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GERD Fast becoming a Lifestyle Disorder

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  • The Indian Practitioner, India

Abstract


Acidity and hyperacidity have become endemic and widespread, virtually symbolic of urbanised living and a fast life. Reflux of gastric components into the oesphagus takes place and today gastroesophageal reflux diseases (GERD) is characterised as a lifestyle disorder. Causes are many, primarily due to improper dietary habits, high stress factors in a fast paced life including inadequate sleep and rest. While neutralising the acid using a range of alkaline substances is what is normally resorted to, it does not address the underlying causes. This article provides an overview of this disorder, the other complications including cancer that can arise from uncontrolled GERD, the range of foods that lead to this and how it could be addressed.

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