living with GERD

Alright, So I have realized that there are not a lot of super useful sites out there to help people with Acid Reflux (they’re calling it GERD these days). So, I am changing my blog to #1 be more consistent and #2, provide tried and true tips, recipes and lifestyle changes that can help others out there that have GERD.

Note, I’m not a doctor. Your GI Specialist, PCP or whomever you see should be the one you consult before making crazy decisions on your diet, lifestyle or medications. This will just be my story and journey with severe GERD and how I navigate it all.

GERD – what is it? It’s not just heartburn.. Here’s what the good ol’ Mayo Clinic says about it:

“Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease. GERD occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, stomach content, flows back into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash (reflux) irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD.”

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gerd/basics/definition/con-20025201

I have had severe acid reflux since I was 15 or 16 and have grown accustomed to the pain and discomfort in daily life. Which, for the record was the wrong thing to do. After 12ish years of living most of my GERD life without medication or treatment I have gotten myself into Chronic Severe GERD which has put me in the hospital, racked up medical debt and caused me to do a 100% overhaul of my life, what I eat, when I eat, how I exercise, what I drink and how I sleep and that’s just for starters.

So, any and all feedback, tips, and suggestions are highly recommended!

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