Last week we talked about GERD and an alternative way to manage it. In case you missed it, you can check it out here.
Heartburn can occur after having a large meal, binge drinking, or eating greasy food. That burning sensation you feel around your chest happens because of the rising up of the acidic stomach content to your esophagus.
While occasional heartburn and acid reflux is common, its frequent occurrence is not. This might be a symptom of GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is a chronic disease due to the malfunctioning of the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach. Simply put, when it’s chronic, it’s because the cells are no longer working properly and they need help restoring proper function!
To ease occasional acid reflux, you can try doing the following alternative ways without using medications (always check with your doctor first):
1. Eat smaller meals and go easy on the carbohydrates
Poorly digested food, especially carbohydrates which are quick to ferment, cause bacterial overgrowth in the stomach and upper part of your small intestine and increase the pressure inside (gas), forcing the stomach content to go up the esophagus.
So you can limit your symptoms by not overeating, taking your time when you do eat, chew really thoroughly, and focus on eating healthy, unprocessed foods such as meat, fish, eggs, non-starchy vegetables, nuts and seeds, and fats and oils.
2. Limit beverages including alcohol, coffee, citrus juice, and carbonated drinks
These beverages worsen acid reflux symptoms because they change the stomach pH more readily, weaken the lower esophageal sphincter, increase belching, or irritate the lining of the esophagus.
3. Chew gum that contains bicarbonate
Chewing gum increases saliva production and the bicarbonate content helps to clear the acid from the esophagus.
4. Try CBD Oil
CBD oil can actually treat many health issues as I discussed in previous newsletters. Due to the presence of cannabinoid receptors in all parts of the body, including the gastrointestinal tract, CBD oil is an effective alternative to manage many illnesses including acid reflux.
CBD oil is effective for acid reflux because when it interacts with the endocannabinoid system, it results in the following:It lessens the secretion of gastric acid (so best not to do this at mealtimes unless you have confirmed with your doctor that you have an excess of stomach acid).It reduces inflammatory responses, so it mitigates the inflammation and damage along the esophagus.It decreases the sensation of pain.It soothes and calms down peristalsis.
I hope you find these methods and relieve occasional acid reflux symptoms. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me and let me know what you find helpful!
For more chronic situations of GERD, you need to get to the root cause or it can become quite serious. What you eat and how you eat it matters–choose nutritious, unprocessed foods whenever possible and sit down and chew your food rather than rushing and eating on the go. Look into diagnostic testing such as getting an endoscopy (inside look at your stomach and esophagus; or reach out to a functional practitioner such as myself for a full look at the functioning of your gut, inside peek at gut bacteria imbalance, opportunistic infections, and more. I’m not a doctor and I’m not pretending to be! I don’t diagnose my clients, but rather I help them to identify where function has been lost and then guide them with diet and lifestyle practices so that their body can restore proper function.
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