Studies done by several medical institutions revealed that approximately twenty-five million adults experience acid reflux on a daily basis. So, what are the causes of acid reflux? What are some of the acid reflux treatments available? These are some of the questions I would like to tackle to help you get some relief from acid reflux.
Let’s first take a closer look at what causes acid reflux.
Basically it’s a condition where gastric juices back up into the esophagus, creating a burning sensation known as heartburn. The esophagus doesn’t have the same protective lining as the stomach so when acid juices back up this damages the lining which causes the burning sensation.
It can be so severe that the acid juices can “reflux” all the way to the voice box and the back of the throat. Typically this happens more often at night or early in the morning because it is easier for the acid to back up into the throat when a person is lying down.
So now that we have some ideas as to what are the causes let’s take a look at some acid reflux treatments and preventive measures.
Typically, the first thing people want to do when they are experiencing acid reflux is to treat it with antacids. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of the fact that there are some long term adverse effects of continual use of antacids. For instance, the calcium contained in these products are poorly absorbed by the body thus creating a calcium deficiency. Also, some antacids contain aluminum which some studies have shown to be a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
So, instead of reaching for an antacid let’s look at some natural acid reflux treatments.
- Try ginger or slippery elm tea.
- Chew deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL)
- Drink a glass of room temperature water
- Take probiotics that contain at least 2 to 6 billion cultures per capsule
Also, try raising your bed or pillow to elevate your head so when you are lying down you won’t be totally flat. This will help to prevent gastric juices from flowing back into the esophagus. These are just a few acid reflux treatment suggestions you should try to help prevent it from occurring.
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