GERD or Acid Reflux is becoming a common health issue among the Teens and Twenties these days. When I was young, I very rarely used to complain of heart burn of mild tummy ache.
All my mom would do was to get a concentrated concoction of ajwain prepared and give it three times a day.
Swish! Would go off my pain!
However these days – heartburn, acid reflux and GERD seem to be the major problem one seems to face.
GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease which is a result of acid reflux.
Under normal circumstances, the food travels from mouth to stomach and not the other way.
However in people with GERD, the acid in the stomach is travels up the oesophagus and irritates the oesophagus walls causing pain.
Medical Treatment for GERD
There are various treatment options for GERD.
Every physician opts first to Lifestyle and Diet changes.
There are numerous claims that simple lifestyle and diet changes have shown significant improvements in GERD patients.
If this does not work then the patients might be prescribed medications for acid reflux or for some rare cases even surgery.
It depends on the severity of GERD.
Medicines like Antacids, Acid Reduction medicines, Medicines to strengthen the Sphincter muscle are given to get relief from GERD symptoms.
If medications fail, then surgery is opted. Surgery to strengthen the muscles of Sphincter, Barrier Creation and Scar tissue formation is done to stop the reverse movement of stomach acid.
As medicines are only the last resort to GERD, it is better to deal with GERD naturally.
4 Tips To Overcome GERD Naturally
Change in Diet
Acid reflux is usually caused by the type of food one eats and the amount of food intake. Less food in the stomach means less acid reflux. Scheduling the dinner four hours before bed time is recommended. GERD patients should modify their diet to manage the problem. Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts of GERD Diet.
Raw Foods contain enzymes that fight GERD symptoms. But these enzymes die when the food is cooked. Hence, it is advised to increase the intake of raw fruits and vegetables.
Real Apple Cider Vinegar
It calms down the stomach and makes digestion easier. Taking a spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water gives quick relief for acid reflex problems.
As Aloe Vera calms down any kind of burning sensation, it provides relief from the burning sensation in the oesophagus.
Baking soda is an antacid and helps in stopping acid reflux. It can be taken by adding it to a glass of water.
- Adding food rich in fibre and protein to the diet helps in fighting GERD.
- Avoid acidic fruits like tomatoes and lemon.
- Avoid intake of orange juice, cranberry juice and lemonade as they would cause reflex.
- French Fries, Mashed potatoes and onions cause GERD.
- Stop drinking Wine, coffee, liqueurs and tea.
- Anything that is oily, creamy and buttery will aggravate GERD.
Intake of Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps inn protecting the oesophagus from being destroyed by the stomach acid. Spend more time in the sun and take Vitamin D supplements.
Organs function effectively when there is more oxygen supply in the body. This can be achieved only by exercising. When the body is kept active and fit, it is easier to eliminate GERD.
Smoking is one of the main factors for getting acid reflux. Quit smoking and feel a big positive difference in GERD symptoms.
Want to have a peaceful sleep? There is an amazing device, the Acid Reflux pillow that helps in slanting the body upwards and raises the head above the chest level. The pillow helps to keep the acid reflux towards the intestine instead of throat. Try all the above natural methods and see a god change.