The Basics of GERD

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is one of the most commonly experienced digestive disorders.

GERD is a very prevalent condition and most commonly called acid reflux disease. It affects millions of people around the planet every day and is capable of generating various, more serious conditions.

Acid reflux is like heartburn on steroids. Slow-burning waves of bile-based heat rise from your stomach up to your chest and into your neck. Your throat burns so badly sometimes that your eyes water; you belch constantly and can’t even get to sleep at nights.

You will find that GERD-related heartburn attacks most readily:

  • After large meals;
  • When lifting objects;
  • When bent over;
  • When in bed, especially when lying on your back;

In fact, almost 75% of those who suffer with GERD experience their symptoms predominantly at night. Night-time GERD sufferers also deal with pains that are more severe than their daytime suffering counterparts. Some afflicted with GERD report pains that rival the severity of congestive heart failure, angina and more. But many times, what people perceive to be heartburn is really not so at all. Other common digestive orders include:

Dyspepsia

  • Causes discomfort and outright pain in upper abdomen or regions;
  • Makes the stomach feel full when it’s not;
  • Sometimes causes nausea after meals;
  • Affects up to 50% of GERD sufferers;

Barrett’s

  • Induces precancerous reformations in an around the esophagus;
  • Is especially prevalent amongst the elderly;
  • Commonly triggers few if any symptoms;

Regurgitating

  • Feels like acid is backed up in your throat;
  • Backs up into the mouth many times;
  • Belching up fluids and forceful vomiting are also experienced;

Acid Laryngitis

  • Causes a “lump” in your throat;
  • Causes a dry cough and a hoarse voice;
  • Requires repetitive throat clearing;

Dysphagia

  • Causes swallowing to be difficult;
  • Commonly caused by a short-term spasm that narrows the esophagus;
  • May cause choking;
  • May cause severe chest pains;
  • Can indicate advanced esophageal damage;

Persistent Hiccups

Chronic Nausea and/or Vomiting

If you experience upset stomach, nausea, vomiting or other related symptoms for weeks, and cannot determine the reason, then you may be suffering from acid reflux disease.

Of course, these symptoms can also be caused by peptic ulcers, cancers of the stomach, stomach and intestinal obstructions, pancreas disorders and improper functioning of the gallbladder to name a few possibilities. Since the symptoms are so similar among these varying conditions, it is sometimes difficult to isolate their exact causes.

You should consult with your physician first. Regardless of his or her findings, your options for treatment for these common digestive disorders will include:

  • Medications;
  • Dietary changes;
  • Increases in water intake;
  • Increases and physical activity levels;
  • Other modifications of behavior including your sleeping positions;

It is very notable that common digestive disorders including acid reflux, heartburn, nausea and more are all very often attributable to the foods that we choose to ingest. A vast assortment of nutritionally-void foods are readily available in today’s production-driven societies. Further, the stress levels that we live with are ridiculous.

Digestion is a taxing process for the human body by nature. Poor foods and chronic stress added into the equation will directly affect your body’s abilities to efficiently complete the already-difficult processes of digestion.

To keep it simple, you just need to eat healthful, water-rich foods; exercise some every day, learn to intentionally relax and increase your daily intake of cool, crisp water. These actions alone will prove to defeat common digestive disorders in the majority of sufferers.

 

If you modify the above and still are experiencing the symptoms of digestive disorders, then you are likely dealing with a more serious disease, syndrome or condition. If this is the case, medical intervention is necessary.

 

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