acid reflux

Acid Reflux can cause chest pain.

Do you suspect that your frequent incidents of heartburn might actually be acid reflux? While some of the signs of this quite common condition are obvious, some may be set aside as nothing more than heartburn or indigestion. Here are some of the common symptoms:

Burning Sensation – Many people who suffer from this condition experience a burning feeling in the area of the sternum, sometimes even mistaken for rib or muscular pain or indigestion. This is due to strong acids backing up through the esophagus.

Regurgitation – Stomach acids shooting their way up through your esophagus leave a burning sensation along with a bitter or sour taste in the back of your throat.

Frequent Burping and Hiccups – The uncomfortable full feeling that goes along with acid reflex trigger contractions of the diaphragm, causing gas to be emitted up from the gullet.

Feeling of fullness or bloating – A build up of gases and fluids in the stomach can cause the person to feel uncomfortably full. The rib cage can feel restricted or the heart or stomach area may feel a sense of internal pressure.

Chronic coughing – The stomach acid that backs up into the esophagus irritates the back of the throat and causes constant coughing.

Nausea and vomiting – The overproduction of acid causes many sufferers to feel nauseous after every meal and may lead to vomiting, which further burns the lining of the esophagus.

How to Stop Acid Reflux Naturally

Prevention of the discomfort, burning, and pain that can come with acid reflux is easily addressed by making just a few lifestyle changes.

1.    Eat smaller meals more often.  Instead of eating three big meals a day, try eating smaller meals five to six meals a day. Binge eating is especially a bad idea as it can cause pressure on the abdomen and stomach and cause stomach acid to rise up through the esophagus.
2.    Avoid eating greasy or fatty foods. Avoid eating any refined or processed food that makes your gastric juices work overtime and trigger acid attacks.
3.    Don’t smoke and don’t drink alcohol. Both nicotine and alcohol cause the esophageal sphincter to contract, which in turn causes the contents of your stomach to be expelled back into the esophagus
4.    Don’t eat anything at all for at least three hours before you go to bed. This prevents food from being regurgitated up your esophagus later.
5.    Elevate your bed. If you have a weak lower esophageal sphincter, sleeping on your back can aggravate it. Consider sleeping on an incline so that your head is six inches higher than your feet. You can accomplish this by propping yourself up on pillows or by putting risers on the bed’s foot posts.
6.    Wear comfortable clothes. Avoid wearing tailored clothing that constricts your waist or stomach.  Belts, sashes, and waistlines can apply too much pressure to the stomach, encouraging acids to enter the esophagus.
7.    Chew gum after you eat. Chewing gum stimulates the production of saliva, which in turn clears the acid from your stomach and provides relief.

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