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GERD Risk Factors That Must Be Considered And Dealt With

Jul 3, 2008
Discover in this article what risks may lie in wait for you with this illness :

The common factor in GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is the weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter muscle. The other common symptom linked with GERD is heartburn. Many further different factors may be involved. These include being asthmatic, overweight, diabetic, pregnant, tardy emptying of stomach contents, connective tissue disorders and hiatus hernias.

Here are some other factors that contribute to the dangers:

Contributing danger factors for GERD include hernias that may be hiatal or diaphragmatic in nature, where part of the stomach distends beyond natural limits to move into the lowest chest. When this protrusion is big enough to affect the lower esophageal sphincter muscle, GERD can happen. Stomach contents with gastric juices then find their way back into the esophagus, and the result is severe heartburn.

As another consequence due to overweight, pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter causes it to malfunction and lets gastric acids reflux back to the esophagus, which engenders heartburn. GERD can therefore also come from being overweight. To avoid GERD, reduce any excess weight. Excess weight strains the stomach and the diaphragm that is in between the stomach and the abdomen.

Risk factors that come from lifestyle and diet habits:

Risk of GERD will also come from abuses of smoking, drinking or eating. A negative impact will also be engendered by a sub-optimal lifestyle and diet habits.

Experience also indicates that asthmatic respiratory and coughing problems increase the risk of GERD by boosting the pressure on the stomach. Asthma is also contributes indirectly because the medicaments that are used by doctors to enlarge the air intake also have a laxative effect on the lower esophageal sphincter muscle. This then leads to the back flow of gastric matter up to the esophageal cavity.

The danger grows greater still when pregnancy is a factor, as this boosts the production of progesterone, a hormone with laxative effect on several muscles, including that of the lower esophageal sphincter. The stomach is also under increased pressure during pregnancy. There may be considerably more danger of GERD for pregnant women therefore.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter with GERD:

This is where holistic solutions bring much better results, because they tackle the fundamental causes and truly allow GERD to be reversed or even eradicated. Although treatments exist for GERD using classical medicaments, the holistic remedies alone bring lasting results. Conventional drugs unfortunately only treat external manifestations of the disease, and do not resolve the fundamental underlying reasons.

Taking a holistic attitude is therefore crucial in order to treat all aspects involved. GERD is a complex phenomenon and the causes are also numerous, including genetically inherited characteristics, diet habits, lifestyle and even candida infections. This is why the holistic cures are so much more effective for eliminating GERD.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . For Further Information: Acid Reflux
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