Acid reflux is a condition when the acid from the stomach returns into the esophagus. You may feel the pain or a burning sensation in the chest which usually appears after a meal. It is a common condition, especially after eating too much food that stimulates stomach acid. In most cases the symptoms are not severe and they go away on their own after some time, but there are people who suffer from acid reflux chronically. In severe cases the symptoms are persistent and you may have swallowing difficulties. The symptoms may be worse when you lie down or when you bend over.
If you were diagnosed with chronic acid reflux, your doctor will prescribe medications which can relieve the symptoms. These medications include antacids which neutralize the acid, medications which decrease the production of the acid and medications which prevent the production of the acid and heal the lining of the esophagus.
The best treatment for acid reflux is adequate diet, known as acid reflux diet. You should inform yourself about the food and drinks which are safe to consume and which should be avoided. Fruits such as bananas and apples are recommended because they will not cause acid. You can eat a lot of vegetables especially carrots, cabbage, peas, beans, baked potato and broccoli. As far as milk product are concerned eat only fat free. You can eat steak, beef and chicken breasts. You can also eat fish. White bread and corn bread are safe to eat. The stomach acid will not cause any troubles if you eat cereals, rice, jelly beans and pretzels. You should avoid lemon, orange, tomato, fried potato, onion, greasy meat, ice cream, milk shake, carbonated beverages, alcohol, coffee, doughnuts and chocolate.
Since stress can cause acid reflux, you should try to avoid stressful situations as much as possible. If you are receiving a treatment for depression or you are taking sedatives, you may be at risk of stomach irritation. Consult your doctor about treatment adjustments or natural remedies. If you are overweight, this may cause the acid to back up into the esophagus. You should lose the excess weight and maintain it normal. It is not recommended to wear very tight clothes because they can put the pressure on the stomach. Another practical change in your lifestyle is to keep the head end of your bed elevated. Since the symptoms of acid reflux may be worse at night, you can ease them by keeping your head and upper body higher.