Heartburn/GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a digestive disease that takes place when stomach acid leaks or flows back into esophagus. The leakage of acid irritates the esophagus and causes acid reflux and heartburn which are signs and symptoms of GERD.

Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest and it is common to happen to many people from time to time. However, when these symptoms happen more frequently in a way that interferes with daily activities, physicians categorize it as GERD. Managing heartburn is done with eating different food or taking over the counter medicine. But GERD treatments require stronger drugs and sometimes surgery to relieve the symptoms.

What Is the GERD Treatment?

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If you’ve been diagnosed with GERD, your doctor must have told you that medication alone can’t help you and that you have to make changes to your diet and to your lifestyle in general, if you want to live a normal life, free of symptoms. GERD treatments are mainly symptom-targeted, aiming to reduce the reflux amount and to protect the lining of the esophagus. Because the reflux materials are acid, they attack the esophagus lining, causing damage that can be quite severe. The cause of GERD is the weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter or LES. There’s not much to do to strengthen it, but one can take preventative measures for avoiding it becoming even weaker. This is why doctors recommend patients to avoid certain foods which can weaken the LES such as chocolate, coffee, alcohol or fats. Another category of foods that should be avoided is the one that irritates the damaged esophagus lining. This category includes citrus fruits, spicy foods, tomatoes and anything else that could intensify the burning sensation. Read more »

Understanding GERD and Acid Reflux

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GERD stands for Gastro-esophageal reflux disease or “acid reflux” and is a common condition when the acid produced in the stomach leaks out and seeps back into the esophagus or food pipe.

The esophagus is a muscular tube than runs from the mouth to the stomach. The seepage of the stomach’s acid into the esophagus leads to heartburn or burning chest pain or discomfort, a sour or bitter taste in the back of the mouth and in severe cases pain and difficulty swallowing. Read more »

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