Prevent Acid Reflux: Eating, Drinking and Dancing Your Way to Heartburn Relief

Prevent Acid Reflux: Eating, Drinking and Dancing Your Way to Heartburn Relief

We all love to indulge every once in awhile, and for the most part that is ok…sometimes.  For the most part though we all know how important it is to eat right and stay active to not only ensure a long healthy life but to mitigate those nasty heartburn and acid reflux symptoms that lurk just beneath, waiting to pounce whenever we let our guard down.

Here are a few simple heartburn and acid reflux remedies to build in as daily habits that will not only serve you well in keeping that heartburn and acid reflux away but will make you feel good about yourself even if you do let loose on occasion;

Stop Drinking Water!
No, you don’t really have to stop drinking water altogether…(in fact you should be consuming at least 8 8oz. glasses of water a day) but water can cause heartburn while eating so simply stop drinking during meals. Drinking while eating can dilute the digestive juices, which are so crucial for digestion. Instead, drink little doses before and after you eat. Only when consuming rough foods or foods with little or no water should you drink slightly to help it go down smoothly.

Be a Good Host
Being a good host means knowing who should mingle together and who should keep their distance from each other.  You want to stay away from combining foods that aggravate heartburn and acid reflux and be sure you are combining your foods correctly in order to properly digest and prevent that nasty heartburn from rearing its ugly head.

For instance you want to avoid mixing fruits with concentrated foods as it will slow the digestion of the fruit.  You can eat raw veggies with concentrated foods as these foods mingle well together because of the high fiber and low sugar.

Greatest Excuse not to Exercise
Granted, don’t give it up completely! It’s never a good idea to exercise after you’ve finished a meal. Anytime you do physical activity after a meal, the body sends the blood over to hang out with your muscles leaving your digestive system alone in the corner. As a result, your digestive system won’t digest until you stop your activity which can lead not only to hearburn but to all sorts of additional trouble as you can imagine. After a meal, simply chill and give your body enough time to completely digest the food before you rush to the gym.

Don’t be a piggy (this one’s a gimme)
Overeating can cause a lot of harm to your body and not just to the digestive system. It can cause nutritional imbalance and weight gain, tax the liver and the kidneys, and put enormous physical pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which will increase the chances of heartburn and acid reflux.

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Night Sweats and Acid Reflux

Night Sweats and Acid Reflux

If you’ve ever awakened in the middle of the night sweating, you know how uncomfortable that can be and how difficult it can be to get back to sleep. Regardless of whether you sweat slightly in your sleep or drench the sheets in perspiration, night sweats can affect your slumber, making it difficult to function optimally during the day.

Did you know that your nighttime sweating may be caused by acid reflux? It’s true.

Sweating occurs as the body’s natural defense to cool itself down. When stomach acid enters the esophagus, your body initiates the cool-down process. Although you may feel uncomfortable, there is a good reason why you’re perspiring.

Sweating drenches the internal flame caused by stomach acid or other irritating conditions and infections.

If, however, acid reflux is causing you to sweat at night, there are some steps you can take to turn down the heat.

Elevate your head 4-6 inches while sleeping. Acid reflux may go unnoticed during the day; however, as soon as your head hits the pillow at night, gravity is not there to help stomach acid stay where it belongs.

You may use bed risers or wooden blocks to raise the bed frame or invest in a wedge pillow. Sleeping with your head elevated should significantly reduce the symptoms of reflux.

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5 Symptoms of Acid Reflux

5 Symptoms of Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux can sneak into our lives without warning, and it’s not uncommon to have it without even knowing it. In fact, it is estimated that 60 million Americans are living with symptoms of mild to severe acid reflux.

Here’s the kicker: you may have acid reflux without ever experiencing the discomfort of heartburn.

With acid reflux, it’s true that you may get an occasional bout of heartburn or get a sour taste in the back of your mouth. If your condition progresses to GERD, you may experience frequent heartburn, nausea, and regurgitation of food. Regardless of whether you have a mild case of acid reflux or have progressed to GERD, the condition can lead to more severe problems, such as esophageal bleeding, scarring, and ulcers.

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5 Surprising Symptoms of Acid Reflux

5 Surprising Symptoms of Acid Reflux

If you’ve ever experienced frequent heartburn or have been awakened in the middle of the night with stomach pain or nausea, you know how debilitating chronic acid reflux can be. However, there are other lesser-known symptoms of acid reflux that could indicate that you need to seek treatment for this condition.

Below are five symptoms of acid reflux disease that you may be unaware of.

Difficulty Swallowing. If you experience acid reflux symptoms more than twice a week, it is possible that your condition has progressed to gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. This occurs when the muscle at the end of your esophagus does not properly close, thereby allowing stomach acid to leak into the esophagus. The result? The lining can become irritated, and you can experience difficulty swallowing. Food can also get lodged in the esophagus because the damage can prevent food from traveling into the stomach.

Hoarseness. Hoarseness, particularly after a meal, could indicate that you have developed acid reflux disease. When the acid in your stomach travels back into your esophagus and irritates your vocal cords, the result is a husky voice. Other symptoms may include a sore throat or sore tongue.

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What Are Some Root Causes of Erosive Esophagitis?

What Are Some Root Causes of Erosive Esophagitis?

 

Erosive esophagitis can be a common side-effect of acid reflux disease and GERD. It is an inflammation that damages the tissue of the esophagus - the tube that delivers food between your mouth and your stomach. If left untreated, erosive esophagitis can lead to serious health issues, including certain types of cancers.

To successfully treat erosive esophagitis, it’s important to determine the root causes that may be causing the disease. Esophagitis is basically the result of acid backing up from the stomach and damaging the tissue of the esophagus. When you eat a meal, your body is not producing enough acid to break down, digest, and absorb the food and pass it into the small intestine.

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