June 29, 2011
The cure for GERD — two supplements and a
simple diet change
If you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a new study from Kaiser Permanente of Oakland has some great news for you. You don’t have to take Tums or other drugs to solve the problem. A simple diet change and two supplements can completely stop GERD.
GERD, as you may know, is a rather common problem in which acid refluxes up from your stomach into your esophagus. If you have GERD, it’s vital you find a way to stop it. The stomach acid can so irritate the esophagus that it can cause cancer.
In this study, the researchers reviewed the medical literature and found that eating more fruits and veggies can make a huge difference. And, as I’ve mentioned so often, raw vegetables are particularly helpful. The best veggies are dark green, leafy and cruciferous veggies, which also provide lots of fiber.
The two supplements they found to be particularly helpful were vitamin C and beta-carotene. As your intake of any or all of these foods and supplements increase, the risk of GERD and Barrett’s esophagus (pre cancer) decreases. The researchers also suggested cutting down on red meat and processed foods in favor of these foods and supplements.
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