A holistic treatment for GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) considers the interconnectedness of the body and aims to address the underlying causes of the condition rather than just managing symptoms. Here are some components of a holistic treatment for GERD.

Holistic Treatments for GERD.

Holistic Treatment for GERD.


Dietary Changes.

Whole foods diet, Avoid trigger foods, Eat smaller more frequent meals, Avoid eating close to bedtime

Lifestyle Modifications.

Maintain healthy weight, Elevate head of bed, Avoid lying down after meals

Nutritional Support.

Address nutrient deficiencies 

Gut Health Optimization.

Support microbiome, Address gut imbalances

Digestive Support.

Digestive enzymes, HCL support 

Identify Food Sensitivities.

Test for sensitivities, Elimination diet, FODMAPs diet

Herbal Remedies.

Anti-inflammatory herbs 

Mind-Body Therapies.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Hypnotherapy, or Guided Imagery

  1. Dietary Changes: Focus on whole, unprocessed foods and emphasize a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Avoid trigger foods such as spicy foods, acidic foods, caffeine, alcohol, and fatty or fried foods. Eating smaller, more frequent meals and avoiding eating close to bedtime can also help.
  2. Lifestyle Modifications: Encourage lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, elevating the head of the bed, and not lying down immediately after eating. Stress reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises can also be beneficial.
  3. Nutritional Support: Address any nutrient deficiencies that may contribute to GERD symptoms, such as magnesium, vitamin D, and B vitamins. Incorporate nutrient-dense foods and consider nutrient supplementation if necessary.
  4. Gut Health Optimization: Support a healthy gut microbiome with probiotics, prebiotics, and fermented foods. Address any underlying gut imbalances or dysbiosis that may be contributing to GERD symptoms.
  5. Digestive Support: Support optimal digestion with digestive enzymes and/or hydrochloric acid (HCl) supplementation if necessary. Address any digestive issues such as low stomach acid or impaired motility that may be contributing to GERD.
  6. Identifying Food Sensitivities: Conduct food sensitivity tests or implement an elimination diet to identify and remove trigger foods that may be contributing to GERD symptoms. Common culprits include gluten, dairy, soy, and certain FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols).
  7. Herbal Remedies: Consider herbal remedies such as slippery elm, marshmallow root, chamomile, or licorice root, which can help soothe the digestive tract and reduce inflammation.
  8. Mind-Body Therapies: Incorporate mind-body therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), hypnotherapy, or guided imagery to address psychological factors that may contribute to GERD, such as stress, anxiety, or emotional eating habits.

Am I a Candidate for a Holistic Treatment for GERD?

Our team at Index takes a holistic treatment approach for GERD by looking at the underlying causes and imbalances in the body that contribute to the condition, rather than just treating the symptoms. Our team of professionals include physicians, nutritionists, and health coaches who are experienced in implementing holistic treatments for GERD.  Your treatment plan can entail an approach that encompasses diet, lifestyle, supplementation, and mind-body therapies. A holistic approach for GERD can help alleviate symptoms and promote long-term digestive health and well-being. To find out more about our treatments, contact us at hello@indexclinic.com.