Acid Reflux is a common health problem experienced both by men and women across the globe. It occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) found in your stomach, relaxes inappropriately, allowing the acid in the stomach to flow or regurgitate backward into your esophagus. The hallmark symptom of acid reflux is heartburn which is a burning sensation behind your breastbone that sometimes travels towards your throat. Please do note though that Acid reflux is not a disease caused by excessive acid production in your stomach; rather it is a symptom that can possibly linked to:
♦Helicobacter pylori infection
This bacteria destroys the normal flora in our digestive system particularly your stomach lining which can result in an Ulcer.
♦A drug side effect
Certain prescription and Over the Counter (OTC) medications can also cause Heartburn. Those medications include anxiety and antidepressant medications, antibiotics, blood pressure medications, nitroglycerin, osteoporosis drugs, and pain relievers.
If your heartburn is caused by a medication you’re taking, check the medication instructions if it needs to be taken on full or empty stomach and try to avoid laying down right after taking your medication.
Heartburn may be eradicated by a means of diet modification. Since eating large amounts of processed foods and sugars causes the exacerbation of the acid reflux, you need to modify your diet by eating a lot of vegetables, fruits and other high quality organic, and unprocessed foods on a regular basis. In this way, you will encourage your body to make sufficient amounts of stomach acids (hydrochloric acid) needed to prevent heartburn since heartburn is typically a sign of having low amounts of stomach acid.
Moreover, there are numerous natural remedies for heartburn you may want to consider trying. The list are as follows:
1.Apple Cider Vinegar
You can easily improve your acid content by taking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed with a large glass of lukewarm water.
The juice of the aloe plant helps reduce inflammation which naturally helps in decreasing the acid reflux symptom
Chamomile Tea can help soothe stomach inflammation and promotes a good night sleep.
Ginger is said to have a gastroprotective effect by blocking the acid and suppressing the helicobacter pylori.
Slippery elm coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. It also stimulates the nerve endings in your gastrointestinal tract. This helps increase mucus secretion, thus, protecting your gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity.