What is Acid Reflux?
Acid Reflux symptoms can be very painful. Heartburn, a burning sensation in the throat and difficulties swallowing may be felt. This is caused when acid from the stomach travels up into the esophagus, which does not have the same special lining the stomach has to protect it. When this happens, the esophagus may develop ulcers and/or scar tissue, which narrows it.
There is a sphincter muscle that usually keeps stomach acid where it belongs. Some things can cause it to open up at inappropriate times. Overeating, eating right before going to bed and carbonated beverages are a few, though there are others.
Once acid reflux disease starts, it seldom goes away completely, but there are things that can be done to relieve some of the symptoms. It is always best to get a diagnosis from your doctor before deciding what to do about the problem. Some situations will require medical intervention. However, many home remedies can be used at the same time as those recommended by your doctor.
Naturally, there are a few things you will have to avoid in order to prevent symptoms. Caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages are things to avoid. Also, avoid overeating.
Simple acid reflux remedies may come from baking soda and apples. The baking soda may neutralize the acid in the esophagus. Many also encourage using apple cider vinegar mixed with water while eating. Antacid tablets are also sometimes helpful, but in this case try to avoid calcium carbonate antacids, as they have the potential to make the problem worse.
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Be sure to speak with your doctor and/or pharmacist before starting any new supplement, to make sure it is right for you. Some herbs do have interactions with traditional medications and they can advise you.
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