People suffering from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), otherwise known as acid reflux hope for a quick fix by taking TUMS, rolaids or peptobismol. They continue to make poor lifestyle choice, and then look for a band-aid solution. These medications are a quick fix, but they don’t address the root cause of GERD. The first step to relieving GERD pain, is making the tough lifestyle changes. Weight loss is necessary, and increased intra-abdominal pressure increases reflux. The next step is to cut down on foods and drinks that worsen stomach acid production which can further help with decreasing the symptoms long-term. Start by cutting down on soda, coffee, an and alcohol. Decreasing intake is still better than quitting altogether is this seems too difficult. A great alternative is to start drinking alkaline water that has a pH higher than 8.8. Another important lifestyle modification is to have smaller meals throughout the day rather than 3 large meals, especially at night.

 

Once one has made this important lifestyle modifications they may soon begin to notice improvement in their symptoms. The next step would be to add a natural anti-reflux therapy in the step-up approach. This is best done with GerdLi. By taking GerdLi twice a day in addition to making the appropriate lifestyle changes, one will notice further improvement in their GERD pain.

 

The final step if symptoms persist, would be to start prescription medications such as proton pump inhibitors or H2 blockers, after one has consulted their physician or provider. A prescription strength medication may be needed in the case of anatomical defect ie. hiatal hernia or a history of severe GERD leading to complications such as esophagitis.

 

Long-term relief of GERD pain requires lifestyle modifications to address the root cause problems. Then one must add a natural anti-reflux therapy for long-lasting results. Relieving symptoms of GERD requires a multi-faceted approach.

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Dr. Minhas, M.D.

Board-certified internal medicine (ABIM)