Acid reflux affects most people in America. Making up about fifty percent here lately.
The primary symptom of acid reflux is heartburn; heartburn is a burning sensation that usually starts behind your breastbone.
Sometimes this is so severe people confuse it for a heart attack.
Acid reflux is said to be caused by excessive amounts of acid in your stomach; this is not necessarily true.
Why do people get heartburn?
Once food has passed through your esophagus into your stomach. A valve called the lower esophageal sphincter closes that prevents food and acid to move back up. When the LES malfunctions and relaxes inappropratly it allows the acids in your stomach to flow backward into your esophagus.
Acid reflux is more likely related to Hiatal hernia and Helicobacter pylori infection. These are thought to affect more than half of the world’s population.
Drug side effects.
While these conditions can cause heartburn, often it is actually caused by a side effect of some sort of medicine.
Anxiety medicine, antidepressants, antibiotics, and blood pressure medication can all cause heartburn.
If you notice that the medication you are taking is causing you to have, heartburn try assessing how you are taking it.
Avoid taking any more than the recommended amount
Try making sure you’re taking it properly. Some medications are best taken on an empty stomach while others are not.
Have your doctor review the medications you are on.
Switch to a different medication if problems persist, you could even try lowering the dosage.
Don’t go to sleep right after taking your medicine.
Drink ginger tea regularly.
How can these heartburn medications be harmful?
Most doctors will prescribe you a PPI, proton pump inhibitor, in order to get rid of your acid reflux. This will definitely block the acid production in your stomach, but that is not a good thing.
Suppressing stomach acid does not help solve the problem at all it just temporarily treats the symptoms.
PPIs are mainly supposed to be used for
and severe acid reflux, only when it has been confirmed that your esophagus is damaged.
It can worsen the H. pylori infection if that is why you are dealing with heartburn.
This is because suppressing the acid in your stomach makes your body unable to kill the heliobacteria.
This can even leave you more susceptible to food-borne illnesses and infections.
These PPIs are even addictive. You will not be able to nor should you quit taking them cold turkey. If you do not wean yourself off of them, you will most likely experience a rebound of your symptoms. The problem may even come back worse than it was when you started taking this medication.
Once you have weaned yourself down and off, of these, you will need to take an antibiotic in hopes actually to treat the problem.
Unprocessed foods and probiotics
- Try to avoid processed foods and eat more veggies.
- Try to avoid caffeine alcohol and nicotine products as well.
- Try increasing your intake of fish, cultured dairy, yogurt, sour cream, and fermented veggies.
Here is a list of 16 different natural remedies for heartburn.
- Unfiltered apple cider vinegar
This will help you increase the acid levels in your stomach just drink a tablespoon full each day.
This is a supplement that is relatively simple to find. Try taking as many as needed to get a slight burning sensation then decrease this intake by one capsule. This can also help kill H. pylori-related bacteria.
- Baking soda
Mixing baking soda with water and drinking it can help ease the burning sensation you may be experiencing. I would only use this in emergencies.
- Aloe juice
The juice of an aloe plant will help reduce inflammation naturally.
- Ginger root
Ginger has been found as a very effective treatment that is able to block acid and suppress Helicobacter IA pylori.
- Chamomile tea
Drinking chamomile tea before bed will also reduce inflammation.
- Vitamin D
Keeping plenty of vitamin D in your body is imperative, once your body has plenty of vitamin D your body will be able to eradicate any infection.
This has been found to reduce symptoms of acid reflux.
- Slippery elm
This coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. Having plenty of antioxidants, this can help address inflammatory bowel conditions.
- Chinese herbs (treatment of ‘gu’)
Using Chinese herbs you can reduce inflammation and prevent digestive issues.
This will help reduce the gastrointestinal damage done by H. pylori.
- Folic acid
Higher folic acid intakes have been said to reduce acid reflux by about forty percent.
- B vitamins
An increased B vitamin intake has been known for reducing your risk of having acid reflux.
- 14. Melatonin
This is a supplement usually for sleep aid; it has recently been used as a heartburn aid as well.
Drinking milk will relieve heartburn as well as stimulate your stomach to produce more acid.
- Loosen up
When you are dealing with acid reflux wearing belts or tight pants will only put unnecessary pressure on your abdomen making things worse.
You don’t always necessarily need a drug to get rid of your problems; these natural remedies will relieve the heartburn you may be having quickly and efficiently.
Source: Organic Health