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April 6, 2011

Treatment For Acid Reflux Disease

Acid reflux disease affects thousands of people every day. Sufferers of this disease know all too well how living with this disease can affect their lifestyle and ultimately their livelihood. It is very important to discover the cause of your acid reflux condition so that you may seek the proper treatment. Acid reflux doesn’t manifest in one way in every sufferer. Though sufferers often complain of similar symptoms, there are those instances where those with acid reflux find that it manifest in their bodies uniquely.

Most people with acid reflux may or may not be aware that there may be aspects of your lifestyles from habits to foods you eat that may be acid reflux triggers. The quicker you determine the cause of acid reflux the most efficiently you’ll be able in determining a solution.

In general, acid reflux takes place when the acids from your stomach escape the stomach and enters the esophagus. The cells walls of the esophagus are very sensitive to your stomach acids. When the walls of your esophagus are met by your stomach acids the result is usually a burning sensation or discomfort that is most commonly referred to as heartburn. Heartburn is a direct affect of your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) which is located at the bottom of the esophagus and the top of the stomach neglecting to close and serve as a barrier after food passes through the esophagus. This allows your stomach acids to leak out into the esophagus.

Treatment for this condition varies and most acid reflux disease care is preventative. You may notice that you suffer from acid reflux after consuming a large meal or when you lie down immediately after eating. To prevent acid reflux from happening in this instance you may want to consider eating smaller meals several times a day and eating at least two hours before lying down. Eating smaller meals allows for the stomach acids to breakdown lesser portions which could eliminate the risk of your stomach acids becoming hyperactive.

Try keeping a log of foods that you eat and make note of any acid reflux symptoms that you may experience after eating these foods. Foods such as tomatoes, raw onion, ground beef, fried chicken, french fries, buffalo wings, chocolate and other fatty foods are more commonly known to be acid reflux triggers while foods like apples, broccoli, carrots, salads, goat cheese skinless chicken breast, extra-lean ground beef and baked potato are less likely to be listed on your trigger list.

Increase your water intake. Water is great for combating acid reflux. Not only does water do an excellent job at stabilizing stomach acids, it also soothes the esophagus lining if there is acid reflux damage.

Try ginger. Ginger, in any form, has been discovered to greatly reduce acid reflux.

Chew gum. Chewing gum after meals is not only great for dental care; it also is great in aiding with digestion. Chewing gum stimulates the production of saliva which can help dilute stomach acids.

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