Acid reflux is one of the most common conditions that cause heartburn. Heartburn happens because stomach acid flows back up into the food pipe. There are many ways to help prevent acid reflux, and increasing the good bacteria in your stomach is one of the effective ways to do that. Probiotics are live microorganisms that when ingested, can help improve the body’s response against harmful or bad bacteria. There are many strains of probiotics that play crucial roles in different body systems, however, it has been found that the best probiotic for acid reflux is Lactobacillus Acidophilus.
Lactobacillus is a type of bacteria that resides in our body. This bacteria can be found in our digestive systems as well as in the genital and urinary systems. There are many types of Lactobacillus strains, each having its own benefit to the body. Unlike other bacteria, probiotics are good bacteria that help our bodies function.
Where can I find Lactobacillus?
Lactobacillus can be found in most fermented food. Popular sources of the Lactobacillus probiotic are yogurt, Kimchi (a Korean fermented side dish), buttermilk and pickles. When ingested in the right amount, probiotics from these sources can help aid in neutralizing acid content in the stomach as well as break down food content and fight off bad bacteria that can cause indigestion. Other food sources can include:
- Milk fortified with Lactobacillus cultures
Lactobacillus works to fight off bad bacteria in the gut and in turn, prevents the occurrence of fermentation that can lead to excess gas buildup which is the culprit behind heartburn symptoms. Lactobacillus also helps break down food and promotes better absorption of nutrients. It has also been found that Lactobacillus has anti-inflammatory properties that may help combat inflammation brought about by GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). With the proper amount of Lactobacillus in the gut, your body can also fight opportunistic bacteria that may cause peptic ulcer disease.