What Do You Know about Acid Reflux?
There are literally millions of people suffering from acidreflux all over the world. Some estimation says that 7 millions of these livein the United States and suffer from severe form of this medical condition.Additional 15 millions of Americans reported chronic heartburn as one of theirmedical problems. Although the majority of the patients are people in their40s, this problem may affect anyone, regardless their age. It doesn’t have anypreferences whatsoever on the race and can affect people of any color. Socioeconomicstatus also doesn’t matter and both rich and poor people may suffer from acidreflux.
Relaxed or damaged lower esophageal sphincter (or LES) isthe cause of this problem. It should hold the food away from the esophagus onceit passes through this organ. However, when there are some problems, the foodmixed with stomach acid start to go back, upwards and end up in the esophagusand the throat. Stomach acid may damage the lining of the esophagus and causesymptoms such as burning and pain in the chest or in the throat, swallowingproblems (dysphagia) and hoarseness. People with acid reflux may alsoexperience asthma and dental erosion.
Untreated acid reflux may become a serious medicalcondition. Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer are some of the potentialdangers for people suffering from this condition. Many of them turn tomedications in order to avoid these complications.
Drugs and Other Treatments for Acid Reflux
Antacids, H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) arethe most common drugs recommended to people suffering from acid reflux. All of the drugs mentioned here have certainside effects and many people are more than reluctant to use them, especially asthe long term treatment option.
There are also some natural remedies and lifestyle changesthat have proved to bring positive results for these patients. Slippery elm, Marshmallowand aloe vera are advised by many herbalists as the solution for acidreflux. Among the herbs used to treat this medical condition, bladderwrack andlicorice are also frequently found to be very useful. Natural honey isextremely beneficial and many reported it helped them to recover much fasterfrom acid reflux.
Eating food in a proper manner is also very important for thesepatients. Eat slowly and chew the food thoroughly. Skip the coffee and drinksome kukicha tea. Fruits are much healthier choice for the morning than thecereals if you are suffering from acid reflux. Eat smaller portions of food andinstead 3 big meals eat 4 or 5 smaller ones. Dinner should be at leastseveral hours before sleeping.
Avoid the food which is known to provoke heartburn and acidreflux. This includes: spicy, fried food, coffee, alcohol and anything elsethat worsens your problem.