Are Acid Reflux and GERD the Same Thing?

As a former long-time sufferer of ulcers, acid reflux, and GERD, the answer to that question is a resounding yes and no.

Simple acid reflux occurs when your stomach is producing too much acid, and it back-washes up through the esophageal sphincter (which is a ring of muscle that opens and closes like the one at the bottom of the digestive tract you-know-where), causing a sour taste in your mouth and a burning sensation around your heart. Thus the name heartburn.

This can happen if you eat too much spicy food. Or you combine foods that should never be eaten together.

GERD on the other hand is a chronic acid reflux problem. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a diseased state of acid reflux and it happens when the acid production in the stomach continually overwhelms the esophagus ever so painfully so.

What Most People Don’t Know is that acid reflux, GERD, and other chronic gastritis issues are totally curable simply with diet. This takes, however, a willingness on your part to pay attention to what you eat.

Popping Pills Isn’t the Answer

Doctors won’t tell you this, but your body is a miracle machine. And when the doctors give you proton-pump inhibitors like Prilosec, Tagamet, Zantac and others, acid production will cease for a while. But then the body says to itself:

“Body – there is a problem with acid production in the stomach, let’s crank it up,” so you get caught in the trap of your body creating MORE acid because it’s receiving drugs to decrease the acid.

It’s a nasty vicious circle, not to mention the side effects of taking pharmaceuticals.

If you can’t tell, I’m against ’em, unless absolutely necessary to save a life, like antibiotics because of a nasty infection, or stuff like that. Actually Americans take far too many antibiotics and flu shots and are weakening their body’s systems in the process – but that’s another tale for another day.

Bottom line, there is an easier solution, that of understanding what foods actually cause acid production and what foods reduce acid production and simply eating more of them until your body’s natural pH balance takes back over.