There is hope as close as the grocery store for the millions of Americans who suffer from acid reflux disease and related conditions like GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. These conditions are painful to those who suffer from them, and can lead to worse conditions like ulcers and some kinds of cancer. The refluxed stomach acid causes damage to the esophageal tissues. Some sufferers have bouts of vomiting as well. Acid reflux starts as a burning sensation behind the breast bone and radiates up the neck. Millions of dollars are spent every year by the over 60 million acid reflux sufferers looking for relief from the symptoms of this condition.
Understanding the disease is part of what is needed to find relief. Acid reflux and heart burn are caused by the lower esophageal sphincter being damaged, weakened orthe opening at wrong times to allow stomach acid to get into the esophagus. It is most common among older people and pregnant women, but can affect infants and others as well. Poor physical condition and stress can trigger acid reflux. Poor diets filled with junk food and colas can make the condition worse, as can overuse of alcohol. For others, eating a large meal close to bedtime can trigger acid reflux episodes. There are over the counter and prescription medications to help control the symptoms, but they can have side effects and can only be taken for a limited period of time.
Natural remedies and lifestyle changes are a safer and more successful way for many to find relief from acid reflux disease. Since different remedies work better for different people one may have to try a few to get the best one.
* Drink a tea of hot water and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda flavored with a little honey and lemon.
* Take small amounts of honey, lemon or vinegar.
* Take a small handful of natural almonds every morning, chewed well. They make the body more alkaline.
* Eat a red apple every day, drink apple juice for alkalinity.
* Try grapefruit juice–it is an acid that helps make the body alkaline.
* Drink lots of water. It helps the lower esophageal sphincter form a tight seal over stomach.
* Drink a small glass of milk when an acid reflux attack starts. It is a natural antacid.
* Go for brisk walks or exercise regularly to create alkalinity and release endorphins.
* Change eating habits so that you are eating smaller meals more often. Don’t eat within 3 hours of bed time.
* Ice cream can sooth the pain with cold and neutralize stomach acid with the cream.
* Herbal teas like chamomile, fennel and cinnamon act as natural antacids and relieve stress.
* Choose loose clothing over tight fitting, to give the body room to digest food.
* Eat a healthy, balanced diet that does not include highly processed, too spicy or highly acidic foods.
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