October 5, 2010

Treatments For Acid Reflux GERD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) happens your throat becomes irritated and inflamed from gastric acid rebounding up where it doesn’t belong.

Here are some factors that can contribute to acid reflux disease. By NOT doing these things you will effectively treat your GERD without drugs or surgery:

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes,
  • Obesity,
  • Poor posture
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Theophylline (Tedral, Hydrophed, Marax, Bronchial, Quibron)
  • Nitrates
  • Antihistamines
  • Fatty and fried foods
  • Milk chocolate
  • Garlic and onions
  • Drinks with caffeine
  • Acid forming foods (sweet fruits)
  • Spicy foods,
  • Mint flavorings
  • Eating large meals
  • Eating soon before bedtime
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Mixing fruit and protein
  • Gluten

Normally ,the Lower Esophageal Sphincter ?(LES) acts as a lid on your stomach only letting food and liquids down and keeping everything there.

The problem with Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is that for one of two main reasons the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) is allowing gastric acid to rise up ward into the throat, middle ear and sinus areas.

It shocked me to learn that more often than not acid reflux sufferer’s experience symptoms of Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) because their stomach acid isn’t strong enough, or there simply isn’t enough of it to digest the food down. This creates your classic acid reflux symptoms and makes it feels as if there is too much stomach acid, when in fact there is too little.

That’s another reason why antacids have been scientifically proven not to cure acid reflux diseases. In reality antacids trigger increased acid rebound events, literally ruining quality of life for millions of heartburn sufferers.

Rarely someone actually over produces stomach acid because of a bacterial infection, imbalance of stomach pH or from drug effects.

The acid reflux diseases come from not addressing the real cause of the acid indigestion in the first place.

First you need to restore proper nutrients, friendly flora and essential mineral balance. Nothing upsets all of these factors quicker than antacid drugs, not to mention drugs in general.

This lack of digestive acid also explains why hiatal hernia is also linked to acid reflux disease. When food piles up undigested in your gut, it ferments with bad bacteria and other harmful micro-organisms. After a while the bulk of the food piles up further pushing pressure against not only your Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), but you diaphragm muscles as well.

Eventually when you bend over and the food in your gut has nowhere to go, you tighten up and literally push your upper stomach and esophagus above your diaphragm.

So you should be able to imagine, as the little stomach acid you have left is dumped on top of this fermenting pile of food stuff, and that it has only one place to go . . . upwards.

This erodes the esophagus causing a complicated case of Gastro-Esophageal-Reflux Disease (GERD) and a hiatal hernia.

Your risk of surgery and throat cancer just went up again.

All this can be prevented, naturally treated and even reversed- but you must address the root cause, NOT just hide the symptoms with drug products that make things worse.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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