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Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease: Is There A Solution?

Jul 11, 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, 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 published research in 1997 in the Gastroenterology journal, Locke, Talley and Fett showed that acid reflux symptoms happen weekly to up to 20% of people. Prevalence of 30% to 40% was shown for the general public by further research. This indicates that gastro esophageal reflux disease is a widespread scourge in developed western society, especially in the US. About 60% of individuals have GERD symptoms once per month or more.

Gastro esophageal reflux disease is a medical conundrum with complex etiology, meaning that it is brought on by several factors, both inner and outer. Direct contributing factors are: debilitation of the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) muscle which causes stomach juices to travel back from the digestive system to the esophagus with an excess of stomach acidity.

Substandard diet plans can put undue stress and workload on the digestive system, when the system is trying to operate properly to prevent surplus acidity or back flow of contents. Aging also worsens the problem as general relaxing of all muscles including the LES means that acid reflux is among the difficulties that are heightened, as a person gets older. Several hidden causes also provoke acid reflux condition in addition to these other more visible physiological factors. Diet and lifestyle have a direct or indirect influence, as do genetic characteristics, which then shape the context in which GERD develops. As an example, specific foodstuffs have been pinpointed as weakening the LES and being directly responsible for acid reflux.

Solutions for Acid reflux can be classified in three main ways: surgical operation, cures by medicaments and all natural holistic programs.

Surgery for GERD targets local repair of the malfunctioning LES. The operation consists of wrapping the gastric fundus (parts of the stomach) around the bottom of the esophagus so that the natural valve can be reinforced between the stomach and the esophagus. In this way refluxed content from the stomach is prevented from meeting the esophagus. Surgery for acid reflux has significant drawbacks: after operation, complications such as difficulty in belching, dysphagia, diarrhea and flatulence are all possible. Death can also follow in 1 in 1,000 patients even though the mortality rate is relatively low.

Medications of GERD have been designed to bring temporary relief by targeting the ailments of the digestive system that are related to acid reflux. For instance, antacids have been designed to neutralize esophageal acidity, while Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) inhibit the stomach cell mechanism that generated acid in the stomach. Regrettably, many medicaments only tackle GERD symptoms, and the underlying causes are simply ignored. The effect of acid reflux medications is only temporary and a long-term dependency is often created while the real reasons for gastro esophageal reflux disease go unchecked. GERD medications used for the long term also cause numerous secondary effects.

Many medical studies published over the last decade have pointed to the use of several all-natural holistic protocols to positively deal with gastro esophageal reflux disease and even allow for full restoration of health. Solutions in these programs include; elevation of the head of the bed by six inches, reducing the eating of fat, quitting smoking, stopping alcohol intake, weight loss, elimination of toxins and eradicating parasites, as well as avoiding eating large meals or food that weakens the LES.

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 an author of the best-selling e-book, "Heartburn No More- Open The Door To an Acid Reflux Free Life". To Learn More About His Unique 5-Step Holistic Acid Reflux Cure System Visit:
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