Acid Reflux, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Your present-day lifestyle revolves around fast food chains, ready-to-eat processed foods, and canned juices.
All of this is the outcome of an unhealthy lifestyle that often results from the lack of time, and that, in turn, paves way for these quick dietary replacements.
Although you may not be able to change all of these, but you can always cut down on them. It is therefore essential to work out ways to manage your day effectively. Also, you must attend to it before this mismanagement leads to something as serious as the Acid Reflux Disease.
Acid Reflux is an extremely uncomfortable health condition that most people have experienced at least once. This health condition is caused when the acids from your gut bounce back to the esophagus, commonly referred to as the food pipe.
If you have experienced more than twice a week (or know someone who has), you or they may require medical attention. A chronic form of acid reflux is called GERD – Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease.
Let us now discuss its severity, underlying causes and treatment of the Acid Reflux Disease.
Symptoms of Acid Reflux
The symptoms of Acid Reflux vary depending upon the person’s lifestyle, sensitivities, and severity. These symptoms can therefore be classified into mild and advanced. While this condition requires medical attention in all stages, the milder symptoms can be attended to with certain lifestyle changes, but along with Medical Attention.
Acid Reflux begins with a constant feeling of
- stomach bloating,
- burning sensation,
- uncomfortable hiccups for longer periods,
- frequent pain in the chest and
- acidic burps, known as regurgitation.
It is strongly recommended that if you experience any or one of this then you need to incorporate certain changes. So the best way to deal with Acid Reflux is by controlling it in the initial stages by identifying the culprits that cause this condition.
These advanced symptoms include
- blood stains in stools,
- dark blackish stools,
- blood stains in vomit,
- Dysphagia or Discomfort in swallowing food
- the feeling of having something stuck in the throat,
- weight loss, and
- a constant feeling of nausea.
These symptoms require medical attention and the best specialist to assess it would be a Gastroenterologist.
Causes and Triggers
Acid Reflux is most commonly caused due to an imbalance of the Hydrochloric acid in the gut as pointed out by Dr. Don Colbert, the Author of ‘Stress Less’.
Colbert, in his book ‘Stress Less’ writes about the impact that acid-forming foods like sugar and starches have on the tissues and make it more acidic. He adds that acidic tissues attract cancer and hence the Acidification of your body requires attention. Further, he recommends eating more of plant-based diet.
To explain the underlying causes for acid reflux, you need to further classify it into causes and triggers.
While the cause for this condition could be a long-term condition like Obesity, Pregnancy, Indigestion, Esophagitis and many more, a trigger is something that is much more controllable.
This includes lifestyle defects that worsen this condition such as heavy meals followed by inactivity, overconsumption of alcohol, etc.
Although the Doctor is likely to prescribe certain medications depending on a case to case basis, there are some ways in which you can manage this condition and prevent its re-occurrence. To do that, you need to start by making a thorough introspection of your lifestyle and incorporate certain changes, if necessary. Some things that you can do at home to manage this condition and treat it in its initial stages are mentioned below.
Over 70 percent of the human body consists of water and what if you were told that even the 8-10 glasses of water per day that health experts recommend contain acids. [Also Read: Is Your Filtered Water REALLY Safe to Drink?]
Although a serious concern, there is a very simple solution to this, and that’s Kangen. You can switch to Kangen water which uses Japanese technology and provides Alkalyzed water which counteracts the Pepsin/HCL imbalance.
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Get rid of the cereals and ready-to-eat packs hoarded up on the shelves and head to the Farmer’s market to get some fresh fruits and legumes. Although it is a time-consuming task to cook fresh food, it’s definitely worth the effort.
Lower consumption of Alcohol and other carbonated drinks
Alcohol consumption impacts the Acid Reflux Disease adversely and can worsen its symptoms, and further aggravate it. So elimination or reduction of these harmful drinks is the best way to keep this health condition under check.
Your gut needs the good bacteria to keep it going and that plays a major role in helping manage the Acid Reflux Disease. You can buy the OTC probiotics or seek a prescription from a medical practitioner.
Also, you could try to incorporate more of fresh homemade yogurt and curds in your diet.[Read: Why Your Gut is Your Second Brain]
Apple Cider Vinegar
Consuming a glass of water with a spoonful of Apple cider vinegar, ten minutes before meals has been found to be effective in managing Acid Reflux.
That’s because Apple cider is said to be very useful for the digestive system and helps build more hydrochloric acid, which is essential to promote digestion.
(Read more about micro-clustering in my article about How to Flush Out Toxic Waste from Your Body)
Juice for Acid Reflux
One of the most effective juices that help manage acid reflux can be made with a cucumber, some leaves of collard greens, a few stalks of celery, a green apple and a spoonful of apple cider vinegar. Now juice it all up in a juicer without any water.
So as it has been pointed out, Acid Reflux is a disease caused due to lifestyle defects such as stress, unhealthy eating habits and an imbalance of HCL in the gut. This condition can be managed by detecting its causes. Also, elimination or controlling of triggers that cause this condition helps manage it in its initial stages.
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