Frequently Asked Questions

What Tests Can Diagnose GERD (Acid Reflux)?

Several tests can be used to diagnose GERD:

– The first is a barium esophagram, which is an X-ray used to evaluate the structure and function of the esophagus. This test is usually prompted when an individual has reported difficulty swallowing.

– Another test is an esophageal manometry test that is used to determine LES pressure and the strength and coordination of muscle contraction in the esophagus. Although this test doesn’t show reflux, it allows for the placement of a thin 24-hour pH catheter in the esophagus that demonstrates the reflux’s frequency and direction. This is the best test to diagnose GERD.

– Lastly, an upper endoscopy allows the physician to see if there is esophageal injury and to perform biopsies to determine whether further medical or surgical management is necessary.

In Terms Of Transparency, What Is The Quality Of The Ingredients?

Our physician formulated the supplement and it is specially manufactured in an FDA-registered facility to ensure the highest quality. GerdLi is made from the highest potency, specially sourced D-limonene.

How Many Soft Gel Capsules Are Recommended Daily?

We recommend you take one 500 mg soft gel capsule twice daily for a total of 1,000 mg. You should not take more than 4 capsules daily (2,000 mg total in 24 hours).

How Is GERD (Acid Reflux) Traditionally Treated?

GERD can be treated in several ways:

– The first approach is dietary and lifestyle modifications. For example, decreasing the intake of foods that increase gastric acidity or reduce the pressure at the muscle at the esophagus’s lower end. These foods and drinks affect esophageal peristalsis and can include coffee, alcohol, chocolate, mint, and acidic liquids. Fatty foods should also be avoided since they slow gastric emptying. Large meals increase gastric pressure and therefore increase reflux, and lying down after eating should be avoided to keep the food in the stomach from refluxing into the esophagus. Additionally, an individual with reflux should keep their head elevated at night to prevent the same type of reflux.

– Another way to treat GERD is to reduce or completely cease smoking. Smoking affects esophageal motor function, stimulates acid secretion, and delays gastric emptying, potentiating reflux. Air swallowed while smoking increases the need for belching, and therefore increases reflux.

– Weight reduction is also recommended for those patients who are markedly overweight to lessen the frequency of reflux.

– Drug therapy is also used in combination with lifestyle changes. Doctors will often prescribe acid-suppressing agents and drugs that enhance upper gastrointestinal motility.

– Surgery is another choice to manage GERD. This mode of treatment is used primarily if the patient is unwilling or unable to cope with the lifestyle changes necessary for reflux disease management. The most common procedure is a Nissen fundoplication.

What Are The Side Effects Or Reactions That Can Occure With Taking A D-Limonene Supplement?

The supplement is extremely safe, and there are no known side effects or reactions noted from a trial of participants who took the supplement over an extended period of time.

Are The Pills Small And Easy To Swallow?

The capsule is small and a 12 oval shape, which makes it easy to swallow.

What Can Make GERD (Acid Reflux) Symptoms Worse?

Stomach acid is usually neutralized and washed out of the esophagus by saliva. Individuals who have reflux do not produce saliva, which prolongs the period in which the esophagus is bathed in acid and increases the chances of developing a severe esophageal injury. Although most patients with GERD produce normal amounts of acid, those with excessive acid production are more likely to have an esophageal injury when reflux occurs. Occasionally, individuals with reflux have a disorder of gastric emptying, resulting in an increased chance of reflux. In most cases, the aforementioned complications increase the severity of reflux in patients who are already predisposed to this condition due to a weak anti-reflux barrier. Only rarely do they create pathologic reflux in an individual not otherwise predisposed to developing reflux.

Do Strong Prescription Medications For GERD Have Side Effects? Will GerdLi Help Me Stay Away From Prescriptions Or Get Off Them?

Yes to both questions. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as omeprazole or pantoprazole have many side effects. Serious reactions include low magnesium levels, clostridium difficicile colitis, blood dyscrasias, and liver impairment. Common reactions include headache, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, flatulence, and Vitamin B12 deficiency (from long-term use), and fundic gland polyps (from long-term use). Brand names for PPIs include Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, Protonix, and Dexilant.