What is GERD?–Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach.–It affects pregnant women, or those with hiatal hernia.–Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the LES is weak or relaxes inappropriately, allowing the stomach's contents to flow up into the esophagus.
How do we treat GERD?–GERD can be relieved through diet and lifestyle changes; however, some people may require medication or surgery.–Medications such as antacids can treat and control GERD.–Laparoscopic antireflux surgery (also called Nissen fundoplication) is used in the treatment of GERD when medicines are not successful.
Diet Therapy for GERD
What diet therapy can we do for GERD?–Making just a few, simple modifications to your current diet is often enough to help reduce the discomforts of GERD. The goal is to create a diet based on a healthy variety of foods that include fruits and vegetables, lean sources of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats.