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Diet For Gerd Sufferers
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Small: small meals are best. Low fat helps because fat delays stomach emptying and increases acid production. Also try to stay away from caffeine products as they increase the production of stomach acid. Try not to eat within three hours of bedtime since laying down is not healthy for people with gerd- because it brings the acid and stomach contents in contact with the esophagus. ...Read more
Somewhat: Small portion meals that help prevent over-eating (i.e. "stuffed"), limiting alcohol intake, limiting caffeine, etc... May all help. But, currently as noted, there are good medications to alleviate the "heart burn" pain/discomfort of the acid refluxing back into your esophagus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Control, not cure : Gerd is when acid content of the stomach is allowed into the food pipe (esophagus). It is a defect in the function of the sphincter which should prevent this. In some people it is caused by a hiatus hernia. None of these problems can be fixed with a medication. If it is severe, surgery may be an option. Otherwise the symptoms are controlled with antacids, medications to decrease acid production. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it possible to have barretts and not gerd.And if so, do I have to follow the same diet a GERD patient would?
Yes: Although technically , barrett's should only occur in the setting of acid reflux , once you have barrett's, the lining accommodates so that you may not actually have reflux symptoms. It is still recommended to decrease acid exposure to the lower esophagus to theoretically decrease the chance of progression to esophageal cancer. This can be done with medications or going on an antireflux diet. ...Read more
I've heard long term PPI use is very bad. How can I control GERD without medicine? Are extreme diets the only option?
PPI use: Yes long-term use of these medications can lead to bad outcomes down the line. Have you had an evaluation with a gastroenterologist? Have you had an EGD? In certain conditions, the benefits of using these medications long-term can greatly outweigh the potential side effects. This is best determined on an individual basis. Also, there are certain dietary restrictions that can be extremely helpful to alleviate the symptoms although it can be difficult for most people to follow these restrictions ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A relative is vegan (2 years) and has had horrible GERD for the past 10 years. What sort of diet can he follow? What foods are good for him?
Diet helps but...: Gerd is a complex problem. Yes, a proper diet can help but will not cure; the underlying causes are usually related to a deficiency (not excess!) of hydrochloric acid and imbalance of intestinal flora. A diet low in simple/processed carbohydrates will help but the primary role of that diet is to improve the balance of flora. See http://bit.Ly/1b1avqs and follow the link to chris kresser's report. ...Read more
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