September 16, 2011

Indigestion Remedy

Acid Reflux Disease or gastro-esophageal reflux is where the lower esophageal sphincter, located at the entrance of your stomach, does not close all the way, or it opens too often. This can cause the acid from your stomach to move up into your esophagus causing damage and heartburn.

Symptoms of acid reflux disease include:

  • heartburn
  • bloating
  • dysphagia or narrowing of the esophagus
  • bloody vomit or stool
  • unexplained weight loss.

Frequent heartburn is a good indicator that you may have acid reflux. It is important to talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms for more than two weeks.

Some of the contributing factors to reflux include: being obese or overweight, eating large meals before bed, pregnancy, drinking alcohol, coffee, tea, or eating foods like tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, spicy or fatty foods, smoking, and some medications can even be the cause of your acid reflux symptoms. Understanding what contributes too, and what the symptoms are will help you manage your disease.

Along with education, natural remedies also exist to help you with reflux, some of these include:

  • Milk and 7-up: The alkaline nature of the milk neutralizes the acid in the stomach and the carbonation of the 7-up helps release excess gas build-up. You would drink this tonic as often as necessary for immediate relief.
  • Baking Soda and water: Three teaspoons combined in a half-glass of water will help keep the acid already in your esophagus to a minimum. Secondly, they provide a great cleansing action to help coat and protect the lining of your stomach, gut, and intestinal tracts. Persons who suffer not only from reflux, but upset stomach will also receive relief from this remedy.

Maintenance is also a critical factor in controlling your acid reflux disease:

  • Herbal Teas: Teas not including caffeine or citrus will help regulate the amount of water, nutrients and natural antibiotics in your body. This is one of the first steps to long term maintenance of acid reflux disease.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: This cider is used for long term maintenance of acid reflux disease, and shouldn?t be taken if you are currently experiencing an episode of reflux. Cider should be drank pure, or mixed with water to tolerate, and should be consumed before bed, before meals, or anytime in which you are not having an episode In the long run, the apple cider can help reduce the level of hydrochloric acid in your stomach, and will also help it breakdown foods and foodstuffs you consume.

Acid reflux disease is quite painful and often disrupts your life. The natural remedies mentioned above are only a temporary relief and should be discussed with your doctor prior to use. One should consider other mundane and physical conditions that can also prompt acid reflux, such as trigger foods, high stress environments, and eating proper portions of food. Acid reflux, like any other disease requires a maintenance plan, and is something that your doctor, dietitian or naturopath consultant should go over with you. For more information on ways to remedy your indigestion be sure to visit Reflux Remedy at today!

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August 26, 2011

Causes of Indigestion

Indigestion is also known as dyspepsia. It is used to describe a few different conditions. Some of these are a sensation of fullness during or following a meal that is uncomfortable, as well as acid reflux, also known as heartburn. Indigestion is an uncomfortable yet common condition. For some people it occurs after almost every meal. It is treated as a natural occurrence, but it can be an indicator of a serious condition.

Sometimes indigestion is the result of a serious medical condition:

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD — This condition occurs when the sphincter that connects the esophagus to the stomach malfunctions and stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. The acid erodes away the lining of the esophagus and, if left untreated, can even lead to cancer of the esophagus.
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease — A peptic ulcer is a sore or raw spot that develops in the lining of the stomach, the esophagus or the small intestine. Ulcers are usually caused by a bacterial infection due to H. pylori bacteria, and can also be caused by some medications.
  • Cancer — As frightening as it is, sometimes the first symptom of stomach cancer is indigestion. If you have indigestion and cannot identify a reason, or if cancers of the stomach or other digestive organs run in your family, speak with your doctor to rule it out.
  • Pancreatitis — Sometimes inflammation of the pancreas can lead to indigestion symptoms. Pancreatitis can be caused by gallstones or by chronic alcoholism.

Sometimes indigestion occurs because of lifestyle behaviors that can be changed:

Eating meals that are overly large can cause indigestion. When the stomach becomes overly full, the sphincter relaxes, allowing food and stomach acid to seep into the lower intestine. This can be prevented by eating several smaller meals throughout the day, rather than three huge ones.

Smoking can also cause indigestion, because the smoke irritates the esophagus. In addition to helping ease the indigestion, quitting smoking will help your health in a number of other ways. If you are smoking, now is an excellent time to speak with your doctor for help quitting.

People who are overweight are often prone to indigestion. Part of this may be due to eating meals that are overly large, but the added weight also appears to put stress on the digestive system and causes the sphincter muscles to relax.

Certain beverages can lead to indigestion, including those that are caffeinated, carbonated or alcoholic. These act as irritants on the lining of the stomach and the esophagus. Cutting these out of your diet and sticking with plain water is a healthy lifestyle decision.

Medications like aspirin and ibuprofen can be quite irritating to the lining of the stomach. You may find that stopping these can provide some relief. Before stopping a medication that has been prescribed, however, have a conversation with your doctor to make sure that discontinuing it is appropriate.

Understanding what is causing your indigestion will go a long way in choosing an appropriate treatment plan. Track your symptoms and see if you can link them to a cause. If you can’t easily identify one, make an appointment with your doctor or other healthcare provider.

For more information on the causes of indigestion be sure to visit Reflux Remedy at today!

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June 17, 2011

Symptoms of Indigestion and Possible Treatments

The symptoms of indigestion can be a mild nausea, heartburn, pain in the upper abdomen, gas, a boated feeling, an acid taste in the mouth and a general, vague feeling of discomfort in the abdomen or chest. Indigestion happens during eating, drinking or chewing gum, or soon after. Things that worsen the symptoms of indigestion are obesity, smoking, constipation, eating food that hasn?t been properly cooked, eating fatty foods, an intolerance to gas forming foods like beans, members of the cabbage family or members of the onion family, too much red meat and too little fiber, too much alcohol, intolerance of certain foods and food allergies. Stress and fatigue can also worsen indigestion, as can overwork, as the body uses energy to deal with the stress and not digestion.

Taking drugs like antacids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers, cardiac drugs and drugs to stabilize blood pressure can alter the pH of the stomach, which is normally from 1.5 to 2.5. A pH of 3.5 will interfere with the action of pepsin and hydrochloric acid, both necessary for proper digestion. An abnormal pH can also suppress helpful bacteria in the gut, and lead to the overgrowth of helicobacter pylori, which can lead to peptic ulcer. Eating in stressful conditions also badly affects enzyme production, as each food needs a certain enzyme to be properly digested.

Indigestion famously might mimic the symptoms of a heart attack, with the pain radiating up the left arm and into the jaw, but it also might mask a more serious disease of the digestive track. Symptoms shouldn’t be ignored if they persist or worsen. Diseases that have similar symptoms to indigestion and to which indigestion might be a precursor include heartburn caused by ulcers in the esophagus, gallbladder disease, ulcers, gastritis, which is an inflammation or even erosion of the stomach lining, hiatal hernia, where part of the stomach protrudes into the chest, acid reflux, where stomach acid bubbles up into the esophagus, stomach cancer, and heart attack.

The best way to avoid the symptoms of indigestion is to lower stress levels, avoid foods that cause allergies or don’t digest well, cut down on alcohol consumption, relax after meals, don?t bolt meals and eat in a calm and restful environment. Situations where air is swallowed, such as chewing gum, should also be avoided.

Herbs rich in minerals and trace minerals can help with proper digestion of food. The minerals in herbs work with enzymes in the gut to help food digest properly. Among the herbs that might work for nutrient absorption are sources of fiber like aloe vera, burdock root, slippery elm and kelp, bile stimulants like dandelion root, alkalizing agents like chlorella and peppermint, sources of chlorophyll like alfalfa, nettles and watercress, and sources of beneficial bacteria like garlic, lemon peel and miso. These herbs can be taken in the form of drinks or capsules. If ulcers have developed along with indigestion, licorice root and aloe vera are among the herbs that are good for soothing them, and ginger is well known for easing nausea.

For more information on indigestion symptoms please feel free to download the Reflux Remedy Report at today!

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February 4, 2011

Acid Indigestion Cure

Big global corporations that earn more profits by putting your health on the line want you to believe there is no cure for acid indigestion.

Of course there is a cure, but only if you are willing to make changes that will reverse the acid indigestive imbalance caused from eating wrong.

Eating should come natural for all people seeing it is our main occupation in life, other than sleeping. Seriously, all living things are constantly taking in some kind of nourishment to stay alive, grow and heal.

Acid indigestion is a social experiment gone awry.

Have you ever noticed any other creature in nature suffering from acid indigestion? If you have, you can bet it was most likely table-fed industrialized food.

If a cat or dog eats something that disturbs its natural digestive balance, they drink water and chew on green leafy plants such as grass.

Why is that?

Albeit a dog or a cat’s digestive system is quite different when compared to the human digestive system, they have a carnivore’s metabolism, whereas we have an omnivore’s digestive tract. The stomach acid in the belly of a carnivore is stronger than it is in a human digestive system, plus their digestive systems are shorter than ours.

The human digestive system is designed with its own natural intelligence built right in. There is no mistaking the why and wherefore of the human digestive tract; it’s made to process highly nutritious green leafy vegetables, not all the garbage we put into it these days.

You want to know the cure for your acid indigestion? It’s simple, when you’re eating like a carnivore on steroids; you’re going to create some digestive disturbances, so you simply need to recognize the damage you’ve done and start working with that built-in intelligence again.

So is the cure for acid indigestion to crawl out in the back yard and chew some grass? Of course not . . . don’t be silly, crawling is for babies and four legged animals, you can juice your grass using high tech machinery and drink it as a meal in itself or as a digestive aid 10 minutes after meals.

The cure for acid indigestion is to not be afraid to care.

People need to learn how to care all over again so we’re more like our ancestors . . . the indigenous people of the earth.

You can cure acid indigestion by reconnecting with the indigenous genes hidden deep within your cells by simply eating right.

There are as many cures for acid indigestion as there are bad habits to cause it.

I hear all the time that people don’t have time to eat right, that they can’t afford to eat their green food sources. That’s just a lame excuse.

Fifteen pounds of wheat grass is equivalent to 350 pounds of ordinary conventionally grown vegetables (1:23 ratio). Spirulina is 80% protein; cracked chlorella is another super food rich in nutrients including high quality protein.

The list goes on . . .

The biggest animals on earth eat mostly plant-based foods . . . that should be a huge clue right there.

The cure for acid indigestion, in my book, is to simply reduce your dietary intake of animal protein to less than 10%, eat smaller portions and never eat just before laying down, go for walks, drink the ‘right’ water between meals and don’t mix foods that shouldn’t be mixed together. . .space them out a little.

The cure for acid indigestion is in your hands.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

Source: Meyerowitz, Steve (April 1999). “Nutrition in Grass”. Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine: The Complete Guide to Using Grass Foods & Juices to Revitalize Your Health (6th ed.). Book Publishing Company. pp.53. ISBN 1878736973.

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