When I went to the doctor for bloating and inflammation, I was surprised to leave with the diagnosis I did.
For awhile, I actually thought that the doctors were wrong, and scheduled an appointment with a digestive specialist.
And while GERD can be accompanied by other conditions, and it is ALWAYS best to consult your doctor, you can truly heal your GERD by targeting one specific aspect of your body – your gut health.
What is GERD?
GERD is the term that stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, and happens when the acid from your stomach comes back through the esophagus and up to the mouth.
As you may have experienced, this is not a pleasant experience, and the acid can be dangerous to the throat – possibly even “burning” it with such low pH over an extended period of time.
What Causes GERD?
GERD happens and can be diagnosed after several times of experiencing acid reflux.
The esophagus, the tube lining from your mouth to your stomach, has an opening/closing mechanism known as the sphincter.
This is supposed to open when food passed through, and shut after it has passed to the stomach.
However, if this does not happen as planned, you can experience the acid from the stomach creeping back up the tube – hence, resulting in acid reflux.
You are more at risk if you are:
- A Smoker
- Overeating/Overconsuming Foods
- Susceptible to Digestive Issues
- An Unhealthy Eater
Symptoms of GERD?
You are likely to know if you are experiencing GERD based off the specificity of the side effects you will experience.
- Heartburn/Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Regurgitating swallowed food/liquids
- Feeling a “lump” in your throat
- Chronic coughing
- New or worsening asthma
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should consult with a medical professional in order to receive a proper diagnosis.
For more information regarding receiving a proper diagnosis and over the counter medications, be sure to check out this article HERE.
Natural + Home Remedies for GERD
If you experience GERD, or other digestive conditions, these are incredible remedies that personally transformed my life – allowing me to leave my acid reflux days in the past.
The easy, quick breakdown is below, and more dietary details are to follow.
Here’s the brief glance:
1. Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day
2. Chew, chew, and chew – the smaller the food going down, the easier to digest.
3. Focus your diet on healthy, anti inflammatory foods (more below)
4. Reduce inflammatory causing foods (more below)
5. Reduce/Eliminate carbonated beverages
6. Don’t push yourself too hard – focus on gentle, healing workouts.
7. Sleep with your head tilted to more of an incline, allowing gravity to help with digestion.
8. Check your medications with your doctor if you feel as they could be part of the problem.
Foods to Treat GERD:
Everything goes back to our gut health – especially since our gut regulates most all of our body’s functions.
- Most Chronic Illnesses/Disease
- Skin Health
- Mental Health
- Hormonal Regulations
& SO much more.
And since the gut consists of the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine – we must pay attention to our diets.
Foods that work to heal gut health follow an anti inflammatory diet.
These are foods specifically designed to heal the body from the inside out – they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, and do not trigger an unhealthy response from the digestive system (beginning with the smallest enzymes in our mouth!).
For the most comprehensive anti inflammatory guide, be sure to check HERE for all you need.
But what you will be focusing on consuming are gluten free whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy alternatives, healthy oils and fats, and lean meats.
Foods to AVOID with GERD:
Just like there are foods that heal your GERD, there are foods that will trigger your symptoms as well.
These foods are:
- Gluten + Dairy
- Carbonated and Caffeinated Drinks
- High Fatty (Saturated Fat) Based Meals
- Trigger Veggies (onions, garlic, tomatoes)
- Citrus Fruits
- Spicy Foods
- Processed Foods
You will be changing your diet to focus on wholesome, healthy ingredients that are designed for our bodies to recognize them (avoiding chemical based additives + processing).
Not only will your GERD symptoms likely plummet, but your overall health will skyrocket – so enjoy!! The benefits are incredible.
If you have read this and really relate to the symptoms and experiences, then I highly recommend consulting a doctor.
In the meantime, be sure to be careful for what foods you consume. As discussed above, there will be trigger foods that irritate and escalate your symptoms.
And if the talk of gut health sparked your interest, I would highly recommend checking out The Healthy Gut: Full Program! It might just be perfect for you!!