Is there really a GERD diet that can help acid reflux victims to get rid of those annoying symptoms? Recent studies reinforce the hypothesis that acid reflux patients, especially those with less pronounced symptoms, can make major improvements to their medical condition by relatively simple diet changes. Modifying food plans to cure acid reflux is given strong support by classical and alternative medical thinking.
The connection between eating and GERD treatment can be shown from the gastric/digestive pathophysiology of this medical ailment. In general, GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease) also called acid reflux, is a functional problem of the digestive system. Gastro esophageal reflux disease happens when the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) – a muscle acting as a valve to shut off the esophagus from the stomach – does not close correctly and acid content flows back from the stomach, or “refluxes”, into the esophagus.
Acid reflux symptoms can differ between different people. Heartburn is what most victims experience – the burning feeling in the chest and/or throat that occurs when stomach acid is refluxed to contact the esophageal lining. Patients mention other symptoms in addition, including glutition difficulties, chest pain, hoarseness, the impression of the throat begin blocked and dry coughing. Without being treated, acid reflux can engender significant medical difficulties, such as ulcers, Barrett’s esophagus and for some, cancer. This is why gastro esophageal reflux disease must be treated in a fully comprehensive and timely fashion.
Reducing weight and changing diet are both highly recommended for GERD sufferers as the preliminary step for dealing with this condition (and as part of a full holistic agenda).
Foods that contain certain bio-chemicals or that encourage their presence in the human body (high fat foods, mint, chocolate) should be dropped from a diet for acid reflux. These substances include a range of naturally occurring items which interfere with the correct working of the LES, such as dopamine, prostaglandins and acetylcholine. Nicotine, caffeine and alcohol also interfere in a similar fashion by forcing a reduction of pressure on the LES and so consumption should also be decreased. One of the main planks of a diet plan to deal with GERD is to avoid foods that have this debilitating effect on the LES muscle.
Other changes include the elevation of the head of the bed by 6 to 8 inches to decrease the exposure of the esophagus to acid. A further important principle of diet plans to manage acid reflux is to eat the last meal of the day at least three hours before going to bed, as food (above all dairy products) is a major factor in secretion of acid.
A lot of acid reflux victims comment on the degradation of their symptoms when they consume too much spicy foods or coffee. Meals containing a lot of spice will often irritate the esophageal mucosa.
Although a diet oriented towards GERD can give immediate alleviation, it should be remembered that a change in dietary patterns is not a solution in itself, especially in advanced cases of acid reflux. It is just a first, important step in a fully all-natural holistic program.
Has anyone told you? Your painful and distressing symptoms of gastro esophageal reflux disease can be eliminated forever without any conventional medicine or “over the counter” medication. The holistic approach (specific herbs and vitamin supplements while following a complete set of diet guidelines, eliminating toxins and using Candida control protocols) can cure GERD in a natural way and stop it from coming back, effectively and permanently.