How to Cure GERD Permanently?

What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?

GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is a common digestive disorder that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, causing irritation and discomfort. GERD can be caused by various factors, including certain foods, obesity, pregnancy, and a weakened LES.

A burning feeling in the chest, often after eating, Stomach contents coming back up into the throat, A sensation of food sticking in the throat, Persistent cough or wheezing may result from stomach acid irritating the lungs, etc. are some symptoms of GERD.

Some of the causes are Excess weight can increase pressure on the stomach, contributing to GERD, Hormonal changes during pregnancy and the pressure on the abdomen can cause GERD, Spicy, fatty, or acidic foods can trigger symptoms, Conditions that slow stomach emptying, like gastroparesis, can contribute, etc.

How to Cure GERD Permanently?

How to Cure GERD Permanently?

Curing GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease can be done by managing the symptoms with lifestyle changes and medical guidance.

  1. Healthy Eating Habits:
  • Avoid Trigger Foods: Stay away from spicy, fatty, and acidic foods that can trigger acid reflux.
  • Smaller Meals: Eat smaller, more frequent meals to prevent overloading your stomach.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight: If you’re overweight, shedding extra pounds can reduce pressure on your stomach and alleviate GERD symptoms.
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking weakens the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), making it easier for stomach acid to escape into the esophagus.
  • Quit Alcohol Intake as it can relax the LES and worsen GERD symptoms.
  • Wait at least two to three hours after eating before lying down or going to bed.
  • Some medications can reduce acid production and promote healing of the esophagus.

It’s important to consult with a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. They may recommend prescription medications, especially if lifestyle changes alone are not sufficient. Remember, what works for one person may not work for another, so it’s essential to approach the doctor.

Dr. Amit Agarwal
Director & Gastroenterologist Consultant
Agarwal Gastrocare Center Indore

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