How to cure acid reflux naturally
Acid reflux is a medical condition in which the stomach produces an overabundance of acid, resulting in heartburn. There are many causes for this condition, such as lying down immediately after consuming a large meal or the more serious cause of hiatal hernia. Heartburn is one of the symptoms of acid reflux and while many people suffer from this from time to time, it does not mean that they have chronic acid reflux. If you have heartburn on a regular basis, though, it usually does signal that you do have this condition.
There are many products on the market designed to calm the symptoms of acid reflux. These include over the counter medications, such as Zantac, Pepcid AC, Pepto Bismal, Rolaids and prescription medications, such as Losec. Continued use of these products can have unwelcome side effects, which is why most people look for a natural way to cure acid reflux.
Determine what causes your bouts of acid reflux
When you experience a bout of acid reflux, think back over your day to determine if there was any specific food that could have brought this on. It may also be the result of your daily activities, such as bending or lifting more than usual.
It is important to keep a diary of the foods you eat and the times when you experience the symptoms of acid reflux. In this way you can match up foods that cause the heartburn and learn to avoid them or at least consume less of these foods.
Eat smaller meals more often
People with acid reflux should make a change in their eating habits. This does not necessarily mean cutting out your favorite foods. It means that you should eat smaller portions at your meals and eat more often during the day. Six small meals a day is the recommended amount and by adopting this plan you will also be able to manage your weight.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables in your diet soak up the excess acid that the body takes out of the food. When you add these foods to your diet and consume them every day, you will notice a lessening of your symptoms.
Elevate the head of your bed
Most acid reflux attacks occur at night waking you from your sleep. Elevating the head of your bed is one way of getting an uninterrupted night’s sleep. To do this you can place planks under the legs of the bed to make the head higher than the foot or place pillows under the mattress.
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