Treating GERD

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 »

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