Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Nighttime Solution for GERD, Acid Reflux and Heartburn Symptoms

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a very common ailment affecting millions of people worldwide. GERD is known by many names, including Esophagitis, reflux, acid reflux, even (incorrectly) hiatal hernia. Gastroesophageal reflux is the term used to describe a backflow of acid from the stomach into the swallowing tube or esophagus.

The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn. Along with heartburn, other symptoms include pain swallowing, chest pain, coughing, sore throat, hoarseness, asthma, aspiration pneumonia, even tooth enamel decay, gingivitus and halitosis.

Treatments of GERD include over-the-counter medications like antacids and prescription strength medications. Heartburn and other symptoms associated with GERD may be mild to severe. If you experience severe discomfort or heartburn several times a week, you should consult a physician.

There are several lifestyle recommendations you can make to help ease the discomfort of GERD and acid reflux:
  • Control your weight / Lose weight if overweight
  • Eat smaller meals
  • Avoid reclining or lying down directly after a meal
  • Eliminate certain foods or food types that may trigger heartburn
  • Don't smoke
  • Raise the head of your mattress 6-9 inches. Experts recommend elevating the bed by inserting a wedge between the mattress and box spring (raising your head with pillows is not a good alternative)**
The Mattress Genie bed lift wedge, manufactured by Contour Living, provides a simple solution for raising your mattress and alleviating the pain and discomfort caused by GERD symptoms. With just the touch of a button, you can raise your bed to the angle that best suits your needs. You'll love reading, watching TV, working or even eating in bed. The Mattress Genie comes with a remote control to raise and lower the mattress with a touch of a button.

Best of all, this universal bed lift transforms your mattress into an adjustable bed for a fraction of the cost of a mechanical adjustable bed.

**Source: www.MayoClinic.com/health

1 comments:

Contour Products said...

Awesome site for medical studies of raising your mattress - does it help reduce GERD and acid reflux? http://www.bedlift.com

Many people report a reduction of the acids and symptoms when their upper mattress is raised 6-9 inches.