GERD: What It Is and How You Can Help Relieve Symptoms

GERD—short for GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease—is a digestive disorder that affects muscle between the stomach and esophagus. The most common GERD symptom is a burning sensation in the chest as a consequence of the regurgitation of stomach contents, according to Dr. Doug Haghighi, creator of Gutsy Products. This heartburn sensation usually occurs after eating and can last for a couple of hours. Fortunately, changes in diet and lifestyle can often help relieve heartburn caused by GERD.

Dr. Doug recommends the following:

  • Avoid spicy and fatty foods, coffee, citrus, mints and chocolate
  • Stop smoking and drinking
  • Avoid lying down right after eating
  • Maintain a healthy body weight

Clinical studies have shown that weight loss and raising the head of the bed at night have been effective in alleviating GERD symptoms. Dr. Doug also suggests that you stop eating at least three hours before bedtime. Over-the-counter antacids, are designed to help neutralize the acids that cause heartburn. All-natural Gutsy Chewy™ helps alleviate that “queasy, uneasy, refluxy feeling” that comes after eating and is usually accompanied by GutBurn™ and GutBloat™. Our proprietary formula of apple cider vinegar, papaya and licorice root promote oral and digestive health naturally.

If you experience GERD symptoms several times a week, or in a way that your qualify of life is impaired—it’s time to speak with your health care provider. Medical therapy with acid-suppressing medication may be indicated, but that’s a discussion for you and your primary care physician.