April 21, 2008

Coping With Acid Reflux Disease

Acid Reflux Disease | OTC MedicationAcid reflux sounds like a modest disorder, common, mild and treatable. However, it has become a burden to millions of people, affecting food choices, sleep patterns, moods and activities. In fact, acid reflux can be so debilitating that it is now being considered an epidemic, affecting millions of lives.

Not only is acid reflux irritation unpleasant, but it is painful and can negatively effect daily life. If acid reflux is left untreated or is improperly treated it will yield negative complications. It can potentially lead to GERDs Disease (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and even lead to esophageal cancer.

Traditional treatments, such as OTC drugs, are usually the first thing sufferers? reach for when symptoms begin. However, these types of treatments only mask the symptoms and do not address the reason behind acid reflux disease. OTC drugs are not only ineffective in the long run, but can lead to many dangerous complications. Antacids and proton pump inhibitors can block acid levels that are necessary for proper digestion and mineral absorptions. They also contain heavy metals that, over time, can increase the risk of liver, heart, kidney and bone disease.

There is a debate among the medical community about the most effective treatment for acid reflux. Medications or natural treatments? While some OTC medication are effective for treating symptoms, there have been no long term studies that prove the effectiveness or saftey of these methods. On the other hand, it has been reported that 97% of heartburn and acid reflux symptoms can be treated with natural or alternative remedies. These remedies are in fact, highly effective and safe.

Among the first steps to alternative treatment are lifestyle changes. These changes include self-restraint, diet changes, avoiding certain foods, weight management, and a general healthier lifestyle.

It is imperative that proper natural treatment and education be a leading part of any acid reflux regime. Consult your doctor about alternative treatments for acid reflux and be sure to educate yourself.

There is no single alternative remedy that will work for everyone with acid reflux, so be sure to try a few. Try ones that you are comfortable with, but be sure to try a few first before seeking medical treatments. In extreme cases surgery may be your only option.

If you would like to learn more about Acid Reflux and alternative treatments, check out the Acid Reflux and Heartburn Remedy Report. A resource report where you can get information, tips, easy at home remedies and resources for treating acid reflux.

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May 29, 2008

Georgina Vos @ 10:40 am

Does anyone have a sore throat because of acid reflux?I seem to have a problem with swallowing since I got acid reflux.

May 30, 2008

Barbara Wilson @ 11:05 am

I also get sore throat and a cough. My husband wakes me up to tell me to take something for it. I take Diltiazem for swalling problems.

July 3, 2008

Debbie @ 6:35 am

I have suffered from reflux (at least that’s what I think it is)for 2 years. I have it all day and it only stops when I am eating and for a short time after, maybe 10 minutes. It doesn’t stop me from sleeping but generally it brings me down as it is constant. I have a dry throat and cough. I am on 40gms Nexium and it only relieves part of the systems.

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