Advice On How To Eliminate Your Acid Reflux For Good

Advice On How To Eliminate Your Acid Reflux For Good

heart burn heart indexIs acid reflux ruining your life? You might actually know the pain. Your throat burns and feels like it is on fire. However, you can find some relief by using the advice contained within this article.

The way you eat food can cause acid reflux. Some people eat fast and take in a good bit of food. You don’t want to eat this way knowing that it is going to lead to further problems. Instead of over-filling your stomach, eat until you are content. Additionally, slow down when you’re eating. Chew slowly, and even go so far as to lay down the fork every so often.

pregnancy imagesPregnant women often experience acid reflux. A growing baby can squeeze the mother’s stomach, causing acid to go up the esophagus. Stick to foods that are low in fat and acid in order to keep the symptoms from popping up. If this is not helping, look for teas that are available which help calm the esophagus while keeping the stomach acids at bay. This will not hurt the baby.

Stress serves to exacerbate acid reflux. Excess stress increases stomach acid production, which causes acid reflux. Try to engage in relaxing activities following meals. Some examples include reading, listening to music, watching television, meditating or taking a little stroll.

spicy food imagesYou can get acid reflux from a variety of foods. The list includes fatty foods, caffeinated beverages, chocolate and alcohol. You should also avoid spicy foods as much as possible. Acid reflux triggers and symptoms vary with each individual, so you must be vigilant in keeping track of your triggers. To be perfectly safe, you can avoid all of these items.

The herbal supplement slippery elm is effective in fighting effects of acid reflux on your stomach lining. This lining forms a protective barrier against acid. Adding two tablespoons of the supplement to a glass of drinking water after your meals and before bedtime seems to do the trick.

apple with slice imagesAvoid using the anti-acids on a regular basis as they can cause rebounding acid levels that will make the symptoms worse as the acid levels increase to combat the medication.  A truly vicious cycle to be avoided.  Consider eating a slice or two of a red delicious apple before bedtime.  Sounds crazy but it has helped a lot of people including me get a good nights sleep.

If you are a smoker and suffer from acid reflux, you should consider quitting. Nicotine increases stomach acid, thus, increasing bouts of acid reflux disease. Quitting cold turkey can cause stress and worsen your symptoms. Gradually quit.

heartburn chest indexThe next time you or a loved one suffers from acid reflux, you’ll know what to do. In the past it was something that you had to tolerate and prayed it would not last very long. However, you are now prepared to relieve acid reflux symptoms. Now that you are aware of excellent advice, you can rid yourself of acid reflux for good.

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.