GERD Remedy – Natural GERD Remedies To Help Relieve Your Symptoms
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is the medical term used for chronic heartburn and although there are many medications available to treat it, there are also natural GERD remedies. These natural remedies have been used by thousands of people (including myself) who want to relieve our symptoms without prescription drugs. There are many natural options available and I have found, through my own personal experience, that some will work better for you than others.
The reason for this is because there can be many underlying factors contributing to what is causing you to experience chronic heartburn. For instance, some people may experience symptoms because they smoke, others because they consume alcohol or some may suffer because of a bad diet. So, the first step is to determine what is the underlying cause.
One of the biggest causes is diet. In fact, about 90 percent of sufferers find that their heartburn is caused by eating specific foods. Tomato based products, chocolate and foods that are spicy or fatty are the leading causes. Other factors that may contribute include overeating, eating to rapidly, stress, fried foods and lying down immediately after eating.
Also, it's important to remember to eat slowly and completely chew your food to a mush or liquid consistency before swallowing. When you eat too fast your stomach can become distracted, which would cause the food you consumed to be pushed against the top of the stomach. This can force open the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) causing the food and stomach acid to reflux back into the esophagus. The stomach acid can irritate the lining in the esophagus that causes heartburn.
Optional nutritional approaches to a GERD remedy.
According to several studies, it has been found that the best way to treat GERD / heartburn is almost always with more HCL (hydrochloric acid) not less. The common practice is to reduce the amount of stomach acid by treating it with an antacid, PPI or H2-receptor blocker. This, in fact, can actually make the condition worse because HCL is essential to proper digestion and sterilizes food before it enters the intestinal tract. By helping the stomach to properly digest food, HCL helps to prevent putrefaction that leads to gas production, reflux and heartburn.
Other GERD remedies can include taking supplements. Plant enzymes can be taken with meals in order to help break down proteins. A multi-strain probiotic, which contains 2 to 6 billion per capsule, can help with digestive problems. Take a multivitamin / mineral supplement daily along with antioxidant supplements to help keep the GI track healthy.
By following these suggestions, it is possible to find a GERD remedy that will work for you. It's not as simple as taking a pill but in the long run you will find that not only will your symptoms ever go away, but you will also not risk any side effects associated with medications.