We’ve all experienced that feeling.
You know, the one that starts in the pit of your stomach… and BURNS its way up into your throat.
It could happen right after a meal – or it could haunt you HOURS later.
And if you’ve had acid reflux – a.k.a. “heartburn” – yourself, you know how it can get WORSE at night.
Your doc will bring out the “big guns” — chemical-laden drugs like PPIs and H2-receptor antagonists.
Once you START one of those meds, it’s nearly impossible to STOP taking it.
But there’s good news… because that’s NOT your only option!
One survey showed that as much as 85% of patients with GI issues are turning to drug alternatives.
The one drawback to that is that if you choose to join those folks… your conventional doc might BLOW YOU OFF.
But you’re not on your own.
Integrative docs know the score when it comes to beating back reflux naturally… and KEEPING YOU OFF dangerous drugs.
Here’s one SURPRISING reflux remedy – one that might kill two birds with one stone!
A dark horse among acid blockers
You might feel like your reflux will BURN A HOLE through your throat…
And that you’ll NEVER get a full, restful night of sleep again…
But that’s NOTHING compared to what acid-blocking drugs could do to you.
They could RAVAGE your lungs and bones… SADDLE you with a C. diff infection (a.k.a. “deadly diarrhea”)… or even put you in the crosshairs for CANCER!
And that’s just for starters.
Fortunately, you don’t have to lose any more sleep over trying to manage your stomach acid.
Because there’s an unexpected and underappreciated way to beat back reflux – one that could help you finally REST at night, without interruption.
I know, it may sound a little weird – but melatonin does more than tell your body when it’s bedtime.
And it doesn’t just “knock you out” so that you sleep through your reflux.
This “sleep hormone” actually works on both your sleep-wake cycles… AND your digestive system!
Now, if you know a little bit about how melatonin could help you fall and stay asleep, you might think that there’s only one part of your body that makes it.
In addition to your pineal gland – a part of your endocrine system that’s buried deep inside your brain – melatonin is ALSO secreted by your gut.
In fact, researchers have found at least 400X as much melatonin in the GI tract as in the pineal gland.
Specifically, it’s your endocrine cells in your gut lining, a.k.a. enterochromaffin cells, that produce it.
And you may be surprised to hear that those are the SAME cells that regulate your gastric acid.
So, it should come as no surprise that melatonin has been shown to BALANCE the production of digestive juices, including hydrochloric acid and pepsin.
It’s also a powerful antioxidant, so it can SOOTHE an excessively acidic digestive tract.
It’s even been shown to HEAL gastric ulcers… and even GROW new, healthy cells in your gut lining!
And the icing on the cake is that melatonin can also help keep any excess acid from coming up into your throat by STRENGTHENING the barrier in your esophagus.
The esophageal barrier is what acts like a “trap door” that keeps the contents of your stomach DOWN where they belong.
And impaired barrier function is a MAJOR culprit behind gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD, for short).
If you’ve been diagnosed with GERD yourself, your body might not be producing enough melatonin on its own.
Now, you’ll want to first RULE OUT any structural damage or malfunction that may be causing your reflux (including your esophageal barrier)…
But don’t stop there.
Be sure to ELIMINATE anything that could be sending your stomach into TURMOIL – including foods you might be sensitive or allergic to.
Some drugs could contribute to your reflux… and quitting them could RESOLVE your issues.
But in the meantime, there’s practically ZERO downside to supplementing your melatonin supply.
Based on research, you can safely take 3-6 mg once daily, before bedtime.
In one study, 100% of participants with GERD who took melatonin saw their symptoms completely ERASED within 40 days.