The Facts About Acid Reflux
Acid Reflux is when the acid in your belly leaks into the Esophagus. The lining of your Stomach can usually protect itself from Digestive juices but you’re Esophagus cannot and this is what causes the pain. Here are some of the symptoms to look out for:
- Bloody Stool
You could also have a Hiatal Hernia. This happens when the small hole that allows the Esophagus to go from the throat to the stomach gets enlarged, the stomach can work up into the hole. It is something you definitely want to deal with. Often this is handled surgery but you can also try this
My Acid Reflux Journey
I have had stomach issues since I was a child, back then they called it Gastritis. Later on, I had my Gall Bladder out which I thought was going to solve my problems but that wasn’t to be the case. After a few trips to the Emergency Room, I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux. Given an Acid Reducer and sent home.
For some time after I took these pills because it was thought to be the fix. The truth is they only offer temporary relief and studies are revealing they may hurt your Digestive Health long-term. I got used to the pain for the most part which prompted me to do my own research into what I could do.
A few years ago I switched to a Gluten Free diet. I have to confess it did take away the pain but was very hard to live with. I have since modified my diet. I don’t eat much Gluten but more than that I eat healthy with alot of Green in my diet.
I had to accept there were foods I just couldn’t have and it is a lesson I continue to learn as I veer off the path. Balancing my diet with plenty of protein and fresh vegetables goes a long way.
You can still have pizza on occasion but not as a regular staple. I am also a coffee addict , so I am not perfect.
My Anti-Acid Reflux Cocktail
There are natural pain relievers that help ease the pain. My go-to cocktail is Apple Cider Vinegar and honey. You definitely have to get used to it as it is a taste you won’t soon forget. I mix a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, a teaspoon of Honey and 8 ounces of water.
I drink a lot of water! Mixing it with Lemon helps a lot. Always drink the water warm, it is better for Digestion. Ginger is excellent for relieving all kinds of pain. Not the ground up junk in the spice aisle, you want fresh Ginger Root always. For a quick fix drink Baking Soda and water.
The pain feels worse when you sit and lay down. Elevate your head at least 4 inches at bedtime and don’t eat right before bed. If you don’t odds are you will have that feeling of acid traveling up to your throat.
Some Medications such as Ibuprofen will seriously aggravate Acid Reflux so try to steer clear of it. Invest in including Probiotics into your diet. The best way is through fermented foods such as Yogurt but there are others as well. If this isn’t an option try a supplement. I take a Digestive Enzyme formulated with 7 different enzymes in it.
There are common causes that can be altered such as Heavy Meals. Eat smaller meals, more often. Stay away from Citrus, Chocolate, Mint and Carbonated drinks.
In closing, if you suffer from this condition like I do, there are changes you can make to ease the pain. Change your diet and get more exercise. Elevate your head when sleeping and look into Probiotics. I hope this helped, let me know what you think.