How can I prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) naturally?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
I've received several requests (following my media stories and blogs) asking about the natural (non-medication) options for preventing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Note: Please, as always, contact me and/or your healthcare practitioner to discuss what's right for you rather than just taking any/all of these:

1. Keep the digestive tract underwhelmed -- small, frequent (about every 3 hours) eating occasions and chew food well.

2. Plant enzymes with eating occasions (especially with animal proteins) to help breakdown the food.

3. L-glutamine: this amino acid may aid tissue recovery.

4. Probiotic: (strain specificity and quantity are key).

5. Omega 3s may help reduce any inappropriate inflammation of the digestive tract.

6. Chew deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) between meals -- this amino acid may aid tissue recovery.

7. Mastic gum has antibacterial properties.

8. Magnesium citrate or glycinate before bed to improve motility.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.