EFFECTIVE REMEDIES FOR ACID REFLUX
Are you suffering from acid reflux and heartburn problem?
Don’t worry you are not alone because there are so many people who are facing this problem. Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux. The problem is pretty painful in which you feel burning on throat and chest. According to study of Dent J. in U.S, there are 14 – 20% adults those have some form of reflux 1.
Another similar research of Kahrilas resulted that in U.S 7% people suffered in heartburn daily 2 and 20 – 40% of these people those are facing regular heartburn have disease which is known as Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). This is common in those people who have digestive disorder 3.
WHAT IS ACID REFLUX?
According to MAYO Clinic, heartburn and GERD occurs when your stomach releases acid by any reason through esophagus tube, this tube is connected from mouth to stomach. And when we eat something our food passes through this tube to reach in stomach. And that acid will be the cause of heartburn and Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) 4.
Most common dangerous causes of acid reflux are:
- Taking excessive meal
- Lying down after taking meal
- Late-night snacks
- Over eating of tomato, chocolate, garlic, onion, oily and spicy food
- During pregnancy
- Intake of tea, coffee and carbonated drinks in large amount
- Medicines such as: ibuprofen, aspirin, blood pressure medications and body relaxant
Above are some causes that can be the reason of acid reflux, always try to eat healthy meal in balanced quantity.
SYMPTOMS OF ACID REFLUX
There are some following symptoms that you may feel while suffering acid reflux.
- Heartburn as burning in chest and throat normally after eating
- Problem in swallowing
- Feeling lump in throat
- Sleeping difficulty
- Dry cough
- Chronic sore throat
NATURAL WAYS TO STOP HEARTBURN AND ACID REFLUX
Everyone wants to avoid medication, treat your acid reflux with these natural ingredients with no side effects. But make sure if you have any serious symptoms such as heart pain, breathing, left hand pain. These symptoms can be cause of heart attack that’s why visit to doctor immediately.
SAY NO TO OVEREATING
We usually take meal until our stomach over filled. The meal entered by mouth and passes through esophagus. Esophagus is a tube and it opens naturally when we swallow and close when meal reached into stomach completely, that is why over filled stomach stay esophagus tube open from below and then release acid. The flow of acid comes up by esophagus tube and create problem, such as heart burning, acidity and GERD 5.
Graphical report from National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) 6.
“SO THE FIRST STEP IS TO CHANGE IN EATING HABIT TRY TO EAT LESS”
TAKE LOW CARB DIET
If you will take low carb diet it will helps you in reduction of acid reflux and heart burn problem. Indigestible carbs can be cause of overgrowth of bacteria in the stomach and discharge acid. Intake of too much carbs in your diet will make your abdomen gassy also create bloating and acidic belch 7 8 9 10.
EAT 3 HOURS BEFORE GOING TO BED
Lie down right after eating is very bad and dangerous habit for stomach because food takes some time for digestion. According to studies the three hours gap is must important between eating and going to sleep 13.
When you take meal and sleep, the food will stuck in stomach and discharge acid that will be cause of acidity heartburn and others 14.
If you follow all above tips then you will probably not suffer in acid reflux but for some reason you have been suffered, then try following instant ways. There are some instant ways that will helps you to relief acid reflux quickly.
1. Chew Gum
Because it has bicarbonate active which is the most effective in this situation 18.
Chew gum increases the production of saliva which helps to clear the acid from esophagus.
However, it has no ability to decrease the reflux by itself.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda is often use in bakery items but it will also good in heartburn. Sodium bicarbonate consist of antacid agent which has the power to immediately relief in the acidity and burning problem 19.
- Take baking soda (one-half of one teaspoon)
- Water (1 cup)
- Add baking soda with water and mix then drink quickly.
It will relief the problem instantly.
Note: This is not for high blood pressure patients, because sodium can be harmful for high blood pressure patients.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is the best remedy to reduce acid reflux. It will also maintain your stomach function and prevent you from bacteria. Make sure take it in small amount and should be dissolved in water 20.
- Apple cider vinegar uncooked organic and unfiltered (1 to 2 teaspoons)
- Warm water (1 cup)
- Mix vinegar into warm water then drink.
- Drink 20 to 30 minutes before taking a meal
4. Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera contains high properties such as anti-inflammatory and healing actives. It will reduce the stomach inflammation and also great for anti-reflux and burning sensations. It will clean your stomach 21.
Drink 1 quarter aloe Vera juice 20 minutes before eating meal.
Note: Do not drink Aloe juice in high amount because it can create some internal problems.
Acid reflux is the most common problem, whenever you feel some serious symptoms such as breathing problem and heart pain consult with doctor immediately. While using any above remedy, if you will feel irritation or some other problem then do not use again maybe it will not for you.
But the best way is to eat less, do exercise, keep gap for 3 hours after eating before going to bed, avoid late night snacks and always add 1 portion of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
If you will manage your diet you don’t need to take any medication and remedy.
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