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April 26, 2011

Acid Reflux Medication

Acid reflux is a condition that plagues thousands of people every day. This condition is a result of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) neglecting to close as soon as food passes through it or the LES opens too often. The LES can be best described as a ring of muscle that is at the entrance of the stomach. When there is a malfunction and the LES opens without merit it allows for the acids and enzymes of the stomach to escape the stomach and travel upward to the esophagus where it can cause a burning sensation. If this isn’t a rare occurrence but instead happens about two times a week you are likely suffering from acid reflux disease also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

A few common symptoms that may be associated with acid reflux disease include:

  • Heartburn: This is the most common symptom of acid reflux. Heartburn is generally experienced in the chest but there have been cases where sufferers have reported burning in the abdomen and throat cavities. Heartburn is usually experienced as a pain that starts lightly and developments into a more pronounced sting. There are instances, however when the heartburn stabs often giving the affect that one is suffering from a heart attack.
  • Trouble swallowing (dyshpagia): Dysphagia occurs when there is a narrowing of the esophagus. When this happens there can be great difficulty swallowing food and drinks. The difficulty associated with eating and drinking often causes sufferers to neglect eating and drinking which can cause an onset of several other illnesses.
  • Regurgitation is another symptom of acid reflux: A sufferer is warned that regurgitation may commence when there is a sour or bitter taste in the mouth as a result of acid reflux. This bitter taste is often followed by the regurgitating of foods and liquids that were recently consumed.

These acid reflux symptoms drive most sufferers to seek out immediate reflux relief. There is no one medication or relief method that works for everybody. Sufferers are encouraged to find the medication that works best for them. Some forms of medication that can assist in treating acid reflux may be found below.

  • Start by drinking more water. Water works wonders not only for acid reflux but also for overall health. Be sure to consume lots of water daily, especially before, during and after eating. Increasing water intake helps to dilute stomach acids which in-turn eliminates the risk of reflux.
  • Look into taking reflux antacids. There are several different over the counter acid reflux antacids on the market. Try Maalox, Alka-Seltzer and Imodium to just name a few. Before considering trying the over the counter drugs you may want to exact all natural remedies beforehand.
  • Try baking soda.┬áBaking soda is a natural antacid that has been known to be just as effective as unnatural over the counter drugs. Drop a spoonful of baking soda into a glass of water and drink it down while it fizzles. Works wonders.
  • Drink aloe vera juice. Aloe vea juice, much like water has several health benefits when consumed in healthy portions. Try this out as a means to stabilize your stomach acids while soothing your esophagus.

If you’re looking for more medications for acid reflux do not hesitate to visit refluxremedy.com.

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February 7, 2011

Gastric Reflux Natural Remedies

Gastric reflux happens when acid is allowed up into the esophagus, resulting in heartburn pain, belching, hiccups and sometimes acid in the mouth, which leaves a bitter our sour taste behind.

Causes

If you understand what causes gastric reflux, you can be better prepared to deal with the problem naturally.

One cause is certain types of food. Things that are hard to digest like whole milk and ground beef, acidic foods like lemons and oranges, and some vegetables like onions are very common causes of reflux and heartburn. You may react differently to these common foods, and might even have some not so common triggers of your own. It can be helpful to keep track of what you eat, so that the next time you have a flare up of gastric reflux you can identify its cause, and then avoid that food, eliminating your reflux at its root.

Another cause of gastric reflux is certain types of vitamins. Things like iron and calcium are particularly difficult to digest, so the body creates additional acid in an attempt to break them down, which causes pain and reflux. If you need these supplements, try to find more easily digestible ones, or simply add additional dairy or red meat to your diet to get them naturally.

Stress is another culprit for gastric reflux. Reducing your stress levels can greatly reduce the occurrences of gastric reflux in your life. Stress causes the body to overproduce acids, which again causes pressure to build and pain to result.

Additionally how much you eat can result in gastric reflux. Would it be Thanksgiving without heartburn after the meal? Yes, it would. Thanksgiving and special occasions aside, eating large meals on a regular basis can make digestion difficult for your body. So it deals with it the best way it knows how, by producing more and more acid to help break the extra food down. Of course, this extra acid comes with a side of reflux and pain for you.

Solutions

Aside from handling the aforementioned causes, there are a number of things you can do to naturally address gastric reflux, especially if it’s already in full swing.

One of the easiest ways to literally wash your gastric reflux away is by drinking a glass of water. This helps to flush excess acid out of your digestive tract.

Another method you can try is drinking a quarter of a cup of aloe vera juice. You can even do this before a meal if you suspect the meal might stir up trouble for you later in the evening. Use caution when applying this method though. Make sure you drink aloe vera juice and not gel. There is a difference! Gel is not meant for consumption and can have some adverse effects on your digestion. Only drink aloe vera juice that is labeled for consumption.

Things like apples and almonds have also helped dissolve the acids in some people’s stomachs.

Even papaya can prove very helpful when combating gastric reflux. It contains a digestive enzyme that helps the body break down the food you consume, and keeps acids from building up, which keeps gastric reflux pain at bay.

For more gastric reflux natural remedies, visit refluxremedy.com.

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