Say Goodbye to Acid Reflux
I can’t count all the times patients have come to me with acid reflux complaints! With the fast foods, sodas, and chocolate-laced coffee drinks we grab all too often, along with late night eating, the opportunities to create too much stomach acid have become part of our daily routine!
Did you know, however, that by following a few simple guidelines and using some natural, non-drug remedies, that you can get rid of acid reflux for good? That’s right, and you don’t need to take prescription, or over-the-counter acid reducers that can have side effects and are expensive!
What Is Acid Reflux?
A few hours after eating your favorite spaghetti marinara, chocolate cake and coffee for dessert, you start burping up hot, sour liquid into your throat. Sounds like you? If so, you know what acid Acidaburn reflux feels like. Do you know, however, what causes it to occur? Allow me to explain.
When we eat, digestive acids work to digest food in our stomach. At the base of our stomach, there is a structure called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, a valve that opens and shuts letting acid-digested food pass out of our stomach into our small intestine.
However, if we eat heavy, oily, acidic dishes, these foods can cause the LES to relax and not close properly. Digestive acids in our stomach then reflux, or come back up the esophagus. The burp and burn sensation is acid traveling up, rather than down, the digestive tract.
Symptoms of Acid Reflux
All of us can have indigestion or heartburn once in a while from eating spicy food or drinking too much coffee, tea, alcohol, or soda. However, the following are common symptoms associated more with acid reflux than the occasional indigestion:
•Regurgitation of a burning, sour liquid in the back of your throat or mouth.
•Heartburn that seems to move from your stomach into your chest or throat.
•Painful swallowing from narrowing of the esophagus.
In addition, there are some other related symptoms of acid reflux that might surprise you:
•Chronic hiccups, burping – you swallow more trying to keep regurgitated food down.
•Chronic cough – acid droplets can aspirate or enter the lungs causing coughing.
•Chronic sore throat – acid can cause inflammation and pain of the throat tissues.
•Chronic hoarseness or “hot potato” voice – acid can affect your vocal chords as well.
•Bloody stool – acid can cause irritation and bleeding along the digestive tract.
•Sinus congestion – mucus protects the lining of your sinuses. Acid can back so far up the throat that it stimulates mucus production in response to the irritating agent.