Acid Reflux Disease

Published: 08th December 2009
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Acid Reflux or Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is not a disease rather it is a condition. Over stuffing and under eating, excess use of spicy foods, regular drinking of alcohol and smoking accompanied with no exercise are considered as primary causes for acid reflux.

As you may know, acid reflux currently affects people all over the world. Even though there are so many people out there that suffer from this problem, there are even more people that do not know the symptoms of acid reflux. When studying its symptoms, you will find that the symptoms in adults are totally different than the symptoms in infants and children.

Acid reflux heartburn is a serious health problem that affects more than 50 million people. Left untreated acid reflux heartburn may lead to a more serious condition such as gastroesophageal reflux disease and in some case cancer. For most people heartburn is an infrequent occurrence that comes from eating or drinking the wrong things. These intermittent acid reflux suffers can with a simple change in life style stop the symptoms of heartburn.

One should include vegetables like baked potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, green beans and peas. Also there are animal products that are very good for acid reflux disease. Ground beef, extra lean steak, broil chicken breast, skinless egg whites, egg substitute, fish etc are also considered to be good in acid reflux disease relief.

Among the grains pretzels, rice - either brown or white, graham crackers, rice cakes, corn bread, cereal, bran or oatmeal, and multigrain breads are considered to be friendly for acid reflux sufferers.

The most common acid reflux cause is triggered from the physical inability of the lower oesophageal sphincter to prevent the stomach acid from travelling up the oesophagus. Unfortunately because this is a physical abnormality, most medications cannot address the root cause. Thus, the only solution is surgery to strengthen the sphincter, thus enabling it to open and close properly.

When looking for alternative medicine and acid reflux relief, you may find references to herbal and botanicals and some people find that these are effective. Herbal remedies for acid reflux may include chamomile, meadowsweet, slippery elm, cancer bush, fennel, catnip, angelica root, gentian root, ginger root or other botanicals.

Slippery elm was used historically by native peoples to treat stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and other digestive complaints. Fennel and gingerroot were also common "folk remedies" for the relief of indigestion. Modern herbalists have found that a combination of several of the herbs that had been used for indigestion could be effective for acid reflux relief.

Another alternative medicine and acid reflux treatment plan may include a weight loss program. Obese and overweight people are more likely to suffer from acid reflux than are those who are at their ideal weight.

Herbal remedies for acid reflux include chamomile, meadowsweet, slippery elm, cancer bush, fennel, catnip, angelica root, gentian root, ginger root and other botanicals, including aloe. Slippery elm was used historically by native peoples to treat stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and other digestive complaints.

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