Gut Parasites and Infections
There are many factors which could lead to bacterial in-balances in the human microbiome, which left unchecked, could lead to the growth of parasites and gut infections.
GERD is a multifactorial process that can be due to stress, poor diet, impaired digestion, dysbiosis, hiatal hernia, and esophageal sphincter dysfunction. Risk factors associated with GERD include smoking, alcohol and NSAID use. Pharmaceutical interventions may provide symptom management but they do not correct many of the underlying factors and they have side effects. Lifestyle changes and nutritional support are usually sufficient to address acid reflux. For instance, patients should consider eating smaller meal portions, avoid laying down after meals and avoid eating right before bedtime. Also, alcohol and specific foods can trigger symptoms.
Although proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may help with GERD’s symptoms, these medications may not be the solution. Recent studies have linked PPIs to chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease, as well as an increased risk of a heart attack. PPIs can also lead to other problems such as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
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