Have you ever experienced burning pain in your throat or chest not long after eating a meal? Or do you wake up with a burning pain in your chest? Has this pain been so severe that you wondered if it was a heart attack? If this happens to you, you need to seek medical help to make sure it’s not your heart. However, it could just be acid reflux disease or GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease). If that’s what you’ve been experiencing, these 10 Cureology tips might just might help you to feel better and prevent acid reflux.
So if you suffer from what is also known as heartburn or acid indigestion, these Cureology tips could help you.
Acid Reflux Cureology Natural Remedies
1. Let’s look at your eating habits first. Be sure to eat slowly because if you eat too quickly, this could aggravate your acid reflux condition. Also, make sure you eat dinner at least three hours before bed. An upright position will force acids to stay in your stomach by gravity, to some extent. If you lie down, your stomach acids can rise into your esophagus. Therefore, it is best to give yourself a few hours before you go to sleep to at least get the bulk of the food out of the stomach.
Sip lightly during meals and be sure to drink a glass of water between each meal. It’s more likely that you are thirsty rather than hungry, and this will settle your hunger pangs. Additionally, if you drink separately from eating you will find that you don’t suffer from bloating and acid reflux as much.
2. Why not keep a journal of foods that set off acid indigestion? It’s easy to forget what we have eaten, but if you keep a written record of what you eat and how you feel afterwards, it could be of great help to you.
3. GERD is more likely to occur when you are overweight. When you’re carrying too much fat, the “sphincter muscle” located in the lower part of the esophagus will relax and acid can course its way up. Losing weight and getting trim can help keep your stomach acid in your stomach, where it belongs.
4. Don’t let stress overpower you since it can easily cause your acid reflux disease to act up. Mind body techniques can be helpful here. Consider yoga for example. This can get you into better shape and offer a path to relaxation.
5. Consider taking herbal supplements and digestive enzymes to help you in your fight against reoccurring acid reflux symptoms. Here is a short list of things to try that have some scientific evidence: 1/ deglycyrrhizinated licorice 2/slippery elm 3/chamomile or valerian root.
6. Watch out for fried fatty foods and eliminate them from your diet as much as possible since they can cause acid indigestion. On the other hand, adding marshmallow and apple cider vinegar to your diet may be of help.
7. Try not to eat too much at mealtime. Gorging yourself when you eat can cause acid reflux disease symptoms.
8. Be sure to eat enough fiber in your meals because fiber is good for keeping your digestive system functioning properly. A healthy digestive system can guard you from the symptoms of acid reflux disease.
9. Start and maintain a regular program of exercising because exercising can help protect you from acid reflux attacks.
10. Many people suffer their worst acid reflux attacks when they’re sleeping at night. If that describes you, put gravity to work for you by raising the top of your bed or mattress with blocks. You can also invest in a specially made acid reflux pillow. A book, piece of wood or something else that is similarly shaped will also do the trick. Although a little more expensive, consider an electronic bed that elevates. You don’t need much elevation, with 4-6 inches likely being enough.
Stop smoking if you want to get rid of acid reflux. Smoking can cause acid reflux. Smoking reduces the production of saliva and slows down digestion, causing stomach acids to increase. This can also have a negative effect on the esophagus directly.
Acid reflux is common in pregnant women. To help alleviate symptoms, you should eat foods that are low in fat and low in acidity. If this isn’t helping, you can drink some teas that are safe for the baby and that can help neutralize stomach acid.
Keep in mind that chronic GERD can lead to a worse condition called Barrett’s Esophagus, which is precancerous. Also, you may have gastritis, ulcers or even stomach cancer. While it is great to know that you have natural remedies for reflux available to you, get checked out by your doctor. You may need therapy for more serious conditions.
On a final note, even if you need surgery know that the procedures available today do NOT mean you have to be cut open or even have stab wounds for “minimally invasive” laparoscopic or robotic surgery. There is another way that actually can be done through a tube placed down your esophagus and zero incisions. Take a look:
For more on acid reflux or GERD visit our Cureology Acid Reflux Information Center.