Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of many causes of vitamin B12 deficiency. In addition to taking extra vitamin B12- especially crucial if you’re using protein pump inhibitors (PPIs) to battle acid reflux, it’s also important to know which foods are best digestive health with GERD.
The symptoms of GERD- chronic heartburn, stomach upset, vomiting- are more than just a nuisance; they can be severely detrimental to your health.
Long-term acid reflux may cause ulcers in the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, lungs, and throat.
Untreated, they can lead to scarring and narrowing of the esophagus.
GERD, a risk factor for vitamin B12 deficiency
GERD patients are a high risk factor for vitamin B12 deficiency for two reasons:
- Protein pump inhibitors (PPIs), a common medication for GERD, interfere with your ability to digest vitamin B12 naturally from food. Long-term inhibition of stomach acids may result in severe depletion of vitamin B12 levels. For that reason, GERD patients use non-dietary vitamin B12 supplements, such as a routine vitamin B12 shot.
- Additionally, damage to the digestive system often interferes with intrinsic factor, a digestive enzyme that is crucial for vitamin B12 absorption.
Over time, vitamin B12 deficiency impedes your neurological health, metabolism, DNA synthesis, cognitive functioning, and red blood cell distribution.
Eating with GERD
In addition to eating the right foods, you will also need to develop good eating habits like chewing slowly, eating small meals, avoiding late-night snacks, and stopping when you’re satisfied, not stuffed.
Always consult your doctor before adopting any new food regimen for GERD.
Here are some foods that typically relieve GERD symptoms:
- Aloe Vera
- Fennel and celery
- Root vegetables
- Salad greens
- Skinless chicken or turkey
- Whole grains
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