Reflux
(Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease–GORD/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease-GERD)

WHAT IS REFLUX?

Reflux or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) occurs when gastric acids in the stomach leaks and moves into the oesphagus (food pipe). A person will experience reflux once after they have eaten a meal.

Some risk factors for reflux include being overweight, stress, excessive alcohol consumption, overeating, high consumption of food that are high in fat, food allergy, caffeine, pregnancy, and hiatus hernia. Common symptoms of reflux include heartburn, chest pain, nausea acid taste, burping, and regurgitation. If left untreated there is an increased risk of developing long-term health problems and can affect a person’s quality of life.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Nutritional strategies will be developed to help you manage your reflux, identify specific foods in your diet that are causing discomfort, help minimise symptoms and reduce pain. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

What are Heartburn & Reflux? – NPS MedicineWise

REFERENCES

Crowe, T., Smith, D., Walsh, A., Whitney, E. & Rolfes, S. (2014). Understanding nutrition: Australian and New Zealand. South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.
Mahan, L., Stump, S., Raymond, J. & Krause, M. (2012). Krause's food & the nutrition care process. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier/Saunders
PEN. (2016). Gastrointestinal System – Gastroesophageal/Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD/GORD): Background. Retrieved 23 January, 2017, from https://www.pennutrition.com/KnowledgePathway.aspx?kpid=1707&trid=1695&trcatid=38