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  • If you experience, heartburn, indigestion, or reflux, collectively termed GORD (gastro oesophageal reflux disease), then there are some simple changes you can make to alleviate your symptoms. Here are some to consider but if your symptoms are chronic or severe, please check in with your GP who may prescribe a medication to help your GORD. While the medication is effective, I believe there are suitable alternatives to manage the condition in the long term.
    • 1.
      Small, frequent meals and avoid eating within 3 hours of bedtime.
    • 2.
      Avoid triggers such as spicy foods, fried/fatty foods, raw onion, tomato, peppermint, chocolate and caffeine.
    • 3.
      Minimise/avoid alcohol - it relaxes the lower oesophageal sphincter, which lets stomach acid creep into the oesophagus.
    • 4.
      • Shed some kg's - obese people are nearly 3 times more likely to have heartburn and acid reflux.
    • 5.
      Clothing culprits - skip belts, waistbands, hosiery and undergarments that are too tight/fitted.
    • 6.
      Heads up - prop the head of your bed up with a foam wedge or a couple of yellow pages under the mattress (avoid piling up pillows as you may strain your neck).
    • 7.
      Quit smoking - nicotine has similar effects to alcohol (see above), and also reduces the amount of saliva you produce, which is a natural acid-fighter.
    • Naturopathically, we recommend herbal medicines to coat and soothe the lining of the oesophagus. There are also Tissue or Cell salts available which can help alkalise your system, and herbal teas which may be helpful too.
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