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    GERD do's and don'ts and best medicine for complete cure

    Suffering from GERD and or UTI? Searching for medicine and its side effects? Check out this page for advice from experts.

    I am suffering from GERD for an year and also intermittent UTI. For GERD the doctor has prescribed Nexito forte for a month, one per day. Does it have serious side effects and what are the do's and don'ts?
    Any alternative Indian medicines that I can take like siddha?
    Experts: do advice.
  • #137395
    Generally speaking, in most of the case cases, GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease can be relieved through diet and lifestyle changes. However, some people may require medication or even surgery in complicated cases. Acid reflux disease is a condition in which the stomach contents gradually leak backward from the stomach into the esophagus i.e. the alimentary canal which connects the throat to the stomach.
    Some of the lifestyle changes which are likely to help in GERD are as follows -
    1. Do not lie down immediately after eating at any time during the day.
    2. Take dinner at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.
    3. Maintain the head side of bed elevated by at least 6 inches.
    4. Don't take large meals at a time. Instead spread the total food intake throughout the day in smaller sizes.
    5. Quit smoking.
    6. Avoid alcohol.
    7. Reduce weight.
    8. Avoid fatty/greasy foods, chocolate, caffeine, spicy foods, citrus foods and other food items which are likely to worsen the condition.
    9. Keep an upright posture when standing or sitting.
    10. Avoid over the counter painkillers.
    Regarding medicines, the same should be taken in consultation with a medical professional only, be it allopathic or homeopathic or siddha.

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  • #137509
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a disorder of digestive system. Between esophagus and stomach, there is a muscle in the shape of ring. This is known as lower esophageal sphincter (LES). In GERD, this ring muscle gets affected. When contents of stomach flows back upwards in esophagus, this condition is known as GERD. When LES becomes weak, it allows this sort of reflux to take place. Individuals in whom LES is strong and relaxes very appropriately, do not experience this sort of reflux.

    Do's and don't s:-
    -Foods like fried items should be avoided.
    -Chocolate and peppermint intake quantity should be decreased greatly.
    -Coffee taken as an everyday beverage should be completely stopped.
    -Avoid alcohol.
    -Spicy foods can increase acidity and thus should be avoided.
    -Citrus fruits and juices should not be allowed in diet.
    -Tomato use in food preparation should be decreased.
    -Dinner should be eaten at least 3 hours before bed time.
    -Weight control is greatly beneficial. Maintaining normal weight and reducing if being overweight helps in control of acid reflux.
    -Portion sizes in meal intake should be small. Large meals are difficult to digest. Small 5-6 meals a day helps in easy digestion.
    -Starvation should not be promoted. Frequent meals every 3 hours is very essential.
    -Daily intake of 2-2.5 liters of water greatly helps in flushing down acid reflux and providing relief in heart burn and acidity.
    -Cigarette and other sorts of tobacco products are not good for GERD patients. It further weakens LES resulting in worsening of GERD.
    -While sleeping, GERD patients should keep their heads elevated to 6-inch blocks which will greatly help in relieving heart burn problem.
    -Prescriptions given by doctor should be taken daily without fail.
    -Antacids along with some foaming agents can relieve acidity in GERD patients.
    -Along with antacids, H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitor also can be taken to treat GERD.
    -Loose fitting clothes should be wore by GERD patients as it is very essential to not exert excess of pressure on abdomen.
    -While lying down, do not try to stuff a lots of pillows underneath head as it may increase the pressure on abdomen resulting in reflux.
    -Carbonated beverages should be avoided.
    -Garlic and onions should be completely cut off from the diet.
    -Diet should be high in fiber and low in fat which includes vegetables, non-citrus fruits, whole grains, lean meat etc.....
    -Include over ripe bananas in daily life.
    -Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen excess intake.
    -Sleep well.
    -Exercise daily along with yoga practice.

    Side effects of Nexito Forte:-
    -Dry mouth,
    -Decreased libido,
    --Withdrawal symptoms

    Siddha Medicine:-
    It is an age old medicine system. After lots of research work medicines were prepared and are highly effective and rarely exert any side effects.
    Some of them are:-
    Cardamom, cumin seeds, sweet cumin seeds, Indian gooseberry, basil, clove, pudina etc..... These medicines can be taken without any risk of ill-effects.

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