25 February 2010
diet, can develop into what is called Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease or GERD,
as it is often called by the medical community. Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease is defined
as the product of abnormal reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus thus, creating
mucosal damage, likewise known as the chronic gerd disease. This gerd disease is caused by
the acid reflux. A few of the symptoms of gerd are heartburn, chest pain. throat pain,
indigestion, and a soar throat.
This condition usually attacks overweight adults, and adults that are over forty years of age.
While infants and young children can appear to be affected by acid reflux, it is usually for
different reasons. In adults it is normally spurred by poor diet, over eating and
eating certain foods, if not pregnancy. If you are having gerd attacks at night, it
is usually brough on by lying down right after eating a heavy. A large number of people suffer from
acid reflux at one time or another.
Heartburn symptoms is another name that refers to acid reflux. Heartburn, the major symptom of
acid reflux in the esophagus, is described to cause a burning sensation at the back of the
The gerd symptoms may also include coughing, voice transformation, hoarseness, constant ear ache,
or sinusitis. The complications brought upon by acid reflux may lead to esophageal ulcers, or
worse, it can lead to esophageal cancer.
However, constant heartburn sensations does not necessarily mean that the condition has been
elevated to gerd. The risk occurs when the body is receiving heartburn attacks more often than once
a week, usually whenever the patient eats a large heavy, fatty meal. This repeated condition could
possibly lead to developing gerd disease.
The usual symptoms of gerd is the increased burning in the sternum area that is actually the
burning of the esophogus from the excess acidity or gastric acid production in the stomach. This
gastric acid travels up to the esophogus repeatedly burning it. The esophogus is not protect
by a ling like the stomach has. Diet, obesity, and pregnancy are all causes of acid
If the acid reflux is not gotten under control by diet, and becomes chronic,
it is the leading cause of gerd. Yeast infections are another underlying
symptom that are a warning sign the acid reflux condition is getting worse and developing
into gerd. Acid reflux, yeast infections and gerd are all sypmtoms of a break down of
the immune system because of a poor unhealthy diet.
Another explanation is that the valve, the hollow organ with a flap, or the lower esophageal
sphincter (LES) that insures the one-way course of fluid through the organ, once emptied
triggers acidity in the intestines. If the valve fails to open, the contents of the stomach
will back up into the esophagus, and then irritation occurs. Occuring occassionally it is
called heartburn or indigestion.
When it occurs repeatedly it can develope into acid reflux. If the acid
reflux is not brought under control through proper diet, it can develop into gerds. If the
gerd is not healed it can then get so bad that surgery may becomes necessary. There is also
the possibliity of it advancing to cancer.
Meanwhile, there are several treatments for GERD today, one of which is changing
to balanced and healthy eating habits. If the person suffering with this condition chooses not
to change their eating habits to a more nutritious diet, medical doctors will prescribe medication,
or surgery. Below is a list of the most common Acid Reflux treatments:
• Proper Diet: The natural acid reflux cure is through diet change and by learning new eating habits. A good
number of people affected by gerd disease have found success in following this method.
Avoiding the foods, and food ingredients, that intensify the acid reflux condition will of course
lessen the heartburn symptoms, but is not the acid reflux cure. It is only the beginning of the
diet changes necessary to cure acid reflux symptoms.
Removing unhealthy, fatty, fast foods is one of the first steps to a healthier diet. Replacing
white bread, white rice, processed cheese, soda and all over-processed foods with whole grains,
brown rice, yogurt, real cheese, fresh fruits, vegetables and vegetable proteins is the next
• Avoid Going to Bed on a Full Stomach: Avoid eating two hours before sleeping;
likewise, avoid lying down after eating a meal. These are the regular suggested changes in
• Elevate the Head: Another easy way to treat GERD is to elevate the head of the
bed. In pharmacologic therapy, the combination of prevention of food two hours before sleeping
and the rise of the head of the bed, there is a great chance for a patient to gain a 95 percent
temporary heartburn relief. The rise of the head of the bed is suggested to range for only 6 to 8
inches or 20 cm. Using this method the backflow of gastric fluids will be hampered by the
• Drug Treatment: Drugs temporarily reduce the
secretion of the gastric acid. Famotidine and omeprazole are presribed to lessen the secretion of
gastric acid and taking antacid's counteract the acid. Keep in mind that they only give temporary
relief and are not an acid reflux cure or a gerd cure. Another warning against drug therapy are the
side effects of ingesting the drugs on a regular basis. Other drugs prescribed may be a combination
of analgestics, pain killers, anti-inflamatory drugs and drugs that affect the brain
• Surgical treatment: The Nissen fundoplication is the
standard surgical treatment for gerd. The medication process will only cover a short period
of time. The function of this is to support the sphincter, a spherical bond of muscles that
opens and closes to let the food or waste to pass, as well as stop the Gastro Esophageal
Reflux Disease, and of course restore the hiatal hernia. It can also include repair to the
stomach if severly damaged and repairing the larnyx and esopphogus if damaged. A successful
surgery can be hendered by the patients refusal to change eating habits into a more healthful