Acid reflux, also known as acid indigestion, affects most people at some point. When your lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscle that keeps the acid in your stomach, doesn’t close properly, acid can back up into the esophagus and cause pain. When this condition becomes chronic, doctors often treat it with acid-reducing medications.
Medications to treat this condition can relieve symptoms but are they really solving the problem?
First, let’s take a look at how those medications work. The most common treatments, called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs such as Dexilant or Prevacid), treat acid reflux by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. Less acid - less back up. Makes sense. But there are potential downsides to reducing acid that we’ve all read about - osteoporosis, fractures, pneumonia, C. difficile infection, colitis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (causing IBS symptoms and interfering with digestion), hypomagnesemia, anemia, and vitamin B-12 deficiency.
The surprising thing is those reflux symptoms may not even be caused by too much acid, but rather by bacterial overgrowth of the LES. Feeding the right healthful bacteria helps them crowd out the bad ones and can solve the problem.
“When I first came across this information, I have to admit I was skeptical,” said Dr. Peter Swann, a family practice physician who co-founded ISOThrive, a company that makes a natural solution for restoring the bacterial balance. “But the more research I did, the more convinced I became that we were onto something big.”
ISOThrive launched its natural prebiotic nectar in 2016 and since then, thousands of people have experienced relief from acid reflux, bloating, constipation, and other digestive issues.
Kari, a mother of two, began using ISOThrive 2 years ago. As soon as she started, she saw immediate relief.
She says, "I was following a clean diet, but I still was having pain when I ate. With ISOThrive I no longer have distress with every meal. It’s helped me so much, I can’t imagine my life anymore without ISOThrive."
Dr. Swann himself had acid reflux that resolved once he started taking ISOThrive regularly. “The science makes sense. Over the counter acid reflux medications aren't solving the problem. ISOThrive, which is a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) natural solution, can bring lasting relief, without negative side effects.”
A case study on ISOThrive’s impact on acid reflux was published in the journal, Integrative Medicine in 2018. “As a small company, we are dedicated to improving digestive health for everyone who is suffering,” said Swann.
ISOThrive is a special type of microFood for the healthy bacteria that live in our body and regulate our immune system. Feeding the good bacteria can improve the composition of the microbiome, help decrease systemic inflammation, and get things back to normal.