About 20% of the American population has some form of GERD1.
GERD is a serious form of gastroesophageal reflux in which the contents of your stomach flow back (or reflux) into your esophagus causing increased inflammation and damage.
It’s speculated that the dramatic increase in GERD rates is a result of the highly processed foods in the American Diet as well as other key risk factors.
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Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, is heartburn and acid reflux.
It occurs as the result of acid from the stomach passing back into the esophagus.
Normally, when you swallow food or drink there is a circular band of muscle at end of the esophagus (called lower esophageal sphincter) that relaxes to allow contents to transfer into the stomach. It should then close back up and not let anything back through.
With GERD, there is some degree of lower esophageal sphincter dysfunction. This sphincter can become weakened or too relaxed and, as a result, stomach acid can flow back up into the esophagus. This results in constant reflux and a state of inflammation.
Acid reflux can sometimes progress to GERD. GERD is the more severe form of reflux.
Eating the right kinds of foods, using natural supplements and changing lifestyle habits all help to prevent, treat and heal GERD.
It should be noted that GERD is not the result of too much stomach acid. Rather, it’s an issue with too much stomach acid in the wrong place (i.e. in the esophagus).
The best thing you can do is to taper off your proton pump inhibitor.
Supplements are the way to go and they will help you to heal the root cause of your GERD. Proton pump inhibitors only treat symptoms and cause a whole host of other issues.
The goal is to get to the root cause of GERD. Heal leaky gut with supplements, lower inflammation with supplements (try our Daily Defense as it’s great at controlling inflammation) and take melatonin to aid in repair of GERD.
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