Re: Does anyone with hypothyroidism have acid reflux ?
Hi All. I treat my gastritis and acid reflux disease with acupuncture, but I know this isn't the most popular option for many of you (although I have to say, it works really well!)
I also take digestive enzymes (my favorite brand is Zygest) after every meal. And if that meal contained animal protein, I also take a low dose of "Beta Pepsin" (325 mg of Betaine Hydrochloride with 59 mg Pepsin). My nutritionist said that reflux is often the body's reaction to having too LITTLE acid, believe it or not. I started taking these supplements several months ago, and the reflux has completely stopped (plus my mental clarity has greatly improved).
Here's what Mary Shomon says about enzymes: <A HREF="http://thyroid.about.com/library/news/blenzymes.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://thyroid.about.com/library/news/blenzymes.htm</A>
It's really hard to find websites indicating a connection between Thyroid disease and GERD (Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease), but this one offers a potential explanation:
<B>Problems with esophageal peristalsis sometimes result from diabetes and thyroid disease. These conditions may also prevent the body from producing enough saliva. Saliva helps neutralize stomach acid, and when there isn't enough of it, one of the body's defense mechanisms against acid is diminished. Some medications used to treat high blood pressure, allergies, and spastic disorders of the digestive tract can also decrease the production of saliva.</B>
from: <A HREF="http://health-info.express-scripts.com/ESI/Site/ContentAreas/GeneralContent/GC_ContentDetails/0,3134,81!1090!!!1083!1911!!!!!!!1261,00 .html" TARGET=_blank>http://health-info.express-scripts.com/ESI/Site/ContentAreas/GeneralContent/GC_ContentDetails/0,3134,81!1090!!!1083!1911!!!!!!!1261,00 .html</A>
I wonder why there aren't more studies about this?