How Do Probiotics Help Relieve Acid Reflux?

Q:
How do probiotics help relieve acid reflux?

A:
Before I answer the question, I’d like to talk a little about what probiotics are to help you better understand how they work to relieve acid reflux.

Probiotics are microorganisms that live naturally in our bodies. Over 500 probiotics live in the digestive tract. People believe they can help digestion and protect the immune system.

Then, how do probiotics help relieve acid reflux?

When acid reflux occurs, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) fails to work properly. As a result, the stomach acid travels up into the esophagus. People believe that too many harmful bacteria in the stomach may cause undigested food to ferment. The gas resulting from that increases the pressure in the belly, thus forcing the LES to open and allowing stomach contents to back up into the esophagus. The presence of probiotics can help keep a healthy balance of bacteria in the stomach by preventing the overgrowth of harmful bacteria.

 

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