Guest Post: A More Natural Suggestion for G.E.R.D.



Gastroesophageal reflux is the backflow of contents of the stomach into the esophagus that is often the result of incompetence of the lower esophageal sphincter. Gastric juices are acidic and therefore produce burning pain in the esophagus. Repeated episodes of reflux often result in gastroesophageal reflux disease, or G.E.R.D. The frequent acid in the esophagus can cause esophagitis, inflammation of the esophageal mucosa.

A possible cause of increased acid in the stomach is the lack of adequate digestive enzymes and/or the lack of adequate digestion. Both circumstances might occur as a result of poor diet, stressful lifestyle, and/or genetic propensities. When we eat a meal and that food remains in the stomach undigested, the “message” is sent that more HCL needs to be secreted to support the digestive process. However, this is an incorrect message. What is actually needed are digestive enzymes.

With supplementation of an enzyme blend that is active in a broad pH range, the digestive process takes place and the correct message is sent, signaling no more HCL is needed. This support of proper digestion naturally balances and manages HCL production.

The function of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is to prevent gastric contents from backing up into the esophagus. Normally, the LES creates pressure, closing the lower end of the esophagus, but relaxes after each swallow to allow food into the stomach. Reflux occurs when LES pressure is deficient or when pressure within the stomach exceeds LES pressure.

The traditional medical treatment is to prescribe anti-acids. Anti-acids not only mask the problem, they also can cause long-term digestive problems. The majority of anti-acids on the market are alkaline compounds that neutralize the acid. Others are acid inhibitors that actually prevent the stomach from producing HCl. Regular anti-acid use can damage the mucosal lining in the stomach and renders many of your digestive enzymes inactive. It is the acidic environment of the stomach that activates the proteolytic enzymes necessary for the digestion of protein. Anti-acids are merely “Band-Aids” and do nothing to correct the problem. Another common method of treatment is surgery to repair the LES.

Doesn’t it make more sense to promote proper digestion with digestive enzymes rather than to impose road blocks with anti-acids? This is exactly what Digestive Enzyme Therapy along with diet and lifestyle modifications can accomplish.*


Eat according to your body type.

Modify portions – small, frequent meals.

Take DigestZyme or TPP Digest prior to meals and GastroZyme following meals.

Avoid high fat or acid stimulating foods such as chocolate, dairy, coffee, alcohol, and some citrus fruits and vegetables.

Avoid strenuous exercise or lying flat for up to 2 hours following a meal.


DigestZyme and TPP Digest are complete digestive enzyme formulas containing blends of carbohydrate, protein, and fat digesting enzymes. Improved digestion will decrease the formation of gas thus reducing stomach pressure as well as help manage and balance HCL production.

GastroZyme and TPP Gastro formulations are designed to heal and repair the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract. They contain herbs such as marshmallow root, gotu kola, papaya leaf and prickly ash bark, all known for their healing properties. They also contain digestive enzymes to ensure the herbs are utilized.

Once the symptoms of G.E.R.D. appear to be under control, the client may begin a basic enzyme protocol while continuing to modify their diet and lifestyle habits. Our experience has been this can be accomplished in approximately 30 days with good compliance.

If you are a healthcare professional and would like more information on the benefits of digestive enzyme therapy call our Physician Education department at 864-214-2264.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Transformation’s protocols are intended for use by health care professionals only.

Reprinted article by Lisa Helfrich RD and Research Clinician at Transformation Enzyme Corporation

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