Usually acid reflux is known by the name of "reflux esophagitis". There is an inflammation of the esophagus which is caused by the regurgitation of the content of the stomach. It is usually recognized by its major symptoms of "heartburn". It is also known by the name of "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease" (GERD). The name "reflux" or "reflux esophagitis" is also its very common name.
At some time or other almost everyone in their life experience this problem. Some people experiences this problem frequently like acid from the stomach backs into the oesophagus. In the long run it may lead to scar tissue and it causes swallowing problem. An increased risk of esophageal cancer is also linked with GERD.
Causes of Acid Reflux
The most common causes of Acid Reflux and Heartburn include:
Some antidepressants and sedatives
Elevated hormone levels during pregnancy
Eating before going to bed
Eating large meals
Slower emptying of the stomach
Frequently eating greasy, fried, and fatty foods
Drinking lots of bubbly (carbonated) beverages such as soda
Home Remedies for Acid Reflux
Eat softer foods for the first few days of your acid reflux treatment. Hard and crunchy foods will cause further damage to your weakened LES. Avoiding hard foods will allow your damaged LES valuable time to heal.
You should eliminate beverages and drink nothing but water. Sodas, coffee, and other drinks contain acid that will cause more damage to your LES. Be sure to drink at least 100 ounces of water a day...or at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day.
The only exception to the water only rule is aloe vera juice. The aloe vera plant has many healing properties. When it comes to healing the LES, aloe vera juice will help heal the tissue more quickly. Drinking aloe vera juice will help speed the healing process.
Eat at least three tablespoons of honey a day. Honey has been used as a natural healing agent for centuries. It will form a protective layer over the damaged tissues and protect them from infection. Be sure to eat one tablespoon just before bed.
Many people take apple cider vinegar as an acid reflux treatment. The taste may be difficult to swallow, but adding an acidic substance to the stomach can aid the digestion process. You will notice fewer acid reflux attacks.
Apple cider vinegar is considered to be the one of the best natural cures for acid reflux. In order to get the best result take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix it in a glass of water and drink it with during your meal. It gives soothing and calming effect to your stomach and also reduces the production of digestive fluids produce by it.
One of the most powerful natural cures for acid reflux is cinnamon. It helps the stomach in controlling the production of gastric acid and also normalizes the activity of stomach. Cinnamon is known for its antiseptic effect as well as its healing properties.
Increase the intake of fruits like grapefruits, bananas, dried figs and fresh papaya. These fruits are rich in enzymes and are also helpful in the process of digestion. Increase the intake of vegetables also as it is a source of vitamins and minerals.
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