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GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

 Learn ways to reverse GERD through diet, balancing pH and herbs

GERD symptoms are:

  • Heartburn
  • Pain in the chest
  • Voice or throat irritation
  • Acid regurgitation
  • Narrowing, stricture or ulceration of the esophagus
  • Pills or food get stuck in the esophagus 

Sometimes no symptoms at all.

A thin mucousal lining in the esophagus is what causes GERD.  To better understand, read all of the movie below.

What thins the mucousal lining?

A pH imbalance from eating to much acidic foods and drinks and not enough alkalizing foods. Alkalizing diet

Coffee, tea and soda have tannic acid which damages the membrane which lines the esophagus.

Drinking or eating anything that is too hot or very cold weakens the esophagus -- especially hot foods and drinks. The body can warm things (even though it takes a lot of energy to do so), however, the body has no internal cooling system.

A lack of HCL can contribute in several ways.  Without adequate HCL (hydrochloric acid (stomach acid)) the food ingested does not fully digest or break down.  This food then ferments causing gas and acid. It also contributes to the pH imbalance in the body.

Another reason can be understood when you think about the skin on your hands.  If you use your hands a lot, the body will compensate for that and make the skin thicker or stronger (even to the point of callousing).  So it is with the HCL. Having high amounts of HCL encourages the body to produce thicker lining (as long as it has enough minerals to replenish the lining).  It is ironic that most conventional treatments for GERD include taking antacids.

I usually suggest taking something to improve digestion.  I often suggest Food Enzymes.

What nourishes the Mucousal lining?

Foods high in minerals such as natural sodium found in cabbage, celery, alfalfa and alfalfa sprouts (not sodium chloride found in salt) and in the herbs Marshmallow and Slippery Elm are by my first choice.   

Calcium helps keep the pH normalized discouraging the robbing of minerals from the esophagus.  I suggest daily consumption of broccoli, any green vegetables and the supplement  Skeletal Strength (SKL) which, I believe, is the best calcium supplement in the world.

Some people can take Stomach Comfort sparingly until the body rebuilds the digestion and heals the lining to help with the symptoms but I suggest you do not take it at meal time.

My mother had really bad esophageal problems. She was never diagnoses with GERD but she did, however, have a severe narrowing of the esophagus to the point that she could no longer eat solid foods and she was vomiting blood. She cut out the coffee and drank Herbal Beverage instead.  She also took slippery elm.  She eventually was able to eat even white chicken meat.

Remember that the quality of the herbs you use is essential if you want to receive good results.

Copyright © 2010 Dr. Mary Reed Gates, CNHP, MH, ND, Lancaster, PA