December 23, 2010

Calm Acid Reflux

For the many people who feel the burn, ways to calm acid reflux are often at the fore front of their minds. What can you do to relieve the pain, the burning, the burping and indigestion? Actually, there’s quite a bit you can do, and a lot of it doesn’t require a trip to the doctor’s office.

Why medications might not be the answer

Over the counter antacids can help with the occasional acid reflux, but they are in no way meant to be taken over an extended period. In fact, none of them are meant to be taken for more than two weeks without doctor supervision, even though some of the commercials may make statements like “By day 14 I was acid reflux free!

Prescription medicines can be helpful as they target specific areas. For example, one type of prescription medication will stop the production of stomach acid, while others will block the acid production process altogether. These can be a good solution as they target specifically what is causing your acid reflux, however it’s an expensive solution. You’ll be tied to a prescription that has to be refilled every month for the rest of your life. With the cost of drugs going up all the time, and insurances constantly pulling back how much they’ll cover, it can become a huge financial commitment rather quickly.

So, what are your other options?

What you can do to calm acid reflux

Calming acid reflux can actually be easier than you might think. Here are a few tips you can try at home before or during an acid reflux attack.

  • Drink water, and lots of it. A large glass of water can often be very helpful when it comes to relieving pain from acid reflux. Something this simple may seem like it’s just too easy, but the water helps to dilute acids in your stomach and wash them through your digestive system more quickly, so they can’t cause as much irritation and damage.
    • Additionally, try mixing a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in the water to help prevent an attack of acid reflux. If you’re already experiencing it, just swallow the apple cider vinegar undiluted for faster relief.
  • Teas can also be quite helpful in calming the stomach and soothing acid reflux. Ginger, Fennel and Chamomile teas are all known to settle indigestion and help cool a stomach burning associated with acid reflux.
  • Eat an apple. The saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away didn’t come without any basis of truth. Some people have found an apple before or after a meal helps prevent or get rid of acid reflux.
  • Try papaya. Papaya has a digestive enzyme that assists in breaking down food, which prevents acid buildup. Taking a papaya enzyme tablet immediately before or after a meal can help prevent reflux, while taking one during an attack can help soothe it.

Explore these and many other natural ways to calm acid reflux in The Reflux Remedy Report. There you’ll find countless holistic remedies for heartburn and the reasons they work. Visit refluxremedy.com today to find out more.

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December 16, 2010

Can You Tell the Difference Between Heartburn and Angina?

Chest pain can be a very worrisome symptom, and rightfully so. It?s a symptom of a whole host of medical conditions, a few of which can be fatal if it?s ignored. However, some conditions associated with chest pain are pretty benign. For example, heartburn and angina both involve chest pain, but leaving one of them untreated can be a fatal mistake. So, what is the difference between heartburn and angina, and how can you tell which one you?re suffering from?

Similarities and differences

Both heartburn and angina (a heart attack) present with chest pain, but that?s pretty much where the similarities end.

Heartburn pain is generally described as a burning sensation that radiates from the chest up into the neck. It can sometimes be accompanied by reflux, or the feeling of food or liquid in your throat or mouth, a bitter taste in your mouth, burping, hiccupping and just a general feeling of indigestion. These feelings increase after eating, or after lying down.

Angina pain is more of a pressure or feeling of heaviness in your chest, associated with a whole host of other symptoms. The symptoms often come on very suddenly. They include:

? Shortness of breath

? The pain or a numbing sensation may spread to your shoulders or arm

? Fatigue

? Sweating

? Lightheadedness

When dealing with these two very different conditions, it?s important to listen to, and understand your body?s signals so that you can respond accordingly. Heartburn is nothing that you need to rush to the emergency room for, but angina is.


If you think you are experiencing angina, walk away from the computer right now! Go to the hospital immediately! Immediate medical attention is the only thing that can help relieve chest pain due to angina.

Heartburn pain is a little easier to deal with. It can be treated naturally and dealt with fairly quickly to minimize discomfort. For example:

? Something as simple as drinking a large glass of water can often help soothe heartburn pain. It works by flushing acids out of the stomach, keeping them from doing further damage and causing irritation. Additionally, mixing the water with a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar can help speed pain relief to the area.

? Some people have even found relief from just eating an apple during a heartburn attack.

? Various teas like ginger, chamomile and fennel have also been shown to settle acid indigestion and help soothe fiery stomachs.

? To prevent heartburn attacks, avoid foods you?ve noticed that upset your stomach. Common ones include garlic, onions, caffeine, alcohol and citrus fruits that are full of natural acids.

? Try eating smaller meals, but more often, rather than just a few large meals every day. This helps prevent your stomach from overproducing acid to try to digest the massive amount of food you just threw at it.

Hopefully you?re now armed with information and can respond accordingly if you ever experience chest pain due to one of these two medical problems. However, there?s defiantly more to it than what?s provided in this small article, so for more information please visit www.refluxremedy.com and find out more!

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