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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) isn’t really a ‘disease’, but a functional disorder of the stomach and lower esophagus. GERD or heartburn can manifest as:
What is Happens?
When we eat,food passes into the stomach via the esophagus,where a ring of muscles called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) prevents food from backing up into the esophagus.When this doesn’t happen,foods and acid can back up, causing symptoms.Statistics show 1 in 10 Americans experience GERD or heartburn at least once a week.Triggers can be obesity,smoking,alcohol,pregnancy,certain foods,and some prescription medicines.
Standard Medical Treatments
Although weight loss and avoidance of trigger foods (spices,tomatoes,citrus,caffeine,etc) can be suggested,most conventional treatment revolves around drugs.These fall into 3 main categories:
With nearly $14 billion in sales,they rank as the 3rd highest selling drugs in the U.S.,with PPIs leading the way.However according to the SF Department of Public Health,up to 69% of these may not be necessary.
Serious Side Effects
These drugs come with side effects like constipation,hair loss,bad breath,diarrhea,depression, joint pain,opportunistic infections such as candida and clostridium difficile(1),as well as mineral deficiency and osteoporosis.In fact,a recent study found that people taking PPIs for 1 year or more increased their risk of hip fracture by 44% (2). However if untreated,issues can arise such a dental problems,ulcers and Barrett’s esophagus (precancerous tissue). Although knowing your triggers can be preventive, it’s important to know your REAL CAUSES.So what do you do?
What’s REALLY Going On? Restore Normal Gut Function
Drugs may be useful short-‐term.However all interfere with normal digestive function. Many physicians don’t realize the problem is NOT hydrochloric acid (HCL) excess, which we need to ionize and absorb minerals,disinfect pathogens and stimulate gallbladder/pancreatic enzyme release.The acids causing symptoms are metabolic waste acids due to food fermentation from a lack of sufficient HCL production. This can be proven with a Heidelberg Gastric Analyzer in a clinic.
Ultimately,we need to restore normal nerve signaling between the brain and stomach through the vagus nerve located in our brainstem.What causes the weak communication? Turns out that inflammation (from stress,poor diet,infections,smoking,weight gain,etc) dampen the area in the brain responsible for telling the stomach to secrete a normal amount of HCL (through the parietal cells). Guess what doesn’t happens with chronic,low HCL production? You get esophageal sphincter relaxation,and then
bingo, hello reflux!
The 5-Step GERD/Heartburn Fix
In addition,you may want to try these long-‐term lifestyle changes:
Lifestyle,dietary and nutritional changes have proven highly successful for reflux disorders in our practice at www.healthquestforme.com for many years.Please consult your licensed healthcare professional before starting any treatments.
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