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Acid Reflux

One of the conditions very common to modern man is acidreflux. Millions of people all over the globe are suffering from this medicalproblem, which is usually caused by damage of the esophagus.

In these patients, stomach acid starts to go back into theesophagus, because of the problem with lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Under normalcircumstances, LES opens and the food may enter the stomach. After that, LEScloses and the food remains there. However, if LES is relaxed or damaged, thepatients experience reflux of the stomach acid into the esophagus and thethroat. Stomach acid is actually hydrochloric acid and it corrodes theesophagus. Problem may be exaggerated further if the person eats something withjagged edges, such and crackers or corn chips. Spicy and fried foods have alsobeen known to cause worsening of the acid reflux.

Improve the Problem

For the people suffering from acid reflux it is very importantto know the basic rules. They should change their diet to avoid the cause oftheir esophageal problem.

4 to 5 smaller meals throughout the day are recommended forevery patients recovering from acid reflux. Don’t eat cereals in the morning andchoose fruits for breakfast. Replace the coffee (causing toomuch acid) for kukicha twig tea. Lunch should contain salad with tofu or chickenbreast, combined with romaine. Use olive oil and add some lemon juice. Avoidvinegar, because the lemon is more alkaline and more beneficial for you. Eat almonds,walnuts and some other fruits during the day as snacks. Dinner should be eaten3 or more hours before bedtime. If you start to chew the gum between meals itmight help you to decrease stomach acid, as well.

Eat slowly and chew the food completely. Also, try to eat inrelaxed and stress free environment.

For people recovering from acid reflux, doctors recommend physicalactivity and losing excess weight. Proper stress management is also immenselyvaluable and some might find meditation to be their way to eliminate stressform their live for good.

Avoid spicy, fried food, raw garlic, raw onions and anythingmade of tomato, because all these things may worsen your condition and delayrecovery. Don’t eat chocolate, no matter how hard it may be. Quit smoking andstop drinking, also, for these can hinder recovery.

There are more than several natural preparations that mightbe helpful for people suffering from acid reflux and help them through therecovery process. Aloe vera, licorice, slippery elm and Marshmallow are knownto improve the healing of damaged esophagus. Natural honey is also extremelybeneficial and patients recovering from acid reflux are advised to use it.

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