed, buckwheat and/or amaranth. I would also recommend avoiding all dairy products except butter and cream. Also, some people incorrectly regard eggs as dairy and they are not. Eggs would be allowed on this protocol. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. This is the diet I follow and it will help your son’s overall digestive health.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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