Help Eliminating Heartburn And Acid Indigestion
Acid Reflex is miserable. Many people suffer with it, but it can be effectively reversed. Just taking a pill won't permanently eliminate acid reflex/heart burn. But it can be done.
My dad and uncle died of esophageal cancer. I talked with a lady last night whose father and uncle died of the same cancer. Esophageal cancer isn't supposed to be hereditary. After some investigation it appears heartburn is the common factor in esophageal cancer. Heartburn can be caused when food and drugs irritate the esophagus. This seems to be the generally common cause, but more controversial causes are low stomach acid and bad posture.
I also found many of the medical solutions, such acid reducing medication, may reduce symptoms temporarily, but in the long run may actually make them worse by decreasing how well the body digests food.
One of the greatest frustrations of treating heartburn is medical and alternative doctors don't agree on the causes of heartburn. Too much acid, too little acid. Traditional medical doctors usually are on the side of too much acid caused by foods and drugs. Alternative doctors agree high fat and acidity foods cause acid reflex, but that posture, breathing and low acid in the stomach also contribute to symptoms of acid reflex.
It is certain most people want to take the easiest cure regardless of how effective it is for the long run and that dictates much of what medical doctors prescribe.
Regardless of what course of action you choose there is hope for eliminating heartburn. I am living proof.
Acid reflux,indigestion and heartburn it can be argues are all different names for the same malady. The symptoms of which are:
- Burning sensation in the back of the throat or just behind the breast bone.
- Food tasteless or metallic
- Feeling as though something stuck in your throat,
- Difficulty swallowing,
- A sore throat.
- Needing to burp repeatedly
**** Heartburn may mimic a heart attack. Knowing the symptoms for a heart attack can be life saving. If you have burning in your throat or chest pain that worsens, sweating, pain that radiates to you shoulder or jaw, trouble breathing Call 911.****
Do not drive yourself to the hospital. Call 911. Take an aspirin, unlock your front door, sit by the door until help comes.
Causes Of Heartburn
There are several causes of heartburn all of them cause the esophagus to malfunction.
- Poor posture
- Loose esophageal sphincter
- Excess acid
- Insufficient acid
- Spicy foods
Heartburn is acid sloshing up past the esophageal sphincter into the throat. The esophagus is the valve that allows food to go from your throat to your stomach. Sometimes even partially digested food will slosh from the stomach into malfunctioning esophagus. The cause of heartburn can be too little acid, causing the sphincter to not work correctly or too much acid in your stomach, thus irritating the esophageal sphincter. Too little acid, or too much, both will eventually lead to more serious problems.
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Ways To Eliminate Heartburn Without Medication
- Apple Cider Vinegar
If you are healthy and there are no other outside factors, heartburn might be caused by too little acid in your stomach. The acid in your stomach is supposed to slosh onto your esophageal sphincter causing it to close. When you have too little acid in your stomach food can slosh into the opening of the esophagus and get stuck resulting in the symptoms of heartburn.
If you are otherwise healthy, there is a test to see if you have too little acid in your stomach. Take a shot class of unfiltered apple cider vinegar with a meal. Not just a snack. After you have taken several bites of food swallow some of the vinegar. Then take a couple of more bites and swallow the rest of the vinegar. Finish your meal. Take some apple cider vinegar with each meal for two days. If it relieves the heartburn you know that you have too little acid in your stomach. The apple cider vinegar can be difficult to swallow. The good new is if this improves your heartburn you don't have to keep taking the vinegar. You can begin taking Betaine Hydrochloride.(HCL) . Begin with a low dose.(One 600mg tablet) with a meal. If you need more go to two tablets with a meal and so on. You will feel burning when you have reached saturation. One quarter teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 8 ounces of water will neutralize the excess acid. You will know also know that you don't need to take so much the next time. Gradually you will find that you need less and less until you no longer need any for heartburn
It is important not to take apple cider vinegar for any length of time because it can damage your teeth. Switching to Betaine is the wiser choice.
- Betaine Hydrochloride.(HCL)
- Deep breathing (See video above)
- Papaya enzyme. Chewing a few papaya enzyme tablets after a meal can help.
- Improve posture intentionally with exercise The way Prince Phillip walks with his hands locked behind his back opens the chest,and improves posture.
- Drink Aloe Vera juice.
- Elevate the head of your bed.
- Drink lots of water all through the day, but drink nothing when you eat. Liquids dilute acid in your stomach slowing digestion.
- Probiotics help assure the bacteria in your digestive track is healthy.
Reasons To Eliminate Heartburn
Human beings are marvelous and complex creatures with great ability to think. What we think, we can do. Motivation is the key to accomplishing great things. Many years ago I was in my best friend's wedding. A side view of the six bridesmaids show five well comported tall beautiful women. The sixth woman slouched. I still regret that posture. Good posture makes for good pictures and allows the digestive system to work at maximum capacity.
Esophageal cancer does not seem to have a genetic link. Acid reflux seems to be the unifying factor between my uncle and dads cancer. Both had bad posture and sat at desks all day. What is known now, but wasn't 30 years ago, is that acid sloshing out of the stomach causes damage to the esophagus. Barrett's Esophagus is the name for a damaged esophagus. Proton pump inhibitors help heal the esophagus, but do not address the cause of the disorder.
Heartburn, acid re-flux, indigestion, whatever name you wish to call it is serious. If you have the symptoms that accompany acid backing into your esophagus they need to be addressed. Get help! Exercising and improving your posture are excellent noninvasive ways to eliminate symptoms. Your doctor, acupuncturist, or chiropractor can help. Please do something. It will improve your quality of life greatly.
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