Do you experience heartburn twice a week or more? If yes, then you most probably are suffering from GERD or Acid reflux.
It is a common condition which affects 10% of Americans.
GERD occurs when acid from the stomach seeps into the esophagus causing pain and damage to the tissue. There is no single cause to it but is common in smokers and people who are obese.
Heartburn is the most common symptom. It can also lead to a sour taste in the mouth and chest pain while lying down. Constant irritation of the esophageal lining can also cause a sore throat and cough.
Many a people suffering from GERD do not seek treatment as they think their symptoms are normal. However, we need to understand that it is a chronic condition and can have life long repercussions.
The goal for managing GERD is to keep stomach contents within the confines of the stomach. This can be done by changing eating habits and lifestyle changes.
Avoid large meals, you can have smaller and frequent meals instead.
Do not wear elastic waists, tight jeans, belts etc. These squeeze the stomach and increase the gastric pressure causing acid reflux.
Avoid lying down until the stomach is empty, which is usually 2-3 hours.
Natural products help in strengthening the esophageal sphincter muscles.
These herbal remedies may help to soothe the spasms and reduce regurgitation of stomach contents into the esophagus.
We all need to adopt a holistic approach in tackling GERD and that day would not be far when heartburn will be history for all of us.
Let us all share our experiences and help each other in conquering GERD.