Gastroesophageal reflux disease – GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is the medical name for the chronic digestive disorder that occurs when the stomach acid or bile flows back from the stomach up into the esophagus. The symptoms of GERD appear as a consequence of the irritation of esophagus by the acid. The main symptoms of this digestive disease are regurgitation and heartburn. These two symptoms are quite common and can appear in everyone, but if they appear more than two times a week, then the person is diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Solutions for gastroesophageal reflux disease – GERD
The people who suffer from this digestive disorder can opt for one of three solutions. They can undergo a surgery, take certain medicines or opt for a natural holistic treatment.
The people who choose to undergo a surgery to prevent the stomach content from flowing back into the food pipe should be informed about the negative sides of this procedure, since there are several adverse effects associated with it. As any other surgery, this one is not completely safe either, although the mortality rate when this surgery is in the question is very low. Furthermore, it may happen that the patient may have problems with belching and diarrhea, as well as with flatulence and dysphagia, after the surgery.
On the other side, the medicines that are prescribed for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease only relieve the symptoms of this digestive disease, but they do not treat the underlying cause. This means that these medicines only provide temporary relief and the symptoms may appear again once the medicines are not taken anymore. The most common medicines prescribed for this condition are antacids and so-called proton pump inhibitors, and while antacids neutralize esophageal acidity, proton pump inhibitors prevent he stomach’s cells to create acid in the stomach. As we see, these medicines do not treat the real underlying cause, which is responsible for the occurrence of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
It is considered that the best solution for the GERD is a holistic treatment that involves the whole body. In this treatment, the head should be elevated about six inches of the bed, alcohol and cigarettes should not be consumed and the foods rich in fats should be avoided. Furthermore, detoxification should be done, as well as the destruction of all parasites in the body. It is also recommended to eat several small meals a day instead of a few large meals. There are many studies that have proved the holistic approach in treating the GERD to be the best solution.