preventative care

April 14, 2011

Treating Acid Reflux

If you suffer from acid reflux you likely will do anything for a cure. You’ve frankly had enough punishment when all you’ve done was eat. That’s what you’re supposed to do, right? So why is it that every time you consume one of your favorite foods you are met with an ungodly burning sensation that can start in the lower abdomen and resonate all the way to the throat? It just doesn’t seem worth it. If this is the price that you must pay for simply eating, you’d rather not eat at all. Then what do you do? There is no alternative so you just bite the bullet, eat the foods you love and deal with the suffering when it arises. There just has to be another way.

Great news for you, there is. There is a way to treat acid reflux so that you may continue to provide your body with the nutrients it needs from food without suffering consequences for eating. First you should understand what the body goes through that causes your acid reflux. Your acid reflux is a result of hyperactive acids and enzymes in your stomach that escape the stomach when the valve that is the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) neglects to close after food passes through it. When this valve remains open, the acids that should remain in the stomach make their way to the esophagus causing heartburn, nausea, regurgitation and other acid reflux symptoms.

There are triggers that are more likely to onset acid reflux if you neglect to avoid them at all cost. Though there are treatments to soothe acid reflux after it arises, it is much better to stop acid reflux before it gets started. Try preventative care. Be mindful of what you eat. Keep a food log. In this food log write down what eat and see if acid reflux happens after eating these foods. If you notice that certain foods are causing you to experience acid reflux eliminate these foods from your diet immediately.

If you are actively experiencing acid reflux here are a few ways to treat it:

  • Drink water. Drinking water is more vital to getting your control of your acid reflux than you can imagine. Water aids in food digestion while stabilizing stomach acids. Opt for water in place of carbonated drinks.
  • Chewing gum, believe it or not, is also good. Chewing gum is a great digestive aid. Chewing gum causes the raid production of saliva which acts similar to water by diluting stomach acids ultimately lessening the likelihood of acid reflux.
  • Try ginger. Ginger consumed in any form has been known to work wonders for acid reflux disease. Put ginger in a tea, have it candied if it?s easier to consume that way for you or visit your local vitamin shop and have it in capsule form.
  • Eat apples. Apples are great at eliminating acid reflux. Keep an apple on you at all times and just watch the benefits.

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