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Natural Remedy for Acid Reflux: DISCOVERED

Mar 9, 2008
Do sufferers from acid reflux have to put up endlessly with prescription medication and its side effects just for momentary relief or is there a natural cure for acid reflux? A qualified nutritionist and erstwhile chronic acid reflux sufferer reveals the truth about a natural solution to cure and prevent acid reflux, after 11 years of trying, testing and experimenting.

Heartburn or acid reflux happens when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus to cause a burning pain. This acid reflux, also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), is the result of the one-way valve in the esophagus (called the LES or lower esophageal sphincter) losing its ability to stop food and stomach acid from traveling back up. A characteristic burning feeling, commonly at night, afflicts acid reflux patients in this case.

When this reflux gets to the upper part of the esophagus, the results can be a dry cough, wheezing, hoarseness or a chronic sore. In addition, chronic reflux into the lower esophagus can cause a condition known as Barrett's esophagus, turning into esophageal cancer in some 0.5% of cases.

So far, these are only the immediate or local causes of acid reflux even though they include a weakened LES and other aspects like not having enough stomach acid and several genetic characteristics which are all to be included in a complete cure for acid reflux.

Heartburn is a complex phenomenon caused by more profound factors and co-factors besides the local causes already referred to. Indications are of an additional group of internal factors that produce an environment leading to the formation of heartburn. Any natural remedy for heartburn must first of all deal with these factors.

Taking prescription medication on a long-term basis will cause many side effects even if temporary relief is provided, because most of these drugs are aimed at resolving the immediate causes of heartburn.

Antacids used over a long period of time for example can make the problem worse, because stomach acid is needed for reasons of good digestion and immunity. Temporary relief may come from blockers such as PPIs and H2, but these may also lead to osteoporosis.

Research done recently indicates that diet, lifestyle and patterns of behavior can aggravate an existing heartburn condition, showing preference for an approach that is natural and holistic.

Observing the holistic approach after a correct diagnosis of your problem, using specific supplements based on herbs and vitamins, together with a full set of dietary principles and Candida control protocols (which figure as an important element in acid reflux) can provide a natural cure and prevent recurrence in a safe and effective way.
About the Author
Jeff has written dozens of holistic health articles and has been featured in ezines and print magazines, as well as on hundreds of websites worldwide.
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