• GERD

    GERD stands for Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease. It is simply a backflow of gastric acid and sometimes bile into your esophagus. It is also known as reflux or reflux esophagitis. Typically younger people do not suffer with GERD. You will find it more common in those age 40 and above.

    The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn, which usually occurs after meals. When your heartburn is very frequent or causes more severe reflux problems then is when it is medically labeled GERD. Occasional heartburn is simply that and would not be classified as GERD.

    Here are some other symptoms of GERD;

    1. Sour contents in your mouth
    2. Difficulty swallowing
    3. Pain in your chest
    4. Coughing
    5. Asthma
    6. Swollen vocal chords usually causing wheezing
    7. Sore Throat

    If this gastric acid reaches into your mouth it can cause destruction of your tooth enamel so it is something that you should take quite seriously and deal with it rather than ignoring it and expecting it to go away with no damage done to your body.

    In addition, if left untreated, GERD increases the chances of developing esophageal cancer so be very careful with this condition and address it promptly.

    What causes GERD?

    1. Obesity
    2. Pregnancy
    3. Abnormal relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter
    4. Weakened lower esophageal sphincter
    5. Hiatal hernias
    6. Eating very large meals
    7. Cigarette smoking
    8. Alcohol consumption
    9. Lying down too soon after a meal
    10. Certain medications
    11. Certain foods, especially spicy foods and fatty foods. Chocolate and caffeine are also known culprits as well as tomato sauce and carbonated drinks.
    12. Diabetes
    13. Peptic Ulcers

    What are some natural remedies to cure GERD or tips to prevent GERD?

    1. Apple Cider Vinegar – this seems to be the most popular natural remedy for GERD and although it sounds odd to use vinegar, a supposedly acidic liquid to counteract an acid problem, it is highly effective and actually alkalizes your body which is why it works for this condition. Any apple cider vinegar will do but your best choice if available would be pure organic apple cider vinegar such as the brand Braggs.

    2. Probiotics – these help to maintain a balance between the good and bad bacteria in your digestive system so if your are having acid reflux there is an imbalance and probiotics can help tremendously with this.

    3. Digestive Enzymes – our food supply these days lacks in the nutrients we used to derive from our diet so taking digestive enzymes can help with acid reflux issues as well.

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    6. Eat smaller meals

    7. Watch what you eat – avoid foods that you know bring on this condition

    8. Eat your last meal a few hours before bedtime

    9. Stop smoking

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    10. Reduce alcohol consumption

    11. Lose weight – if you are obese take steps to get yourself back to an acceptable weight

    Look below for additional resources to help you deal with GERD.

    Be sure to post a comment about what worked for you or if you know of any other natural remedies not listed here please feel free to share them here with others who are part of our community. Thanks for sharing.

    Take the time to find the help and the natural treatment you need, and you’ll be able to get on with your life and enjoy it to the fullest. You deserve to be happy and healthy and pain-free.

    To Your Optimal Health,
    Chris



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