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The Cause and Solution of Heartburn/Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, also known as Heart Burn and GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease), is where the stomach contents come back up into the esophagus. This results in symptoms including the taste of acid in the back of the mouth, heartburn, bad breath, chest pain, vomiting, breathing problems and wearing away of the teeth. Over a long period of time, these symptoms can lead to further conditions.

Acid reflux happens when the lower esophageal sphincter fails to keep stomach acids, duodenal bile, and enzymes down, instead, they travel back into the esophagus where they often cause burning and inflammation.

Possible causes of Acid Reflux:

·      Overeating

·      Obese or overweight

·      Pregnancy

·      Smoking

·      Having a hiatus hernia, when the stomach bulges up into the chest through a hernia in the diaphragm.

·      Taking certain medications (including antibiotics, blood pressure medications, nitroglycerin, osteoporosis drugs, pain relievers, antihistaminescalcium channel blockersantidepressants, and sleeping medication.)

Eating foods that increase stomach acid including coffee, alcohol, chocolate, fatty foods, acidic foods, onion, garlic and spicy foods.

The good news is that acid reflux can be treated via lifestyle and diet changes. Although some will recommend medications, and sometimes surgery it is not necessarily the only option.

10 Lifestyle Changes to treat and prevent Acid Reflex include:

1.     Shed excess weight. Every human body has its own natural body weight, once you remove the things causing us to gain weight, your body will shed excess. See me regarding a Weight Loss Program.

2.     Don’t lie down for three hours after eating.

3.     Quit smoking. See me regarding a Nutrition Program to help with cravings. It may sound surprising but the more nutrition you are getting into your body (which can be done easily with green juice) your body will naturally stop craving cigarettes.

4.     Drink Apple cider vinegar. Acid reflux typically results from having too little acid in your stomach. You can easily improve the acid content of your stomach by taking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water.

5.     Drink aloe vera. The juice of the aloe plant naturally helps reduce inflammation, which eases symptoms of acid reflux. Drink about 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice before a meal three times per day.

6.     Drink ginger tea. Ginger has been traditionally used against gastric disturbances since ancient times.

7.     Drink chamomile tea. It helps to soothe stomach inflammation and help you sleep.

8.     Eat smaller meals.

9.     Consume more fiber. Fiber can help reduce heartburn symptoms by aiding the overall gastrointestinal tract, from the esophagus to the colon. Check out Tiger Nuts for fiber.

10.  Incorporate a probiotic.

Surgery should only be considered an option for those who do not improve with these lifestyle change measures.

Fun facts About:

·      In the Western world, between 10 and 20% of the population is affected by Acid Reflux.

·      The condition was first described in 1935 by the American gastroenterologist Asher Winkelstein. The classic symptoms had been described earlier in 1925.

References:

1.     Dr. Mercola https://articles.mercola.com/home-remedies-heartburn-acid-reflux-ulcer.aspx

2.     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastroesophageal_reflux_disease

3.     Read more: http://www.oprah.com/health/dr-oz-how-to-stop-heartburn/all#ixzz4x1eHXBiT

4.     https://draxe.com/heartburn-remedies/

Contact us at https://www.completewellnessnyc.com/ to find out more about our nutritional offerings, and how Liana can help you with your acid reflux.