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Reflux can be painful, irregular and uncoordinated contractions of the esophagus, i.e. the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. The esophagus normally pulsates in coordination, in order to carry the food in the stomach. There are two types of reflux: in the first one, contractions are irregular and uncoordinated; the muscles of the esophagus tighten leaving the food there; in the other type the contractions and clenching are very strong and painful but the food enters the stomach. The two types may coexist. Symptoms may include difficulty swallowing food and liquids, reflective chest, neck and hand pains. Also, these symptoms may be due to GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) or achalasia, a neurological disease. Panic attacks can cause similar symptoms.

 

Possible causes:

• Existence of diaphragmatic hernia

• Helicobacter pylori

• Food allergies or hidden intolerances 

• Hypothyroidism

• Intense stress

• Pharmacology-medication

• Low gastric hydrochloric acid

• Candida

 

How the Nutritional Therapy Athens Clinic can help

Our main concern is to discover the cause of the reflux. We start by recording your full health history and we recommend special functional tests which will show any hormonal, thyroid, gastrointestinal or immune system malfunctions, possible nutrient deficiencies or any hidden food intolerances among others.

 

Personalized Nutritional Strategy

After the diagnostic assessments comes the development of an individualized nutritional strategy, including special nutritional supplements and suggestions for a healthy lifestyle and light exercise, while avoiding bad habits like smoking and alcohol consumption. We incorporate more natural foods in the Nutritional Plan and avoid the ones that worsen the condition. Selected amino acids for the support of the nervous system, minerals and vitamins like vitamin A, vitamins B12, natural enzymes and herbs, among others. We support digestion and assimilation with natural ingredients such as betaine hydrochloride.