Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is a chronic condition involving the backup of hydrochloric acid (HCl) from the stomach into the esophagus. It is also known as “heartburn” due to the burning sensation in the upper abdomen and chest. This condition affects more than 20 million Americans daily. Contrary to the name, Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart (thank goodness).
Many people assume that GERD is a result of too much stomach acid in the wrong place. While this is partly true (you shouldn’t have stomach acid going up into your esophagus) the actual underlying causes are multifaceted. While some anatomical issues such as a hiatal hernia can cause GERD, many cases are caused by poor dietary habits.
Why is it important to fix? Because 10-20% of chronic cases can lead to pre-cancerous changes which can then result in Esophageal or Stomach Cancer.
Factors involved in GERD may include:
- Reduced sphincter control due to alcohol consumption, drugs, smoking, etc.
- Increased pressure on the stomach due to obesity or pregnancy
- Infections, dysbiosis or candida overgrowth
- Eating acidic, fried or processed refined carbs/sugars
- Eating foods that are not correct for your blood type or constitution
- Eating too quickly and/or under too much stress
More About Diet and Blood Type
- Blood group O – the most ancient of blood types, do best with meat and vegetable diets. Because of their ancient predispositions, Type O’s have the highest amounts of stomach acid, making them more likely to develop GERD. When eating high amounts of gluten, grains and processed refined carbs and sugars (as opposed to clean, grass fed meats and veggies) they will have a more acidic system, and again, have more issues with GERD
- Blood group A – do best with Mediterranean, pescatarian and vegetarian diets. Given Type A’s higher susceptibility to cancer, if A’s develop GERD, they are more likely to advance to a pre-cancerous condition
- Blood Group B – have stronger negative reactions to common foods such as chicken and certain beans and produce higher amounts of cortisol during stress than other groups. So high stress, eating a standard American diet and drinking alcohol, can cause issues with GERD
- Blood Group AB – the rarest of all blood groups, individuals are more sensitive overall. Stress and internalizing emotions can cause stomach upset here
How to Eliminate It
- Every person is different!
- Set up a consultation to determine the best plan of action that’s right for you
- While you’re learning how to address your individual needs, begin a supplement such as Carolyn’s product of the week which may help balance stomach acid, soothe an irritated stomach and esophagus and reduce GERD
- Consider additional therapies that are proven to reduce stress and support digestive complaints, such as:
- Magnesphere Therapy
- Massage Therapy
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