Smoking and reflux disease

Smoking and reflux disease

Cigarette smoking has been linked to an increase in symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux, such as heartburn and acid regurgitation. But what is the connection between smoking and reflux? It’s fair to say that there are several theories, so let’s look at some of the...
Probiotics and reflux disease

Probiotics and reflux disease

Probiotics are microorganisms which live naturally in our bodies. Often associated with various health benefits, they are frequently described as ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria. Probiotics are found in certain foods, such as yoghurt, kimchi,...
PEPSIN: 10 quick facts

PEPSIN: 10 quick facts

Peptest is an accurate, painless and inexpensive test that tells you conclusively if you have reflux. It measures the presence ‘pepsin’ in a sample of your saliva. But what is pepsin and why does its presence matter? Here’s our 10 at-a-glance facts. 1 Pepsin is an...
Peptest Day in Czech Republic

Peptest Day in Czech Republic

Imedex, Peptest’s exclusive distributor for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, has unveiled exciting plans to host its first ‘Peptest Day’ in April. The knowledge-sharing event will take place in Prague on 20 April with Professor Peter Dettmar heading over from the UK...
Sleep apnea and reflux disease

Sleep apnea and reflux disease

Sleep apnea (or apnoea) is a common condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing and occasionally leading to choking, snorting or gasping. According to UK charity The Sleep Apnoea Trust Association, almost 1.5...
Reflux and natural remedies: Melatonin

Reflux and natural remedies: Melatonin

Recent research has linked proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to a plethora of health problems, including increased risk of dementia, kidney disease, and heart attacks. This has led some reflux sufferers to look for natural alternatives to alleviate their symptoms, such as...
Reflux disease and Scleroderma

Reflux disease and Scleroderma

Scleroderma has been associated with increasing symptoms of reflux disease. Scleroderma is a rare disease caused by the immune system attacking the connective tissue around blood vessels and under the skin. Its name derives from the Greek words skleros, which means...