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Natural Ways To Avoid Gastric Reflux or GORD/GERD

Natural Ways To Avoid Gastric Reflux or GORD/GERD

Not many things feel worse than symptoms of acid reflux, sometimes known as heart burn. It’s unnerving dealing with the pain and burning constantly. If you suffer with acid reflux, you should know that you are not alone. This is a condition that affects many people througout the western world. Reflux goes under a new name these days as well, you may have heard the term GORD/GERD – this stands for Castro-Oesophegeal Reflux Disease. Fortunately, you can take steps to alleviate your symptoms.




Tips to Avoid GORD/GERD

  • Be sure to eat supper three hours before going to bed. This can help you to process your food and digest it better. If you lie down, acid can move into the esophagus. For this reason it is a good idea to wait at lease three hours before going to bed.
  • When you are at a healthy weight, it is less likely that you will suffer from GERD. Your sphincter muscle at the lower end of the esophagus loses its effectiveness with extra fat pressing on your stomach. By losing weight and trimming your midsection, your sphincter will tighten up as well, which will help to prevent acid reflux.
  • Fatty food should be avoided. Foods high in fat signal the lower esophageal sphincter to cease function for a bit, causing acids to go in the wrong direction. This will also expedite weight gain, which can cause acid reflux directly. Follow a healthy diet and lifestyle.
  • Place wedges underneath your mattress to elevate your body so that your acid remains in its rightful place. There are many things you can use to help the mattress alone sit an an angle. Also, there are beds that allow you to raise and lower the head of your bed.
  • Stress is a major contributor of acid reflux disease. When you are stressed, your body naturally produces more stomach acid. You should relax before and after having a meal. For example, you might indulge in yoga, reading or solving a crossword puzzle.
  • Acid reflux can be triggered with some foods. Foods such as chocolate, fried foods, alcoholic beverages and caffeinated beverages can trigger acid reflux. Certain acidic foods are really bad for you as far as acid reflux is concerned. Triggers vary by person, so you should learn from your own experience as to what does and doesn’t cause you problems. If you want to err on the side of caution, simply stay away from everything listed above.
  • Acid reflux symptoms can be aggravated by vigorous exercise after meals. Too much activity will cause your recently consumed food to move up to your esophagus. Therefore, wait at least an hour before engaging in high-impact exercises.
  • Try to eliminate stress caused by work, school or relationship issues. Acid forms in the stomach when you are under too much stress, causing both inflammation and heartburn. Learn to manage your stress, or get rid of the ones you can.
  • Always eat each meal slowly. Don’t gorge, take your time. Always sit down and spend half an hour to have your meal. Eating too fast or past the point of feeling full can worsen your acid reflux. One way to slow down is to lay down your fork after each bite.

Herbal Supplements That Aid Gastric Reflux

Look for supplements with the following herbs in their formulation to help you beat this condition.

  • Arctostaphylos uva ursi (Bearberry)
  • Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus, Milk vetch)
  • Calendula officinalis (Marigold)
  • Centella asiatica (Gota kola)
  • Curcuma longa (Tumeric)
  • Echinacea angustifolia (Purple cone flower)
  • Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet)
  • Geranium maculatum (Wild geranium, Cranesbill)
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice)
  • Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal)
  • Inula helenium (Elecampane)
  • Mentha piperita (Peppermint)
  • Petasites hybridus (Butterbur, Bladderdock, Bog Rhubarb)
  • Symphytum officinale (Comfrey)
  • Ulmus fulva (Slippery Elm, American elm)
  • Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry)

Acid reflux can be very painful and it’s something you don’t want to take lightly because it may lead or signify a more serious problem. The pain can be bad as it is, but symptoms can worsen if left untreated. If this is the case then you must seek out further professional advice.

Hope this helps you out, until next time, be well.

Craig Hitchens – MST & Holistic Naturopath




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The information contained in this article is accurate at the time of posting but may change thereafter. The information provided on the various natural health subjects from this website of  is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as any form of medical advice. The information in the article this disclaimer is linked from is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always check with your health professional before taking any products or following any advice that you believe may conflict with other forms of health care. Always consult your health care professional before you start, stop or change anything that has been previously prescribed. Certain herbs and holistic remedies are unsuitable to take if you are pregnant or nursing and must always be cleared by your health professional before use.

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