What Causes GERD?

Identification Weak muscles in the lower esophagus can trigger GERD–also known as acid reflux disease. Due to this weakness, food and other liquids in the stomach can easily escape the abdomen and travel up the esophagus into the throat.   Time Frame Some people have a habit of eating just before bedtime or taking naps immediately after eating. This can trigger gastroesophageal reflux disease. Remain upright for two to three hours following a meal.   Considerations Lack of physical activity and poor diet cause weight gain, and being overweight can bring on acid reflux disease or GERD. Symptoms generally improve upon losing excess pounds.   Prevention/Solution Food and drinks are known acid reflux triggers, and paying attention to your diet and symptoms can help identify your primary offenders–fried foods, red meats, tomato sauce, orange juice, alcohol and caffeine.    
By |January 28th, 2014|GERD|0 Comments

Good Foods to eat for GERD

Forty percent of Americans experience heartburn once a month, and 15 percent to 20 percent experience it at least once per week. When heartburn becomes a part of your everyday life, you may be experiencing gastroesophageal reflux disease. Also called GERD, this condition is the result of stomach acid escaping up into the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) keeps food in the stomach, but when the pressure of the LES is altered, it can open up and allow food back into the esophagus. By eating foods that maintain LES pressure, avoiding those that lower it and making simple lifestyle changes, you can keep your GERD under control. Up the Protein A diet that is high in protein will stimulate gastric secretion and increase LES pressure. This will keep gastric juices from making their way back up your esophagus. Be sure that your protein choices are low in fat, as high-fat meats will worsen GERD symptoms. Low-fat protein choices include baked or grilled chicken without the skin, fish, turkey, beans and legumes. Increase Fiber A diet high in fiber is associated with a decreased risk for Barrett’s esophagus, a result of chronic GERD. Total fiber, as well as fiber from fruits and vegetables, is associated with a lower risk and may be protective against the GERD symptoms. Aim to get between 20 and 35 grams of fiber per day from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes.
By |January 15th, 2014|GERD|0 Comments

New Technology Cures GERD without Surgery

Over 15 million Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. While many patients manage their condition by watching what they eat and popping over-the-counter medications, a new technology can help relieve the burn for good. Patients deal with a variety of symptoms including: Burning in the chest or throat A sour taste in the mouth Difficulty swallowing Dry cough or hoarseness Regurgitation of food When over-the-counter medications don’t work, some doctors suggest a new alternative therapy called Stretta. It’s a non-surgical, minimally invasive, endoscopically-based procedure where there is a treatment directed at the lower esophagus and the upper part of the stomach to try to reduce the reflux tendencies through various mechanisms. During the procedure, doctors place a catheter through the mouth and into the valve between the stomach and the esophagus. The technology delivers radio frequency energy to the muscles of the lower esophageal sphincter, remodeling the tissue. The Stretta procedure is a technique to reduce reflux tendencies in those people, (and is) associated with improved sense of comfort, sense of well-being, better function, less medications or no medications required in the future after the procedure is done. A recent study published in Gastroenterology Research and Practice examined the long-term efficacy of the Stretta procedure in GERD patients and found that it may be a more desirable treatment than either medication or surgery.
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GERD and Exercise

Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart, but it can make you feel miserable. In adults, it is identified by a burning sensation in the chest often accompanied by a sour taste in the mouth. It may come on after a big meal, while you are lying down, or even in the middle of a workout routine. It can last for only a few minutes or it may feel like it lasts all day. There are numerous over-the-counter and prescription medications that can help alleviate the symptoms. Lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, can help, too. Weight Loss Maintaining a healthy weight is one way to prevent heartburn, according to the Mayo Clinic. This is because excess weight can increase the pressure on your abdomen, which, in turn, puts pressure on your stomach. This added pressure forces stomach acids to back up into the esophagus, causing heartburn. A sensible combination of diet and exercise designed to help you lose 1 to 2 pounds per week can help to control heartburn-related discomfort. To effectively lose weight, you should include both aerobic and anaerobic exercises in your routine. Aerobic exercises, such as jogging or swimming, are great for burning calories and have the added bonus of benefiting your heart. Anaerobic exercises, such as weight lifting, helps build muscle and can burn fat. Exercise Tips Keep in mind that exercise can bring on heartburn, so it is important to exercise intelligently. Skip foods that are high in fat or protein if you know you will be exercising within the next couple of hours. Instead, consume foods that are higher in carbohydrates for preworkout meals and save the protein for afterward. Remember that exercising will put stress on your abdominal muscles, […]