Heartburn & GORD
Heartburn and Natural Remedies
By Shannon Burford
GORD gives rise to a number of symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, swallowing difficulty, coughing, waterbrash, hoarseness and/ or chest pain. Belching, a sensation of fullness, non-specific nausea and queasiness are often associated symptoms.
A great deal of patients are prescribed proton-pump inhibitors by doctors without considering the underlying cause. If the underlying causes are identified and removed, then often there is no need for the pharmaceutical medication.
GORD Natural Medicine Treatment
Are you suffering from GORD? Herbal medicine & nutritional treatment can be very effective when prescribed correctly. It is important to establish the underlying causes, such as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), H. Plyori infection, reduced stomach acids or other contributing factors.
To speak with a naturopath or to make a booking at the Cura clinic, contact us.
Complications of Heartburn
Narrowing of the throat passage
oesophageal adenocarcinoma (cancer)
Increased risk factors of developing adenocarcinoma are associated with males, obesity and smoking.
Acid Reflux Things to Avoid
Avoid eating large meals
Smaller meals can empty from your stomach quickly and have less chance of moving up the oesophagus.
Don’t recline for at 3 hours after eating
Give your stomach time to digest your meal completely before lying down or bending over. Raising the bed head may be beneficial.
Avoid aggravating foods
Some foods have been shown to aggrevate the sphincter function. Avoid chocolate, caffeinated products, spicy foods, alcohol, fatty foods, citruses, tomato based food and juices
Increase Vitamin A, C and E rich foods
Low intake has been associated with greater risk of heartburn
An increased intake of foods rich in A, C and E help heal the throat lining and are antioxidant to the mucous lining.
Reducing animal fat consumption aids the reduction of blood triglycerides and cholesterol
Consider probiotics - Probiotic intake may assist with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth which has been associated with increased incidence of heartburn and GORD
Preventable Lifestyle Factors
Alcohol, sweets, or white bread
Excessive fat consumption
Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine (SIBO)
Reducing Other Risks
Smoking damages and irritates the throat lining. Excessive irritation causes physical changes in the throat cells giving rise to an increased risk of scarring and pathological changes. Smoking also contributes to insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes), hypertension, an increased heart rate as well as lowering the ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol.
Call the Quitline in Australia on 131 848 or seek helpful advice from your practitioner.
For healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces your risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury over a lifetime. The health risks that accumulate over a lifetime from alcohol increase progressively - this means that the more you drink, the greater the risk.
In addition to contributing to GORD, drinking alcohol can affect your liver or cause brain damage, heart disease, high blood pressure and increases your risk of many cancers.
Natural Medicines - GORD and Heartburn
The following natural therapy medicines are often prescribed for GORD and heartburn. It is important to note that only one or a few are prescribed at one time. Each patient is an individual and therefore a naturopathic treatment must reflect that in the treatment strategy.
Personal herbal medicine prescription
Liver herbs to promote bile and digestive secretions
Therapeutic dosage of probiotics
Celloid - PPMP, MP, SCF
Cura blend organic herbal tea
SB Saccryomyces boulvarii
For further help from a natural therapy practitioner, get in touch or make an appointment.