Did You Know That Eating More Fiber Can Help Reduce Suffering from Heartburn and GERD?

A recent study conducted at the VA Medical Center in Houston analyzed more than 900 employees to determine the “onset, frequency and severity” of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) symptoms, including heartburn. The goal of the study was to find out if those symptoms were affected by diet, and whether or not a change in diet may help relieve suffering and prevent the recurrence of the disease. Results indicated that eating high amounts of dietary fat was associated with a greater risk of heartburn (indigestion) and GERD, but that a diet high in fiber was directly related to a reduced risk of heartburn and GERD.

Read more detailed information of the study by visiting: http://gut.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/54/1/11#BIBL

6 Comments

  • Paul Thomas

    Exactly as you have been saying for years. Of course the challenge is how to get enough Fiber in your diet. I constantly struggle with this – hell a banana is only 4g – I don’t want to eat 8 a day! Breakfast cereal can get you about another 5g. Chosing the right bread with your lunch time sandwich and stuffing in some veggies may get you another 4g and wholewheat pasta and more veggies for dinner gets me to about another 5g. But there is no way I can get to more than about 20g per day of fiber

  • Tina Peruski

    Hi Paul,

    You could always try these FitSMART bars: http://www.fiber35.com/products/fitsmart-bars.aspx
    They have 10 grams of fiber and I find that eating 2 of them a day and then just making some conscious eating choices in the rest of my diet, I get pretty close to 35 grams.

  • byron1971

    It’s important you use a good digestive enzyme as well, IMHO. Any suggestions?

  • AnthonyCurcione

    I would suggest ReNew Life’s DigestMore Ultra: http://www.renewlife.com/products/digestmore-ultra.aspx. It doesn’t get much better than that!

  • bwatson

    Dear Paul
    You must look at supplemental fiber in order to get 35 grams of fiber a day. It is also important that you count gram for a few day. The average American gets 10-12 grams a day and they think if they have a bowel movement everyday they have enough fiber in their diet. The frequency of elimination (daily) is not the only sign of healthy elimination it is also the amount for example if you eliminate once a day you should eliminate the descending colon which would be about 1 1/2 feet the length of the descending colon. I agree to choose bars with plenty of fiber at least 10 grams per bar. Our shakes have 10 grams of fiber also. Fiber is a miracle nutrient even though it is not considered a nutrient. But when you look at it it helps maintain blood sugar, loose weight, manage cholesterol and keep the bowel healthy with elimination, good bacteria, prevent conditions like diverticulosis which will affect over the age of 60 about 70 to 80 percent of Americans. So kudos to you for your awareness and desire for getting the right amount of fiber in your diet. Most Americans wait until they have a colon condition or pain before they do anything about their health. Then they go first to the pharmacy for a solution but they usually end of at the doctors office saying fix me. That is why the crusade for awareness through education is the motto here at Renew Life. An educated consumer becomes aware of the need to take care of their health before they have pain. But unfortunately too many are like sheep they follow and do not look lead which has crippled out country in the sickness medicine practiced today

  • Jean Nowak

    I read about fiber helping with GERD and do you have any information on Barrett’s which is a complication of GERD. Beside Fiber what suppliments should be taken.

    I didn’t know I had GERD I just have a persist cought, losing my voice and horseness.

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