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Heartburn and GERD

In conventional medicine, the typical treatment for heartburn and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) generally involves drugs. Acid-suppressing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) mask symptoms without treating the true root cause of the illness. Find out what really causes heartburn and GERD and get tips on treating the problem.

Heartburn and GERD: What Really Causes the Problem?

PPIs and other drugs do nothing to cure heartburn and GERD because, in many cases, it’s low stomach acid that’s causing the chronic illness. That may sound counterintuitive, but low stomach acid levels are connected with your digestion, the health of your gut, and your abdominal pressure. High intra-abdominal pressure can allow stomach contents to reach the esophagus, causing heartburn and GERD.

Find out more about the complex causes of heartburn—and why the problem isn’t “too much acid.”

Here’s What Really Causes Heartburn and GERD
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How to Treat Heartburn and GERD

Aside from the feelings of discomfort it causes, GERD can eventually lead to difficulty swallowing, chronic coughing, dental erosions, and even esophageal cancer. If you’re dealing with heartburn or GERD, you need effective treatment options.

That’s where diet and lifestyle adjustments can help. Improving your gut health can increase your stomach acid and lower your abdominal pressure, relieving your symptoms once and for all. Get step-by-step tips on how to treat heartburn and GERD below.

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