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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease And Treatment

Gastroesophageal reflux is a growing concern for a large number of people. Sufferers report symptoms including a burning or stinging sensation, as well as other pain or discomfort in the chest and / or stomach regions of the body.

Some people find relief in over the counter heartburn drugs and use them to alleviate symptoms as the need arises. Though there have been advances in common heartburn medicines and their effectiveness, it seems like the plethora of over the counter acid reflux drugs are barely able to keep up with increasing numbers of heartburn patients.

One of the most common causes of gastritis, acid reflux and peptic ulcers is a baterial infection most notably with HELICOBACTER PYLORI. Physicians usually try to erradicate it by using bismuth or antibiotics. The problem with this approach is that it not only kills the H. Pylori bacteria, but it also kills the good bacteria. Unfortunately this opens the door to candida and other fungi.

One man started by raising the alkalinity of his system by drinking about 8 to 16 oz of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 times a day. There is an antioxidant or sterol called Gamma Orizanol found in barley and rice bran that helps reduce the inflamation of the lining of the stomach caused by the acidity. Vitamin C can also plays an important role in the equation as an antioxidant and to strengthen the collagen between the cells. Medical research has found that people with gastric acid problems have extremely low levels of vitamin C, functioning also as an acid regulator. Another compound needed for relief is NAC or N-Acetyl -Cysteine. This is an amino acid or precursor for the production of glutathion which is also an antioxidant... Calcium was also in the recommendations found.

As you can see there is a common denominator in most of the suppliments recommended for this condition... antioxidants. So based on this finding he went directly to one of the most powerful antioxidants around which is grape seed oil or extract. Basic nutritional needs were covered with the best multivitamin on the market, grape seed extract (also serves as an antibacterial)... it took about 5 to 6 months to get rid of his problem...

Most people I know are still looking for a heartburn medicine that will actually work effectively and on a consistent basis. I've heard many of them remark that a new acid reflux medication will work the first few times, but not very well after that. It seems that a viable solution for some it to cycle between a few different brands or types of medicine.

There are also a host of prescription acid reflux medications, as well as surgical treatment and endoscopic procedures to repair damaged tissues or structural abnormalities. While I'm sure there are cases where surgery or consistent medication would be the best course of action, I find it hard to believe that there is not another underlying cause of the heartburn epidemic.

Did people simply not suffer from heartburn as much in the past, or perhaps not as severely? It seems like if heartburn was as inherent to the human experience as every other television commercial portrays things to be, we would have read about it in historical literature. Maybe people haven't always suffered from heartburn in the large numbers we see today.

Perhaps many chronic heartburn cases are related more closely to the poor quality of food that many of us eat and not that heartburn is just another condition of being human. But it's more difficult to realize simple cause and effect relationships when the whole picture is clouded with a third element: treatment of symptoms.

When we treat symptoms of disease with medications of any kind, we're not allowing our bodies to heal and assist us in finding what it is that our body requires to heal, whether it be sleep, water or particular nutrients, the body will lead us to what it is that will set things right again. Symptoms are the body's way of alerting us to an imbalance, and treating the symptoms only impede the body's natural healing duties. Skip the Zantac and eat some carrots or an apple instead.