Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic condition where the stomach's acid or contents flow backward, up into the esophagus.  "Heartburn" is the most common symptom of GERD although symptoms vary from person to person.  

A band of muscles at the junction of the stomach and esophagus, along with the diaphragm acts as a barrier to prevent the reflux.  If this barrier is relaxed at an inappropriate time or is compromised some other way, reflux occurs.

Periodic heartburn that occurs following a meal and/or less than once a week is likely to be inconsequential.  Heartburn that occurs more frequently, becomes more severe and/or is uncomfortable enough to interrupt sleep, may be symptoms of a more serious condition and would be best to consult a physician.  

Heartburn is only one symptom of GERD, the most common but, there are several, less common symptoms that may be associated with GERD, such as:

  • Inflammation of the gums

  • Chronic irritation in the throat

  • Pain or difficulty when swallowing

  • Excess saliva

  • Hoarseness 

  • Bad breath

In integrative medical approach to GERD includes

a variety of evidence-based options including:

  • Nutritional changes

  • Exercise

  • Mind-body therapies

  • Lifestyle changes

  • Nutritional supplements

To Find Out More About GERD

Call Restorasis TODAY at 301-668-0002

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