Fitness & Wellness tips based on Science
What causes acid reflux? Is it your diet? Let's explore some of the things you can do about this awful feeling. Why is there so much debate about the causes and treatment?
What is acid Reflux?
Sometimes the acid in the stomach creeps up into the esophagus, and we have discomfort and pain, and even nausea. You may have regurgitation and burning in the throat. I have been working on a solution for a long time. I'll tell you what I have benefited from.
There is a stomach valve that sometimes doesn't close completely and acid comes up and causes burning sensations. Some medical conditions can cause this. It's good to rule out more serious causes according to webmd.com. If not treated, it can cause something called Barrette's esophagus. It's more common in men though.
If you are over weight, eat large meals or smoke, you are at higher risk. Some medications for pain, or muscle relaxants can cause symptoms.
The problem is that the causes of Acid reflux are still being debated, and so are the treatments. Nutritionists say that taking acid blockers long term just prolongs the problem. The issue is too much acid or not enough? You won't know unless you are tested.
According to the nutritionists at weight and wellness, it's more likely that too little acid production is at the heart of the problem. As you age, your digestive system slows down, and you might need an enzyme supplement to better digest your food. If you aren't digesting your food properly, then of course that can cause other health problems and you may end up with malnutrition or poor digestive health. Webmd.com explains further.
Many nutritionists think that the condition is caused by a lack of good bacteria in the gut that causes P.H. imbalances and the food isn't being broken down. Remember acid breaks down food. Still, the debate continues. People end up on acid blockers but that isn't a long term solution.
According to Weight & Wellness nutritionists, it takes months to re build gut health.
You might want to take a look at their podcasts at weightandwellness.com. Their radio show is called Dishing Up Nutrition. They have a great podcast on acid reflux.
Foods to Avoid
Coffee, alcohol, chocolate, tomatoes, and carbonated beverages. I have also been told that not eating enough on a regular basis can cause acid to upset your stomach. My trials have found that sugar and processed foods really cause a problem for me. When I avoid these, the problem seems to lessen. Gluten and wheat can cause inflammation in the gut.
I heard Dr. Jonathan Wright talk about this subject. He is an expert on intestinal health.
Add these to your Diet
Turmeric, Ginger and healthy fats, no hydrogenated oils. Give plain yogurt a try, the one without sugar. Make sure you read labels.
Supplements You might include are:
Bifido bacteria, acidophilus, and potassium are a great start to healing the gut. Some people find relief form cider vinegar. Mix it with plain water or juice and then drink it before meals.
I take them in capsules. In addition to that, I also take some aloe juice after dinner. I have had some success with herbal tea, especially lemon ginger.
People may have different food sensitivities, so what works for one person, may not work for another.
If you can afford to see a nutritionist, then that's the best way to go. Do your research first. Remember, acid reflux is still in the debate process but that's no reason to wait around for relief.
Let us know if you find something that works. Your comments are welcome.
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