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How to Get Rid of Acid Reflux Fast

Updated on October 21, 2013

Acid Reflux Disease

Millions of people around the world suffer from acid reflux. It’s that familiar burning sensation felt in the chest area. This is caused by the stomach acid flowing back into the esophagus. This is known as heartburn. When you experience this a couple of times a week, you have acid reflux disease. While acid reflux can be difficult to deal with, there are some measures that can help you relieve the pain and even prevent having it in the first place. Read on and learn how to get rid of acid reflux.

What Causes Acid Reflux?

The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a valve located at the entrance to your stomach. It opens to allow food to go into the stomach and then closes immediately. It is responsible for keeping food and stomach acid from escaping the stomach. However, there are cases where the LES is weak or gets irritated. In such cases, it doesn’t close entirely, causing acid to go back into the esophagus. The esophagus does not have the mucous protection that the stomach has, thus the pain.

How to Get Rid of Acid Reflux in Throat

Avoid citrus and other acidic fruits when trying to get rid of acid reflux.
Avoid citrus and other acidic fruits when trying to get rid of acid reflux.

1. Avoid triggers.

One of the most effective ways to get rid of acid reflux fast and prevent it is to avoid the foods that trigger the symptoms. The common culprits here are spicy and fatty foods. These foods generally take longer to digest, which means there will be more acid in the stomach. Other foods to avoid are garlic, onions, citrus, and chocolate. You should also control your caffeine and alcohol intake. These beverages tend to relax the LES, making it do its function less effectively.

2. Try antacids.

Antacids help neutralize the stomach acid. Make sure that you use antacids that have magnesium hydroxide and aluminum hydroxide. Take note that overuse can cause diarrhea and constipation.

3. Use histamine blockers.

You can also try using histamine blockers. They reduce the production of acid in your stomach. Take them 30 minutes before eating or going to sleep.

4. Eat smaller meals.

Eating large meals can lead to acid reflux. Try eating smaller meals spread throughout the day instead of eating 3 large meals. This helps your digestive tract by giving it time to digest the food properly before it takes another load. Also resist the urge of lying down right after eating a meal. It is recommended to eat 2-3 hours before you lie down and go to bed.

5. Lose weight.

Obese people are at higher risk of suffering from acid reflux disease. This is because the excess body fat puts more pressure on the stomach. There have been a lot of studies that proved the link between obesity and acid reflux. So start aiming to maintain your ideal weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

6. Avoid wearing tight clothes.

When you are trying to stop acid reflux, you may have to sacrifice your fashion statement, or at least change it a little. That tight jeans and gorgeous belt may not be too friendly to your stomach. Tight clothing increases the pressure on the stomach, potentially affecting the digestion of food.

7. Consult your doctor.

If you find that you still suffer from acid reflux symptoms after following the steps above, consult your doctor immediately. Your acid reflux may be severe and you may need the help of a professional. Your doctor could also recommend surgery if medications are not enough to get rid of acid reflux.

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      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      I hope the tips above will help you treat acid reflux. Thanks for visiting!

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      James 5 years ago

      I have been suffering from acid reflux for a quite long time now. Thanks for this useful information

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      Cliff Mendrez 6 years ago from Philippines

      jhunpaler, thanks. I hope you found this hub useful.

      Katrine, thank you once again for the great feedback!

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      KatrineDalMonte 6 years ago

      Excellent article, so much information to help anyone suffering from this problem. Well done and thank you.

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      jhunpaler 6 years ago from Philippines

      informative hub :) thanks for list :)