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Acid reflux best treated by life style changes

January 16, 2012

Hmm. Stop eating less of the Modern American Acidic Diet and consumer more fresh foods. Also, you could drink more Evamor Alkaline Water.

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According to the recent reports, over 20% of the American population suffers from Acid reflux. If you wonder what this acid reflux is all about, it’s nothing but the heartburn. Heartburn is a common problem, and mostly people don’t care about it as they care other health conditions.

Acid reflux, or GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) or heartburn is a gastric disorder in which the lower sphincter of esophagus abnormally relaxes and lets the stomach acids and food escape into the esophagus causing heartburn, regurgitation, and discomfort in throat.

Though the GERD is medically treatable, it’s the lifestyle changes such as good diet, weight loss, giving up alcohol that makes a huge difference. Acid reflux will be under control when on medication, but the heartburn returns back once the medication is stopped. So it’s important to eat good food, and change some of the lifestyle habits that increase the heartburn.

If you are a GERD patient, or if you experience heartburn frequently, you should:

1) Stop eating fatty foods, and acid rich foods such as citrus fruits.

2) Avoid eating junk and spicy food

3) Eat fresh non-citrus fruits, vegetables and leafy vegetables

4) Keep an eye on meat intake

5) Try to quit smoking and drinking

6) Lose weight, if obese or overweight

7) Take few smaller meals instead of one big meal

8) Make sure there’s at least 2 hours of time between your last meal and bedtime.

9) Position your sleeping bed to keep your head and upper body in a higher altitude than lower.

“Many people don’t know the complications of GERD. When there’s an acid reflux episode, they normally buy over-the-counter heartburn pills. But this is not good. People suffering from acid reflux should consult a good gastroenterologist in order to get the right treatment. GERD causes gastric ulcers, and might even cause esophageal cancer,” said Dr. Vasant. K, a popular gastroenterologist from India.

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