Thursday, August 23, 2012


GERD is short for Heartburn/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.The symptoms can be a burning sensation, stomach and/or chest pain, bloating, nausea, gas, a shortness of breath and a sour or acidic taste in the throat. If the esophageal sphincter muscle isn't functioning properly, some of the stomach acid slips past and into the esophagus. Anyone can experience this condition with one or more of the symptoms, at any age. There are various reasons for reflux including: a hiatal hernia; ulcers, gallbladder problems, digestive enzyme deficiencies; consuming too much coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, fatty or fried foods, citrus fruits, etc. This condition has made popular the use of over the counter antacids and drugs such as Prilosec and Zantac. But there is a big downside to using these products. Antacids contain ingredients that contain excessive amounts of sodium and aluminum. The medications, such as Prilosec, suppress the production of stomach acid and used long term can damage the stomach lining.
Up until the beginning of this year, reflux was only an occasional annoyance for me. But during the winter, it became an acute problem. I didn't understand why it was happening and I almost dreaded going to sleep because if I didn't get it as soon as I laid down, it was sure to wake me during the night. The first things I tried were not eating for at least 2 or 3 hours before bed and propping up 2-3 pillows for sleeping. It seemed to help a little but even during the day I was experiencing uncomfortable symptoms. I read about the wonders of apple cider vinegar and took a couple tablespoons in water with a meal. Again, I felt a little relief, but it didn't last. Digestive enzyme supplements were next. but one of the ingredients definitely didn't agree with me. While everything helped a little, no one thing was able to rid me of all my symptoms after 3 weeks. Finally, I started taking Country Life Papayachewable tablets with each meal. They have been a staple in my house for years to sooth occasional indigestion and I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. Within a day, I was no longer experiencing any of the symptoms! For whatever reason, my digestive system must need the particular enzyme papaya contains and I don't care if I have to take them with every meal or whenever I eat. They are easy to bring anywhere, inexpensive and taste good.
While papaya is what helped me, everyone is different. So try some or all of the things I mentioned and there are more natural remedies if you need. Just know that it is possible to find relief from GERD naturally. Contact me if you have questions or an experience to share.

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I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one. These are just my experiences and conclusions.
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Anonymous said...

Could you tell me what brand of chewable papaya you use. What I have found on the web is only the papaya "enzyme" which is not only papaya but also has other enzymes with it...pretty much like just taking a regular digestive enzyme, except it is chewable. Thanks for any info.

Georgann Freeman said...

Yes, I use Country Life Tropical Papaya Chews or American Health Original Papaya Enzyme Chewable Tablets. Both are good tasting, effective and have worked wonders for me.
Best Wishes,