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Effectively Manage Acid Reflux Using Natural Remedies - Acid Reflux and
Constipation, (Chicken or the Egg?)
Those suffering acid reflux often tend to also suffer constipation.
Researchers have often written this off as the side effects of acid reflux
medications, specifically PPIs.
A new study published in journal Esophagus put this theory to a test and the results
were quite surprising.
The Japanese scientists identified 179 people who had all been on PPIs or other
acid-suppressive therapy for more than a year.
118 of these had been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD):
83 with inflammatory erosive acid reflux and 35 with non-erosive reflux disease, with
the regurgitated stomach contents being mostly nonacidic.
The remaining 61 subjects had been prescribed acid-suppressive treatment for
conditions other than gastroesophageal reflux disease; we’ll call them the non-GERD
The subjects’ average age was around 69 years and the researchers excluded age,
sex, and body mass index from affecting their results.
They found that laxative use for constipation was much higher in the GERD than in
the non-GERD group, with 38.1 percent of the former group versus 21.3 percent of
the latter group using them.
As they were all on PPIs and other acid-suppressive drugs, it was clearly not the
PPIs that caused the constipation, and sex, age, and body mass index were also
This suggests that there is a relationship between GERD and constipation, but it
doesn’t establish whether the former causes the latter, whether the latter causes the
former, or whether they are both produced by some third factor.
There are some good reasons to suspect that the two may be brought on by the
same unhealthy eating habits and that typical remedies for constipation can clear up