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Natural Cures For Acid Reflux and GERD Symptoms

Jun 13, 2008
The painful condition where the contents of the stomach want to flow back the way they came to cause heartburn is something we may all have experienced in our lives: it is called acid reflux. This is a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract (digestive system) and even though this condition is often known by different names, they have similar symptoms. The digestive system uses hydrochloric acid to digest and process food. The disorder gives you a burning sensation in your chest near the heart and stomach, when the acid wants to return up the digestive tract.

Food is normally trapped in the stomach by the lower esophageal valve after it has passed through to stop this problem. It is when the esophageal sphincter doesn't close after food has passed through that the stomach fluids try to escape upwards and that is why it is called acid reflux.

Medical science prefers to call the condition: gastro esophageal reflux disorder (GERD). It is believed the problem that makes the condition worse is an unhealthy diet but it may not the only cause of acid reflux disorder; still, the volume of food that is consumed in any one sitting can also contribute because the digestive system becomes overwhelmed.

It is never wise to eat large amounts at is puts a significant strain on the stomach muscles which in turn results in pressure within the gut itself. Something has to give; this being the acid which returns or refluxes back up the esophagus bringing with it the very unpleasant heartburn. Easing this pressure should stop the esophageal valve from opening and acid escaping into the esophagus causing further damage.

To prevent this from happening you should eat small meals throughout the day. This situation can be a problem for the health of the body as the stomach, esophagus and mouth all need to be in good working order. The stomach has the important task of processing food so it can be broken down into important and vital nutrients used by the body.

The use of readily available, anti-acid drugs is not the long term answer. However, these can interrupt natural body processes and cause other health problems. The long term treatment for acid reflux is to adapt your lifestyle habits in particular eating and drinking. This should be done for a period of a few months to strengthen your stomach's normal processes. If you can reduce the heartburn occurrences, in time you may well be able to slowly start eating those dishes that have needed to be cut out.

Other factors can also create a predisposition for acid reflux and these include:

Being a smoker

Food allergies

Prescription medicines

Alcoholic drinks

Lying down and having a sleep after eating a meal

As you can tell, most of these factors can be overcome by practicing some behavioral modifications and a change in lifestyle, If you need an incentive to stop the occasions where you suffer with heartburn then this should be it! All that is required is a little dedication on your part to be careful about what you eat and drink to possibly clear up your acid reflux problem. Whether you decide to take this and your doctors advice is really up to you!
About the Author
Acid reflux and GERD affects nearly 40% of Westerners. Acid reflux disease is a side effect of our lifestyle and fast pace of living. Simple changes can mean acid reflux symptoms can be cured completely.
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