Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD as it is sometimes known is a painful problem for all of those that suffer from it. Medicated treatments can be prescribed by the doctor but sometimes a natural cure for GERD should be called upon as these medicated or synthetic treatments are only meant to be used for a short period of time and long term usage is not recommended.
Aside from this, prescription drugs can carry with them the risks of unwanted and adverse side effects or have a negative effect on other medication that you may be taking.
When thinking of a natural cure for GERD, you will notice that there are a lot of wives tales and reported things that you can adapt into your diet and lifestyle and while some of them may work, a few of them do not, so working out the best one can be a problem.
There are three main things that you should try to do to treat your GERD in a natural manner and these are as follows:
1. If you know that eating a certain food product will give you heartburn or increase the GERD symptoms, do not eat it. If your favourite food is cheese flavoured potato chips and they make the symptoms of GERD more painful.
This is a lot to do with common sense yet so many people do not recognise this. Noticing which foods have the worse effects can ensure that by avoiding them, the risks of GERD are lessened as are the symptoms that follow them.
2. If you are already feeling the symptoms of GERD a natural cure for GERD that you can call upon is chamomile. This can be in the form of tea which is cheap to buy and easy to make and by drinking this, it can massively reduce the pain that you may be feeling.
Peppermint is another great one and by having a packet of mints on you at all times, you can pop one in your mouth whenever you are feeling the symptoms and this help to eliminate them or at least reduce them.
3. Never go to bed within a couple of hours of eating and if you notice that you tend to get GERD symptoms when you go to bed, try and raise your head by a few inches. This could be in the manner of setting another pillow on top of the ones that you already have and although this may be uncomfortable at first, you will soon get used to it especially when you realise the properties this simple and natural cure for GERD can have on the symptoms.
Even better than this is to raise your upper body by about six inches as well as the head and the gravity will help to keep the acid down rather than moving up.
Finding a natural cure for GERD and the symptoms it brings does not need to be a difficult process and as long as you are willing to make a few small changes you can ensure that the symptoms are reduced and the pain lessened.
By Alvin Hopkinson
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