Heartburn Symptoms | How to TREAT and STOP Acid Reflux (GERD) at Home Naturally | Doctor Explains

By | April 23, 2021
Heartburn Symptoms | How to TREAT and STOP Acid Reflux (GERD) at Home Naturally | Doctor Explains

Heartburn can be a symptom of acid reflux. In this video, we will look at some of the causes, symptoms, and importantly some treatment options to help you at home naturally to ease GERD / GORD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).

Heartburn can be described as a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid traveling up towards the throat (acid reflux). If it keeps happening, it’s called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD/GORD). Some of the symptoms of this condition include:

⦿ Heartburn – a burning sensation in the middle of your chest
⦿ An unpleasant sour taste in your mouth, caused by stomach acid

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Slightly rarer symptoms include:

⦿ A cough or hiccups that keep coming back
⦿ Hoarse voice
⦿ Bad breath
⦿ Bloating and feeling sick

It is a common symptom I come across on my day-to-day work as a family doctor in London. It is estimated 1 in 3 of us will be affected by Acid Reflux in our lifetime. This is why it is super important to look at some of the main causes of this. The circular band of muscle (sphincter) at the bottom of the gullet (esophagus) normally prevents acid from leaking up (reflux). Problems occur if the sphincter does not work very well. This is common but in most cases, it is not known why it does not work so well. Some of the causes include:

⦿ Smoking
⦿ Obesity
⦿ Pregnancy
⦿ Diet
⦿ Medication

When it comes to the treatment of Acid Reflux/ GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), the most important factor is to make changes to lifestyle factors. Avoiding some types of food in our diet to help reduce the symptoms. Reduction in smoking or giving up altogether can be important. Alcohol can often exacerbate symptoms so it is worth stopping alcohol intake. We will also discuss more practical tips you can do to help treat your acid reflux/heartburn symptoms at home easily and naturally. Lastly, we will cover some of the medications available for treatment if all other steps have not resolved the GERD symptoms.

Important things to try for GORD:

⦿ More frequent and small meals

⦿ Raise 1 end of your bed 10 to 20cm by putting something under your bed or mattress – your chest and head should be above the level of your waist, so stomach acid does not travel up towards your throat

⦿ Weight loss if you’re overweight

⦿ Try to find ways to relax – this can help reduce your symptoms

There are also specific diets recommended for people with reflux disease like the alkaline diet.
You may also find this GERD/Acid Reflux Diet Sheet useful: https://patient.info/news-and-features/diet-sheet-for-oesophageal-reflux

0:00 – Intro
0:58 – Anatomy of GERD/Acid Reflux/ Heartburn
1:50 – Why do we get Acid Reflux/Heartburn? Explained
3:00 – Difference between Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
4:05 – Why not all chest pain is acid reflux
4:50 – Symptoms of Heartburn/ Acid Reflux / GERD
5:23 – Causes of Acid reflux/ Heartburn/ GORD
7:05 – Home Treatment of Acid Reflux/Heartburn (naturally)
9:39 – Medication treatments

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