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GASTRO ESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE (GERD) & YOUR WELLNESS

gastro problemGastro esophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES means a ring of smooth muscle fibers at the junction of the esophagus and stomach), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD.

Did you know – heartburn is not the only SYMPTOM OF GERD

Chronic heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. Acid regurgitation (refluxed material into the mouth) is another common symptom. But numerous less common symptoms other than heartburn may be associated with GERD. These may include:

  • Belching
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • Waterbrash (sudden excess of saliva)
  • Dysphagia (the sensation of food sticking in the esophagus)
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Laryngitis
  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Erosion of the enamel of the teeth
  • Chronic irritation in the throat
  • Hoarseness in the morning
  • A sour taste
  • Bad breath

Lifestyle changes to prevent GERD Conditions:gastro-esophageal-reflux-disease-gerd-250x250

Your doctor may suggest some lifestyle changes that can help control your GERD symptoms. These include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Limit alcohol.
  • Avoid eating 3 hours before lying down.
  • Raise the head of your bed.
  • Avoid foods that can make GERD symptoms worse (spicy foods, fatty foods, mint, chocolate, tomato-based foods, coffee, and citrus fruits).

Food That Fights Acid Reflux

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is just about the best breakfast and any-time-of-day snack. It’s filling and doesn’t cause reflux.

Ginger

In moderation, ginger is one of the best foods for acid reflux. It has been used throughout history as an anti-inflammatory and as a treatment for gastrointestinal conditions.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is famous as a natural healing agent and seems to treat acid reflux.

Salad

Salad is a primary meal for acid refluxers, although tomatoes and onions should be avoided, as well as cheese and high-fat dressings.

 

Banana

Bananas make a great snack, and at pH 5.6, they’re usually great for people with acid reflux.

 

Melon

Melon (pH 6.1) is good for acid reflux. However, as with bananas, a small percentage (1% to 2%) of those with acid reflux needs to avoid it.

Fennel

Fennel (pH 6.9) is a great food for acid reflux and actually seems to improve stomach function.

Chicken and turkey

Poultry is a staple of The Reflux Diet. It can be boiled, baked, grilled, or sautéed (but not fried!), and you must remove the skin, which is high in fat.

 Fish and Seafood

Seafood is another staple of The Reflux Diet. It should be baked, grilled, or sautéed, never fried.

Roots and greens

Cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and other greens are all great foods for the acid refluxer.

Celery

Celery has almost no calories because of its high water content, and is a good choice if you have acid reflux. It is also an appetite suppressant and excellent source of roughage.

Parsley

For thousands of years, parsley has been used as a medicinal herb to settle the stomach and aid digestion.

Couscous and rice

Couscous (semolina wheat), bulgur wheat, and rice (especially brown rice) are all outstanding foods for acid reflux.

There are certain herbs in Ayurveda which helps in Preventing & Curing all sorts of GERD conditions; they are present in the products of Herbalage:

Gasolax.

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Helps break down the complex foodstuff to simpler and smaller molecules to encourage good digestion and promote healthy gastro-intestinal tract functioning.

  • Addresses abdomen cramps, flatulence, indigestion, body pain and cramps due to gas.
  • Helps in hyper-acidity or GERD.
  • Regulate gallbladder and manage gallbladder stone.
  • Helps remove flutters and feel active 24×7.

 

 

 Triphlaid

Digestive Healthtriphlaid

Triphalaid combines classical Ayurvedic triphala and other complementing herbs to ignite detoxification, cleansing and eliminating the waste from colon.

  • Improves digestion, increase nutrition and strengthens digestive system.
  • Helps eliminate waste in routine.
  • Richest source of natural vitamin C, calcium and other micronutrients which helps attain good eyesight, soft, supple and thick skin, strengthen bones, reduce tri-glycerides and manage blood pressure.
  • Regular consumption slower downs the ageing process.

 

 

 

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Ranjana Mishra
Ranjana is a MSc. in Life Sciences (Bio-Chemistry) and is presently pursuing Phd. in Bio-Molecules. She is in the Products Research & Development Department in Herbalage and had got immense knowledge on Health & Diseases which she is sharing with us via her articles.
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