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January 28, 2011

Indigestion Relief

Indigestion relief and eating right go hand in hand. Indigestion isn’t caused from any one food more than it is simply from over eating and lying down on a full belly.

It is no secret that the Western pattern diet and it’s ‘food pyramid’ were both designed to sell food, not nurture or preserve optimum health.

There are super foods, good foods, neutral foods and poor foods. The Standard American Diet (SAD), promotes mostly ‘sad’,¬†poor and neutral foods at best.

The result is millions of Americans are looking for digestive relief every day. Fact is 65% of Americans are overweight and about 37% are obese because of foods laden with empty calories, food additives and sugar.

All of these processed food types from super markets and fast food franchises tax the body of vital enzymes, vitamins and minerals, which leads to indigestion and poor health.

In fact indigestion is a symptom of poor diet and failing health.

When seeking relief for indigestion, be careful not to take any antacid gimmicks that cover your symptoms . . . that isn’t real relief. Real relief means your indigestion isn’t going to spring up again or get worse. Antacids have been proven useless and in fact are suspected of making indigestion symptoms eventually worse.

The best way to relieve indigestion is by resorting to eating less, but more often and eating more raw plant-based foods that will alkalize your inner terrain.

The SAD diet depletes you of enzymes, vitamins and their co-factors like potassium and magnesium. Cooked foods require that you make your own enzymes to break down the food into nutrients. Raw plant-based foods carry their own enzymes thus saving yours.

Relief for indigestion is simple but it takes commitment and courage to make the needed dietary and lifestyle changes. Don’t wimp out for the temporary kind of relief, simply cure your indigestion and optimize your health too.

Drinking half your weight in ounces with naturally alkaline water is a great way to improve digestion and relief digestive issues, just be sure to only drink fluids in-between meals to conserve digestive juices . . .that goes for fruits too, it best to eat them in-between meals.

Snacking all day, reducing the size of your meals, hydrating with natural mineral water and eating more raw plants based foods is the key to indigestive relief . . .because you’ll rarely if ever even need relief because you’ll never have indigestion again.

 

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

Acid Reflux Relief

 

 

 

 

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January 26, 2011

Natural Treatment For Gas Belching Heartburn

If you’re searching for a natural treatment for gas, belching and heartburn, look no further! There are a huge number of ways you can neutralize heartburn and its associated symptoms without reaching for a bottle of pills.

1. Ginger¬†is an age old remedy for all types of stomach ailments, including heartburn, gas and belching. It can be found in tea or candied forms and is equally effective across all mediums. If you’re experiencing heartburn, simply drink a glass of ginger tea, or eat a few pieces of candied ginger to help relieve the pain.

2. Modify your eating habits. If you’re a sucker for that fifth cup of coffee, extra onion on your burger, or extra lemon juice in your tea, you may want to rethink things. Coffee, garlic, onion, citrus and alcohol are all common causes of heartburn and indigestion. Additionally, you can modify your eating habits by watching how much you eat how often. If you’re in the habit of eating a lot just a few times a day, try the opposite and see how that helps. Eating less, more can help your body better deal with the food it’s given, preventing acid buildup and subsequent gas and heartburn.

3. Try drinking a glass of water. The water will help to dilute harmful stomach acids and flush out your digestive system. For extra benefits, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to the water. This will help to neutralize stomach acids and bring fast relief from gas and heartburn pain.

4. Aloe vera juice is also helpful to some people when it comes to relieving heartburn and the associated belching and gas. A quarter of a cup before or after meals can help neutralize acids. However, it’s important to note that this is aloe vera juice, not gel. Aloe vera gel should never be consumed as it can cause additional digestive problems. Only drink aloe vera juice that is labeled as juice and meant for consumption.

5. Exercise regularly. Not only will this routine help you to maintain better health, but it will provide a stress release, which will keep stomach acids from building up.

6. This leads us to stress relief. Stress is a major cause of heartburn and indigestion. So, focus on reducing your stress levels to provide heartburn relief. Go for a walk, take up yoga or meditation, practice deep breathing, listen to soothing music or get a massage. Doing these types of things will help you to keep stress at bay, and provide a natural way to deal with your heartburn.

7. Papaya can also help relieve your gas, belching and heartburn symptoms. Papaya contains a digestive enzyme that helps your body break food down and prevents the buildup of stomach acids.

8. Some people have even found success with naturally relieving heartburn by eating an apple before or after each meal. Apparently, at least for some, an apple a day really does keep the doctor away.

These are just a few suggestions for natural treatment for gas, belching and heartburn. For more information, visit refluxremedy.com.

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January 21, 2011

Hiatal Hernia Symptoms

It’s important to know and be able to identify Hiatal Hernia symptoms so that the condition can be properly treated and prevented from escalating to a state of bleeding.

Symptoms of a Hiatal Hernia often closely resemble heartburn. They include a burning sensation in the chest, acid reflux (or stomach acids making their way up into your mouth), burping, hiccups and chest pain. However, this chest pain is different from the chest pain of a heart attack and it’s vital to differentiate between the two.

Hiatal Hernia chest pain is often the result of spasms due to the displaced stomach. The pain can be extreme, but it is often just pain, or pain accompanied by heartburn symptoms. The pain of a heart attack is often accompanied by shortness of breath and pain or numbness in an arm or hand. Knowing and understanding what these different symptoms indicate can be the difference between life and death. If you’re experiencing chest pain associated with shortness of breath, seek medical attention immediately.

Causes

A Hiatal Hernia happens when a portion of the stomach becomes displaced, and is forced through an opening in the diaphragm. Although it can be difficult to point to specific causes, some risk factors that may make you more susceptible to a Hiatal Hernia are smoking, obesity, and aging.

Hiatal Hernias that occur in younger children or infants are often a congenital condition that they were born with.

Solutions

Hiatal Hernias are rarely serious conditions, but shouldn’t be ignored. They can often be somewhat painful, and so should be dealt with promptly. Surgery is seldom necessary, as your body can often heal itself of a Hiatal Hernia. However, there are a number of things you can do to help speed the healing process up.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a Hiatal Hernia, eat smaller meals, but do so more often. That way you’re giving your body the same amount of nutrition, just over a longer period of time, so that it can better digest the food and extract nutrients from it without getting overly stressed. This helps reduce the impact of eating on your already strained digestive tract.

Also, don’t eat right before you lay down. This will help prevent food from gathering in your stomach, and moving back up into your esophagus where it can cause irritation. You really shouldn’t eat less than two hours before bed if you are battling heartburn or a Hiatal Hernia. That way you won’t have any food or acid lying in wait when you do decide to go to bed.

Additionally, quit smoking. Smoking is very detrimental to your health, including your digestive system. Quitting will help your body heal at a more natural rate, and will help prevent a future Hiatal Hernia from occurring.

You can also reduce stress in your life to help your hernia heal. Although stress can’t be directly blamed as a cause for Hiatal Hernias, it can certainly hinder your body’s ability to heal from one. It tends to cause an overproduction of stomach acid, which can irritate your esophagus and stomach, slowing the healing process. So, do things to help yourself relax, like getting a massage or adding regular exercise to your routine. These things will help you tom maintain a healthy mind and body.

For more information on Hiatal Hernia symptoms, visit refluxremedy.com today!

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Foods That Trigger Acid Reflux and Heartburn

There are a number of foods that trigger acid reflux and heartburn. Although everyone is different certain foods cause acid reflux more often, and more commonly, than others. Additionally, how much you eat, and when you eat can also trigger the effects of acid reflux.

Traditionally, onions, garlic, highly acidic fruits and juices (like citrus), caffeine and alcohol are all known to cause some type of heartburn (mild or severe) in a vast number of people. Additionally, foods that are difficult to digest like fatty foods (fast food), whole milk products, and ground beef can also cause some level of heart burn.

However, you may have your own triggers that upset your stomach a great deal, but don’t bother anyone else. To help you identify these causes, keep a food journal. That just means you should write down what you eat, when you eat, and how much you ate each time you sit down for a meal or a snack. That will help you to know exactly what you’ve eaten in the last few hours since your most recent bout of heartburn. If there are any trends, you’ll be able to easily point to them because you’ve been keeping track of your meals.

Regardless of what you’re eating, you can still get a mean case of heartburn if you eat too much of it. Have you ever heard of too much of a good thing? If you flood your stomach with food all at once, that sends it into acid production overdrive, and you may find that an upset stomach is the least of your problems. Keep this from happening by eating smaller meals more often. That way you’re still getting the same amount of nutrition, but you’re making it easier for your digestive system to process.

Additionally, when you eat can impact your heartburn pain. If you eat too close to bed time, or right before you lie down for a nap, that can be a sure fire way to trigger acid reflux, even if you just ate some whole grain toast, something that shouldn’t cause heartburn in the first place. This is because when you lay down, gravity can no longer help your body keep food down in the stomach. That allows acid and food to wander up into your esophagus, which results in pain and irritation. So, just try not to eat so close to bed time. Food should be consumed two hours or more prior to lying down to avoid an attack of acid indigestion. If this rule can’t be followed, then try propping yourself up with an extra pillow to provide your body with something resembling a more natural alignment of your digestive tracts, and attempt to keep foods down in your stomach where they belong.

If you’re looking for more information about foods that trigger acid reflux and heartburn, why they trigger those conditions, and how you can naturally relieve those symptoms, check out The Reflux Remedy Report. It contains a whole host of information about heartburn, as well as holistic tips and tricks for being heartburn free. Visit refluxremedy.com today to learn more.

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