GORD (Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is a common digestive condition characterised by the regular backflow of stomach acid into the oesophagus. The most typical symptom is frequent heartburn. This heartburn usually feels like a burning sensation moving up from behind the breastbone towards the mouth.

In functional/medicine, addressing GORD involves more than just symptom management; it’s a holistic approach focusing on underlying causes and individual triggers. Personalised plans may include dietary adjustments to avoid trigger foods, correct low stomach acid and promote gut health. Supplements to support the digestive system, address stress, anxiety and weight control.

 
 

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Case study

Marco*, male, 53-year-old, Roma, Italy

Address GORD with Functional/Medicine

Frequent Heartburn, gas and bloating: Marco experienced abdominal discomfort, feelings of embarrassment and struggled with persistent heartburn, which significantly disrupted his daily activities and sleep patterns.

*The case study uses “Marco” as a pseudonym to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

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Marco’s Personalised Plan

Dietary Changes: Marco eliminated acidic and spicy foods, incorporating alkaline and fibre-rich foods.

Supplement Strategy: We incorporated a tailored blend of specific herbs, digestive enzymes, and antimicrobials into his regimen.

Lifestyle Modifications: Key changes were introduced in his daily routine, including maintaining a healthy weight, steering clear of late-night meals, and elevating the head of his bed for better sleep posture.

The Results

After four weeks, Marco saw a significant reduction in heartburn frequency, bloating, and gas. This led to better sleep, enhanced focus at work, and a higher quality of life.

“Honestly, switching up my diet, adding a few supplements, and tweaking my lifestyle has been a game changer. I used to be plagued by never-ending heartburn, but that’s history now.”

Marco