Managing Your Acid Reflux

by Nancy

Today, it is not uncommon for people in the U.S. and abroad to suffer from all kinds of diseases, illnesses, and other medical conditions. Some of the problems that people experience can be related to medical conditions like acid reflux. The symptoms of acid reflux in an individual can vary significantly from one to another so it is essential to recognize what they are before they can be addressed properly. 

That being said, if you have a sore throat or experiencing a certain amount of hoarseness for a particularly long period of time, it may not be from a cold or flu. Instead, you may be suffering from signs of acid reflux. While you may have hoarseness that will not go away, others may think that they are having a heart attack when they have a bad case of heartburn. Whatever the case, these are symptoms that must be addressed to keep them from growing into a bigger more serious issues. This is because these related to gastrointestinal issues that come from food lingering in the stomach and not emptying properly, acid backing up into the esophagus from the stomach or the improper clearance of food. To avoid these issues altogether, here are some things that you can do to better facilitate natural treatment solutions. 

1. Don’t Eat So Fast — Take Your Time Eating Your Food

One of the first things a physician may tell their patients is to slow down when they are eating. Eating too fast can be a significant part of experiencing acid reflux and other related issues. Simply put, some health professionals refer to slow eating as grazing. Grazing can be described as eating more small meals during the day rather eating 3 large meals at specific times (i.e. large breakfast, big lunch, and dinner). By eating slowly, you can keep the stomach acid from building up because you are too full. 

2. Substitute Carbonated beverages With Your Favorite Sparkling Water

To better manage these gastrointestinal problems, it is important for you to know what you can drink. Though it may appear that all liquid beverages are okay to drink, this is not really true. Thankfully, one way to address the changes in your lifestyle and essential natural treatment is to substitute carbonated drinks for your favorite sparkling water.

3. Time Your Eating for Better Treatment and Management of this Condition 

Eating a meal and lying down immediately afterward is like a ticking bomb just waiting to happen. Specifically, if you are already having problems with this type of condition. Understanding these facts, you should make sure that you are only eating meals and lying down after at least 3 hours of consuming your food. For example, if you eat a late night snack, you should make sure that you stay up without lying down for at least three hours.

4. Quit Smoking

If you smoke, it is time to quit. This is because nicotine tends to cause the lower esophageal splinter to relax in a position that irritates and aggravates your symptoms.