One of the conditions very common to modern man is acid reflux. Millions of people all over the globe are suffering from this medical problem, which is usually caused by damage of the esophagus.
In these patients, stomach acid starts to go back into the esophagus, because of the problem with lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Under normal circumstances, LES opens and the food may enter the stomach. After that, LES closes and the food remains there. However, if LES is relaxed or damaged, the patients experience reflux of the stomach acid into the esophagus and the throat. Stomach acid is actually hydrochloric acid and it corrodes the esophagus. Problem may be exaggerated further if the person eats something with jagged edges, such and crackers or corn chips. Spicy and fried foods have also been known to cause worsening of the acid reflux.
Improve the Problem
For the people suffering from acid reflux it is very important to know the basic rules. They should change their diet to avoid the cause of their esophageal problem.
4 to 5 smaller meals throughout the day are recommended for every patients recovering from acid reflux. Don’t eat cereals in the morning and choose fruits for breakfast. Replace the coffee (causing too much acid) for kukicha twig tea. Lunch should contain salad with tofu or chicken breast, combined with romaine. Use olive oil and add some lemon juice. Avoid vinegar, 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 eaten 3 or more hours before bedtime. If you start to chew the gum between meals it might help you to decrease stomach acid, as well.
Eat slowly and chew the food completely. Also, try to eat in relaxed and stress free environment.
For people recovering from acid reflux, doctors recommend physical activity and losing excess weight. Proper stress management is also immensely valuable and some might find meditation to be their way to eliminate stress form their live for good.
Avoid spicy, fried food, raw garlic, raw onions and anything made of tomato, because all these things may worsen your condition and delay recovery. Don’t eat chocolate, no matter how hard it may be. Quit smoking and stop drinking, also, for these can hinder recovery.
There are more than several natural preparations that might be helpful for people suffering from acid reflux and help them through the recovery process. Aloe vera, licorice, slippery elm and Marshmallow are known to improve the healing of damaged esophagus. Natural honey is also extremely beneficial and patients recovering from acid reflux are advised to use it.