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Acid Reflux to GERD Progression – Best Ways To Manage and Control the Condition

 

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition in the digestive system when a weak GI (gastrointestinal) tract with low muscle tone can allow the liquid content of the stomach to regurgitate (reverse or reflux) into the esophagus. The liquid can inflame and damage the delicate thin lining of the esophagus leading to permanent damage.

Gravity, swallowing, and saliva are important protective mechanisms for the esophagus, but they are effective only when individuals are in the upright position and have good pharyngeal, gastro-intestinal and abdominal muscle tone. Muscles, including the smooth muscle of the GI tract, contract in response to nerve stimulation.

NOTE: GI muscle tone can only be normal with proper functioning of the Vagus nerve and the Parasympathetic branch of the Central Nervous System which have origins in the brain stem.

Misalignment of the hard neck bones [C1 and C2] surrounding the delicate brain stem can cause greater irritation to or lessening of stimulation of the central nervous system because of the stress and physical traction they inflict on the soft nerves.

Trauma (in particular mild concussive injury to the head, neck or upper back),  could increase the risk of GERD onset and/or formation of  lesions. Following trauma, GERD symptoms can take months or years to develop. Many patients recalled specific incidences of trauma (auto accidents, falls, concussions, whiplashes) that could have caused their upper cervical injuries while some did not. Some traumas had occurred more than 10 years prior to the onset of GERD symptoms.

 

Why to be ALERT?

Harmless heartburn leads to stomach acid that overtime can seriously damage the lining of the esophagus. After a while, this may result in bleeding or even the development of Barrett’s esophagus (formation of precancerous cells and then cancerous cells).

 

Beneficial FOODS

1. Vegetables

Vegetables are naturally low in fat and sugar, and they help reduce stomach acid. Good options include

  • green beans
  • broccoli
  • asparagus
  • cauliflower
  • leafy greens
  • potatoes
  • cucumbers

2. Ginger

Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s a natural treatment for heartburn and other gastrointestinal problems. You can add grated or sliced ginger root to recipes or smoothies or drink ginger tea to ease symptoms.

3. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a breakfast favorite, and an excellent source of fiber. Oatmeal can absorb acid in the stomach and reduce symptoms of reflux. 

4. Noncitrus fruits

Melons, bananas, apples, and pears, are less likely to trigger reflux symptoms than acidic fruits.

5. Lean meats

Chicken, turkey, fish, and seafood, are low-fat and reduce symptoms of acid reflux. Try them broiled, baked, or poached.

6. Egg whites

Stay away from egg yolks, because they are high in fat and may trigger reflux symptoms.

7. Healthy fats

Avocados, walnuts, flaxseed, olive oil, black cumin, sesame oil, and sunflower oil.

For optimal absorption,  sprout or at least soak all seeds & nuts in order to unlock digestive enzymes

NOTE: AB & B blood type should avoid sesame oil

8. Manuka Honey

This New Zealand honey is best option when dealing with digestive issues and/or need to cook with it

9. Apple Cider Vinegar  

 

What to AVOID

1) High FAT foods

  • fried foods
  • full-fat dairy products, such as butter, whole milk, regular cheese, and sour cream
  • fatty or fried cuts of meat
  • bacon fat, ham fat, and lard
  • desserts or snacks such as ice cream and potato chips
  • cream sauces, gravies, and creamy salad dressings
  • oily and greasy foods altogether

2) Tomatoes & Citrus fruits

  • oranges
  • grapefruit
  • lemons
  • limes
  • pineapple
  • tomatoes
  • tomato sauce or foods that use it, such as pizza and chili
  • salsa

3) Chocolate

4) Garlic, onions, and spicy foods

5) Caffeine

6) Mint

 

What can be done

  • Correct any Upper Cervical Misalignment
  • Eliminate Mint at no excuse
  • Incorporate oils in your daily routine ( ghee, black cumin, extra virgin olive oil)
  • Liver, gall bladder, kidney, colon, lymph cleanse/flush (enemas, oil/citrus/sulfur, castor oil compresses, MMS/DMSO baths)
  • Intermittent Fasting – with Caution (any short term variations) bananas and melons should be consumed while fasting!
  • Broth Fast
  • Eat proteins at the beginning of meals
  • Pair non-starchy veggies & proteins
  • Drink water alone (between meals)
  • Do not drink COLD water
  • Drink carrot juice, apple juice +cinnamon between meals
  • Drink Aloe Arborescens mixed with honey –  1 tbsp 2-4 times per day or fresh Aloe Barbadensis juice
  • Drink ginger tea (after a meal and before bed)
  • Do Oil pulling in the morning and before bed (Coconut oil in the am, Black cumin – pm)
  • Take digestive enzymes 
  • Hack /boost your own enzyme production with cold, heat, NIR, sound, chi activation, meditation etc.
  • Glucan (fermented foods or Beta Glucan)
  • Avoid alcohol – at least 1 year or until you boost your enzyme production
  • Stop smoking.
  • Remain upright for at least two hours after eating.
  • Don’t eat for 3-4 hours before bed.
  • Eat small frequent meals – chew SLOWLY, do not overeat
  • Elevate your head 4-6 inches to reduce reflux symptoms while sleeping.
  • Sleep on your left side
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