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Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease: Is There A Real Solution?

May 1, 2008
The typical signs of gastro esophageal reflux disease include regurgitation and heartburn, but can also be seen as pains in the chest, dry coughing, reactive respiration difficulties, painful swallowing, indigestion and a sensation of something lodged in your throat. Gastro esophageal reflux disease, known in layman's terms as acid reflux or GERD, is a chronic, distressing and discomforting medical ailment negatively influencing one's quality of life. Over time, ignoring GERD can mean degeneration into serious complications like ulcers and Barrett's esophagus, as well as a cancer that starts off in glandular tissue, and that is called adenocarcinoma.

In research in 1997 as part of the Gastroenterology journal, Locke, Talley and Fett showed that acid reflux symptoms occur every week for up to 1 in 5 people. Further studies showed prevalence of 30% to 40% for the general public. This indicates that gastro esophageal reflux disease is a significant problem in developed western countries, especially in the US. About 3 out of 5 individuals have GERD symptoms once per month or even more.

Factors that contribute directly are: debilitation of the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) muscle where stomach juices then flow back from the digestive system to the esophagus bringing an excess of stomach acidity. Gastro esophageal reflux disease is a physiological conundrum with multifaceted etiology, meaning that it is the result of several factors, whether internal or external.

Substandard diet plans can stress out the digestive system, giving it too much work to do when the system is trying to digest properly to prevent excess acidity or back flow of contents. Aging also makes the problem more difficult as general aging of all muscles including the LES means that acid reflux is more and more difficult to control as a person gets older. Several underlying causes also engender acid reflux condition in addition to these other physiologically evident factors. Diet and lifestyle can have a direct or indirect impact and the same is true for genetic characteristics, which then show up as the context in which GERD develops. As an example, specific foodstuffs have been pointed out as affecting the LES and being direct contributors to acid reflux.

Solutions for Acid reflux fall into one of three kinds: surgical operation, remedies by medicaments and all natural holistic treatments.

To prevent refluxed stomach content from arriving in the esophagus, surgery is possible, but has significant minuses: after operation, complications may include difficulty in belching, diarrhea flatulence and dysphagia. Death can also result in 1 in 1,000 patients even though the mortality rate is relatively low. Surgery for GERD only targets local fixes of the malfunctioning LES. The operation consists of enveloping parts of the stomach (the gastric fundus) around the lower part of the esophagus so that the natural valve can be aided in its action between the esophagus and the stomach.

Sadly, many medicaments only address GERD symptoms, and the underlying causes are not fixed at all. The advantage of acid reflux medications is only short term and a long-term reliance is often the result while the real problems of gastro esophageal reflux disease go unheeded. GERD medications used for long durations also cause numerous side effects. Essentially, GERD Medications have been designed to bring only temporary relief by targeting the digestive system ailments that are related to acid reflux. For instance, antacids are sold to neutralize esophageal acidity, while Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) block the stomach cell's operations to generate acid in the stomach.

Solutions in holistic treatments however include; elevation of the head of the bed by six inches, reducing fat as a food, quitting smoking, quitting intake of alcohol, loss of weight, toxin elimination and destruction of parasites, as well as avoiding large meals or food that debilitates the LES. Many medical studies published during the recent decade have pointed to the use of several all natural holistic principles to positively influence gastro esophageal reflux disease and even lead to full health restoration.

Holistic treatments can bring amazing positive changes to your well being and quality of life. Did anyone tell you? There is an all-natural holistic solution to stop gastro esophageal reflux disease and effectively and safely keep GERD away from you.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . To Learn More About Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease Visit: Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease
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