Getting To The Roof Of And Getting Rid Of Heartburn And Reflux | Dr. Todd LePine on The Doctor’s Farmacy

Key Takeaways

  • Heartburn and acid reflux are usually lifestyle-related
  • Most of the time heartburn isn’t actually about having too much acid – your body wants acid
  • Traditional medical treatment of heartburn is often just to eliminate foods and take medicine – but this doesn’t get at the root cause
  • Treatment medications can have damaging side effects ranging from food allergies and decreasing vitamin absorption to leaky gut and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Eliminate triggering foods: peppers, fried foods, spicy foods, coffee, chocolate, etc.
  • Complete stool testing and lab work-ups to find root cause and rule out more serious conditions
  • Functional medicine supplements for heartburn: apple cider vinegar, DGL licorice, glutamine, and aloe combination

Introduction

Dr. Todd LePine (@digitaldoc69) is a board certified physician and leader in functional medicine.

Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Todd LePine discuss the functional medicine approach to treating heartburn and reflux using food, nutrition, and lifestyle.  

Host: Mark Hyman, MD (@drmarkhyman

Background and Causes of Heartburn

  • Some causes of heartburn: overeating, eating too late, eating the wrong foods
  • Most of the time heartburn isn’t actually about having too much acid – your body wants acid
  • Heartburn is usually lifestyle-related
  • People are often advised to stay away from certain foods without any further exploration about the root cause of heartburn
  • Reflux can be triggered by stress, weight, food sensitivities, other medications (such as calcium channel blockers)  

Concerning Side Effects of Heartburn Medications

  • Most of the medications have long-term consequences
  • Use of the drugs is associated with increased food allergies, deficiency in vitamin and mineral absorption, problems with calcium absorption, leaky gut, pneumonia, and irritable bowel syndrome
  • These medications may also shutdown B12 production which can have major downstream effects
  • The medications are not safe to take as a permanent solution

Healing Heartburn with Lifestyle  

  • Eliminate triggering foods: peppers, fried foods, spicy foods, coffee, chocolate, etc.
  • Get real food into your body and take out the harmful, processed foods
  • Workups: scope to make sure there’s nothing else, gastric acid level testing, stool testing
  • Taper down acid-blocking medication you may be taking until you can eliminate
  • Supplements: apple cider vinegar, DGL licorice, glutamine, and aloe combination
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