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Some Tips To Get Indigestion Relief
Avoid citrus fruits when you are suffering from indigestion
When Life Gives You Lemons
When life gives you lemons, you must make lemonade, right?
Definitely not if you have acid reflux!
Simple tips like avoiding citrus drinks can help you ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life
Is acid reflux putting a damper on your life? Are you losing sleep because of it?
If you've ever wondered what causes acid reflux or how you can get rid of it, then you're definitely not alone. You need to think about the different situations that can cause acid reflux, and you need to think about the many solutions. Continue reading so that you can find out more about the remedies that can take your acid reflux away.
Acid reflux is a condition that affects millions of people throughout the world.
Sadly, many people suffer from it because they do not know enough about it to help reduce its affect on their lives. I hope that I can help you with some advice to help you live your life without acid reflux!
You Are Not Alone
If you suffer from indigestion or acid reflux, rest assured that you are not alone. In fact, nearly 1/3 of all Americans suffer from this condition. I know from personal experience that the awful symptoms such as heartburn, burning in the chest and throat and nausea can really hinder your quality of life.
You are feeling fine and then all of a sudden you start feeling that familiar dull ache. You know that in a short while you will be in intolerable pain and most likely it will mean a sleepless night. If you are one of the millions who suffer from acid reflux, then take the time to read the following tips.
Did you know that stress is a factor in acid reflux?
Meditate, do some yoga, go for a walk or read a book!
During stressful times, stomach acid production increases significantly, which leads to reflux. Therefore, find a way to relax after every meal.
Healthy foods can help you beat acid reflux and indigestion
Keep a food journal to find your triggers
You should keep track of what you ate before experiencing acid reflux. Trigger foods vary from person to person. Once you find what foods trigger your acid reflux, you will be able to eliminate them from your diet (especially in the evenings)
My Top Tips to Ease Your Indigestion or Reflux
- Eat your food slowly. Don't gorge, take your time. Always sit down and spend half an hour to have your meal. Eating quickly or eating too much can make acid reflux worse.
If you feel stressed, take a few minutes to relax before beginning to eat your food. Digestion will be much easier if you are relaxed and take your time.
- The single most significant factor attributed with acid reflux is being overweight. Those who are obese are two times more likely to have digestive issues than someone who is at a healthy weight. The pressure on your stomach of all the extra pounds can cause the esophageal sphincter to relax, allowing acid to rise and cause you pain.
- One of the worst things you can do if you suffer from acid reflux is to lie down after a meal. It is very important that for at least two hours after you eat, you do not lie flat on your back or stomach. It is best if you stand up and walk a little bit. This will help get your stomach juices flowing in the right direction.
- Try popping a few pieces of chewing gum into your mouth every time you are feeling the symptoms of acid reflux. This will cause the body to produce a much larger amount of saliva than it does on a regular basis, and this will help neutralize the acid inside of the stomach.
- Drink between meals, not during them. This will help you manage hunger, as it is likely that you are more thirsty than you are hungry. Also, acid is less likely to come up via the esophagus when you do not drink during meals.
Elevating the head of your bed can work wonders to sooth nighttime acid reflux
When you are lying flat, it gives the stomach contents an easier way of refluxing. You should raise the mattress about 6-8 inches in order to get the best results.
Boards, old books, bricks, really anything you can think of that will work to elevate the head of your bed. If you can afford it, you could invest in an electronic bed that you can adjust with the push of a button.
You are what you eat
Be careful what you eat!
Some of the more common culprits for acid indigestion are chocolate, alcohol, fast food, coffee, tea, or any beverage with caffeine.
However, triggers are an individual thing so you need to read your own body to just what is not working for you. If you want to err on the side of caution, simply stay away from everything listed above.
Don't drink alcohol if you are trying to treat symptoms of acid reflux. The effects of alcohol actually work to relax the muscles in your esophagus, which worsens reflux.
The more fat there is in the food, the worse it becomes for anyone suffering with acid reflux. Relaxing of the esophageal sphincter happens when you eat high-fat products. Fatty foods also cause weight gain, which increases your susceptibility to reflux. The healthier you eat, the healthier you are!
Do not smoke!
Last but definitely not least ..... If you smoke, quit. Besides being a very unhealthy habit, smoking also has the ability to cause your lower esophageal sphincter to fail and not be able to do its job of blocking stomach acid.
Natural Acid Indigestion & Heartburn Remedy
When your symptoms are at their worst . . .
Simply mix 1 teaspoon of regular baking soda with eight ounces of water. Drink this slowly, one sip at a time, until your symptoms subside. Do NOT do this every day as baking soda contains a great deal of sodium which can lead to other health problems.