Is it Really Acid Reflux?

acid reflux 0_21_450_082708_acid_refluxThat burning, burping feeling after meals or when you lie down in bed may or may not be true acid reflux.

Instead of drinking liquids with your food, drink between meals. Thirst warning signals can mimic symptoms of hunger pain.  So if you drink some water or other healthy beverage it can really help with hunger pain, since you may really just be  thirsty. Additionally, you will help to minimize the amount of acid that is produced between meals.

Resting for 60 minutes post-meal is key. You should avoid moving. The reason for this is that you hope your acid remains in your stomach. A lot of activity shortly after eating may encourage the “burps” and compound the reflux issue.

OTC heartburn meds imagesAvoid rebound acid reflux!  Without a physicians diagnosis use extreme care when using over the counter [OTC] acid reducers.  It is possible that they will lower stomach acids to the level that triggers the body to make even more stomach acids, which can make you feel worse and lead you to take more OTC in a cycle that could end up with a more serious condition such as a bleeding ulcer.  Remember the OTC are for occasional use only.

Don’t self diagnose! If you believe you may have this condition due to symptoms, such as stomach discomfort and regurgitation, then you should talk to your doctor. A lot of other conditions, such as ulcers and types of heart disorders, resemble the effects of acid reflux. Even the opposite of acid reflux — low stomach acid can mimic some symptoms!  Your doctor may wish to run a battery of tests to make a firm diagnosis.

place setting with quesion on plate imagesKeep a “heartburn” list.  What do you eat? How do you feel afterward? Reflux sufferers often have a trigger food that can really aggravate symptoms. Identifying your own trigger can help you avoid those foods in the evening when reflux is more likely to be an issue.

Evening reflux tips:  Many evening reflux sufferers have had success in reducing interference with their sleep by raising the head of their bed on 4 inch blocks.  Another simple trick is to eat a couple slides of Red Delicious Apple just before bed. [Seems that the red delicious works best.]

apple red imagesNow you have more information about acid reflux and how to prevent it. You should figure out what is causing your acid reflux and find an efficient solution. Follow the tips presented here to feel better right away.