GERD - Medication or Lifestyle Change? Your Choice!

by Jill Seimer - Date: 2006-12-26 - Word Count: 394 Share This!

Once your doctor has diagnosed you with acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease you will start taking medication immediately. However, if daily medication is something you cannot stand then there are some alternative remedies that can help, but not replace your medications altogether. Of course, there is no guarantee that these alternatives will help.

The first option is seeing a chiropractor. Note, there is absolutely no evidence to prove chiropractic manipulation will do anything to aid your acid reflux and most doctors will definitely not recommend it. However, some sufferers have claimed that chiropractic intervention greatly aids their symptoms. It is worth a try to see if it is actually beneficial to you.

The second option is called root therapy. Alternative medicinal specialists use a wide variety of known and little known herbs and roots for many conditions. Indigestion and acid reflux has shown to be affected by ginger. Some specialists claim that eating ginger with meals can help result in fewer indigestion and acid reflux episodes. They recommend about 500mg per meal per day, so this is also worth a shot.

The third option is commonly recognized. Fiber consumption reduces the likelihood of acid reflux. Eating lots of fiber enables your body to more easily digest acid foods. If you prefer you can take fiber in pill or drink form, if eating more fibrous, food is not to your taste.

The fourth is a simple necessity of life. Avoiding water when you are suffering from acid reflux is a serious mistake. You need eight full glasses of water daily. Without enough water, your body is unable to digest all the acids to prevent problems. So, drink as much water as you can to avoid acid reflux and many other problems.

The fifth is also recommended by many specialists - herbal teas. It has been known for a long time that indigestion and acid reflux is greatly helped by herbal teas. Green tea after meals also aids digestion and help alleviate upset stomachs. Other teas like licorice and peppermint are also good choices. Catnip and chamomile are other ancient remedies.

The important thing to remember is that medication may be preferential, there are many other alternative options. You should discuss these with your doctor. Your doctor may suggest stopping medication for awhile to see if the alternatives work better first. Being frank with doctors will enable them to best treat you.

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