November 9, 2010

Heartburn Reflux

Chances are, if you have ever been kept up late at night by a burning sensation in your chest, you are one of the millions of people that suffer from heartburn and acid reflux. Heartburn Reflux, also known as gastro esophageal reflux is an irritating and sometimes painful condition that is caused when the stomach’s contents (both food and liquid) leak back into the chest, irritating and inflaming the esophagus.

This condition is something that many people struggle with and spend millions of dollars in prescription and over the counter medications to alleviate. It’s true that if left untreated the excess acid flowing backwards in your digestive system can cause erosion of certain tissues and result in more major symptoms and conditions. However, if chemical medications or medical treatments are not working for you, there are many great natural ways to help alleviate your symptoms and help stem your heartburn reflux.

One of the easiest ways to help reduce excess stomach acid is to make slight changes in your diet. It is projected that the best diet for self managing your acid indigestion is one that is eighty percent alkaline non-acidic foods and only twenty percent foods that are high in acid or lower than seven on the pH scale.

Staying away from foods that are high in acid can prevent more acid from being pumped into your stomach on top of what your body naturally makes. Also, the alkaline foods (which make up most of your diet if managed correctly) are a great resource for neutralizing some of the natural acids your body reduces which only further helps reduce your symptoms.

Foods you should avoid on a low acid diet include things such as citrus, berries, melons, fish, foods with high spice content and most condiments. Condiments such as ketchup and mustard are highly acidic and can easily irritate your condition, while condiments such as mayonnaise and olive oils are more basic although they should be still used sparingly because of their high fat content.

If you are looking for some great at home remedies for managing your heartburn reflux, you should consider reading Bob Barton’s new project, Reflux Remedy Report. It is full of great information and tools for those of us who know that making simple changes to your life can have greater effects than taking costly medications and undergoing risky and optional surgeries. Listed in this resource are many simple and inexpensive techniques for managing your condition.

For example, did you know that sleeping with your head inclined on an extra pillow or two can help prevent night time reflux? Having your head a little higher than normal creates a downward angle for your body and puts your head in position over your stomach. This allows gravity to naturally keep the acid in your stomach and prevents most of it from backing up into your esophagus. Also, learning to manage your stress levels is a great way to keep extra acid from being produced, giving you relief from the heartburn reflux condition.

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