The everyday problem of Acid Reflux or GERD
With our current diet and increasing dominance of fast food in today’s society, acid reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) has become an everyday problem. Basically, the food and liquids from the stomach come back up into the esophagus that causes irritation, burning in the esophagus and heartburn. Common symptoms include heartburn, bloating, vomiting, nausea, and cough. In severe cases, one can even feel the liquid come up in the mouth or upper esophagus also called regurgitation. Millions of people take antacids or similar drugs on a daily basis. While they may seem convenient and provide some relief, they are not the best or a permanent solution. People, who are more prone to this condition, should look into making lifestyle changes and adopting simple everyday tips that can help you manage this condition.
- Other than greasy, heavy food, stress is a major cause that triggers acid reflux. Adopting a calm, balanced approach to your everyday problems can be very helpful.
- Once you have identified which food items trigger your condition the most, you should immediately avoid or limit their consumption.
- Losing weight and regular exercise can help in some people who are overweight or obese.
- Drinking plenty of water
- Chewing food properly
- Having atleast 2-3 hours from your last meal, before you sleep is very crucial for most people. Elevating the head at night may help as well.
- Pineapple, papaya, chicory root
- Cinnamon , cardamon either in food preparation or in tea etc.
- Regulate caffeine intake and citrus foods.
- Avoid alcohol
- Quit smoking
- GERD reflux is also commonly seen pregnancy. In that case, relief can only be symptomatic and temporary. One may try some mild antacids or foods such as papaya and cardamom.
- Avoid spicy food or take something like yogurt or milk along with it to neutralize the acid.
- Certain birth control pills, beta-blockers and sedatives may also cause acid reflux. Check with your doctor to find a better alternative that may work for you.
- Avoid common over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen , asprin, Tylenol
Adding herbs to your salad and food preparation will also benefit towards preventing acid reflux and GERD. The key is to take more alkaline foods that will not cause reflux and heartburn as much. Most people respond well to lifestyle changes, and some with partial regulation of antacids. Though heartburn is an important indicator of acid reflux, other medical diagnostic tests include endoscopy, biopsy, esophageal manometry, pH monitoring and barium swallow esophagram. In some severe cases when symptoms go unchecked, it can also lead to several complications such as asthma, chronic cough, bronchospasm, esophageal ulcers, cancer and even dental problems.