Through my own experience dealing with reflux symptoms, I found acid reflux drugs carry the risk of developing side effects. By reducing stomach acid, these drugs make the stomach more hospitable to bacteria. They only cover up the signals our bodies sending out, in the end makes matters even worse, especially taking these drugs for long term use. These drugs only cause people to delay trying to work with body’s natural healing system. No! We are not going to break our body’s natural healing system.
Most of time people take the easy route using the conventional medicine drugs (prescription or over-the-counter). And the problem with these treatments is that not only do they cause harmful side effects, they don’t actually get to the root cause of the problem.
What stirs up acid reflux symptoms :
- eating too fast, not chewing enough
- spicy foods, red meat, alcohol, citrus, potato fries, onions, tomatoes, pasta ketchup, ice cream, sour cream, cheese, soft drinks, coffee (caffeine), chocolate, deep fried foods, sweets and pineapples
- having late dinner before bedtime
- stress !
Note: Stress definitely is a contributing factor in acid reflux because it reduces the amount of acid in our stomachs. Most people tend to think that acid reflux is due to too much acid, but sometimes it’s because not enough acid in our stomachs. Stress is a main cause of lowering stomach acid.
Simple lifestyle changes you may consider:
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Also try to eat slowly and chew enough.
- Avoid processed foods, dairy products. And, again, try to keep away from spicy foods, red meat, alcohol, citrus, potato fries, onions, tomatoes, pasta ketchup, ice cream, sour cream, cheese, soft drinks, coffee (caffeine), chocolate, deep fried foods, sweets and pineapples.
- Reduce stress with exercises, like walking outside, hiking, Qigong, Taichi and Yoga.
- Try organic whole foods and some ideal supplements like apple cider vinegar. This helps to raise stomach acid levels if they’re low. Digestive enzymes also assist to break down food in the stomach so that your body can absorb it properly. B-complex can also relieve and reduce stress.
- Don’t eat within two to three hours before bedtime.
- Try to lose extra pounds.
- Fasting once a week. Try the easiest way – fasting after dinner, NOT having a late-night snack.
- Tilt the head of bed. Elevate your head a few inches while you sleep.
- Don’t wear belts or tight clothes.
- Stop smoking and alcohol. For the concern of you and your family, please quit smoking and avoid alcohol.
If you notice your acid reflux symptoms are relieved well enough, try hard and give your stomach at least two days to heal itself by avoiding food that upsets it or ruins its protection. Our body’s natural healing system does need time to heal itself. After this, you will have more energy and a quality life with no acid reflux burden.
I hope this information have helped you. Again, I wish you all the best of luck and hope you feel better.
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