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Heartburn - Reflux - GERD

Alternative GERD Reflux treatment in Boise, ID

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can present as a sensation of heartburn, irritation in the throat, gas, belching, or bad breath. This is a very important subject for a couple of reasons.

First of all, reflux prescriptions are the only class of drugs that had two labels in the top 10 most profitable prescriptions in the United States in 2007 (Nexium and Prevacid). This not only tells us there is a huge financial incentive to keep you on these, but it also helps us see the prevalence of this condition.

Unfortunately, these prescription treatments can be detrimental to your digestive system and can make recovery very difficult. You should first understand what is happening when you take these kinds of drugs. When you go to your doctor and complain about having symptoms of heartburn, they give you an acid blocker to keep any stomach acid from coming back up and irritating your esophagus (throat).

The problem with this is that many people are already low in stomach acid in the first place. If you don't have enough stomach acid, your food will not be digested properly. As a result, the food can stay in your stomach longer and putrefy - which is also irritating to your gastrointestinal tract. By blocking acid, you are going to cause the food to sit undigested even longer.

To make matters worse, the next organs in line (the pancreas and small intestine) will not be triggered to release their necessary digestive enzymes. The end result is putrefied food that you are getting little nutritional value from and that is not being broken down. These larger food particles can then trigger food allergies and another list of symptoms.

Instead of masking another symptom by shutting down the natural processes in your body, I recommend supporting the functions of your gastrointestinal system. If you can increase the acid and digestive enzymes, your food will pass through your system faster, and you will absorb more of the nutrients.

You may notice that you don't feel as full after a meal, and you certainly won't be waking up in the middle of the night with heartburn from the undigested food that is still sitting in your stomach and can now reach your throat because you are lying down.

I would also recommend a couple of lifestyle changes. Try to eat smaller meals, and try to stay upright after eating. You may also want to decrease the amount of liquid you consume with your meals - especially if you are drinking ice cold beverages, as these can slow down the digestive process.

If you have been dealing with heartburn or reflux, I strongly urge you to set up a consultation with me. I will be happy to discuss your options and help you rule out other possibilities like gut infections, hernias, or Barrett's esophagus that may be lending to your symptoms. Call Dr. Noah of Boise Integrated Chiropractic today at (208) 629-5374.