I focus on treating reflux in Australia.
Acid reflux or heartburn is a common gut complaint that can lead to severe complications. Reflux occurs when some of the stomach’s acid content flows into the oesophagus, creating a painful burning sensation in the lower chest, often after eating.
- The symptoms tend to get worse when lying down. It is often accompanied by nausea, a persistent cough, and throat problems. Should acid reflux occur more than twice a week, your doctor may diagnose gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- GERD affects people of all ages, often because of various lifestyle factors. Body weight, certain foods, medications, and pregnancy have all been linked to acid reflux and GERD.
- Without treatment, GERD can lead to serious health concerns, including an increased cancer risk.
- Recent studies have shown that selected dietary changes are as effective as medications in managing the condition. This is promising because some of the existing pharmaceuticals can inhibit the absorption of vital nutrients and impact lower gut health.
Fortunately, I have thus far identified and applied several appropriate dietary and lifestyle strategies and used them concurrently to reduce the symptoms and sometimes even the cause of reflux. I will continue the process to find as many approaches as possible to help reduce the need for medications or eliminate them.