Most Common Acid Reflux
treatment consists of a variety of lifestyle changes, natural, over the counter and prescription
medicine as well as surgery. There is no quick miracle fix to completely get rid of the condition as it
is life lasting, however with a few changes and tips any person should be able to live a normal life and keep their
gerd symptoms in check. Most of the problems and complications come from either ignoring or not understanding the
Since most of the problems are due to stomach acid backing
up and destroying the lining of the esophagus, the first thing to keep in mind is that the main focus point is on
preventing this very thing from happening. The reason that the stomach produces acid is to break down food and
there are different types of food as well as other causes such as smoking or drinking which induce additional acid
Following the advice listed below might make you feel better and healthier then
you ever thought you can.
Lifestyle changes are
Although the drug industry would have most people convinced
that the best thing you can do is grab for a piece of medicine, there are other better and cheaper choices
available. Many of the causes of the condition are due to the lifestyle choices that we make on a daily
Instead of eating a couple large meals, it is important to eat five
or six smaller portions throughout the day. Just because the restaurants like to fill up your plate it does
not mean that it is a smart thing to eat it all. In most European countries for example, serving portions tend
to be quite smaller than what you will find in the US. By eating smaller portions, the stomach is never
overfilled and is able to receive nutrients throughout the day without you ever feeling hungry. This in turn
places less pressure on the stomach and will reduce the chance that the food will travel back up the
Getting enough sleep, and exercising will allow your immune
system to function their best. Being over tired and stressed out only improves the chances of gerd and can work
against you. Do not eat right before sleep and allow your stomach a few hours to empty before laying down. This
will prevent from reflux wrecking havoc during your sleep.
Dress comfortably so that the pants do not place unnecessary
pressure on the stomach. Also try to sit up after eating, avoid recliners, and attempt to sleep at an elevated
position to protect your throat.
In virtually any store, a person can find an aisle of heartburn
medication consisting of gentle antacids and histamine H2 blockers. This is due in part to the twenty five million
of individuals suffering from this illness. There are many commercials on TV which show a person eating a huge meal
and taking heartburn medication so that they can stop the symptoms in their tracks. This is partly true, but these
pills only treat the symptoms and never the cause.
The problem really escalates as the severity of the reflux gets
to the point where the medications no longer work. There are also numerous people who mostly get heartburn in their
sleep without even knowing it. I have met some of them which didn't even realize what was happening until they
either lost their voice or developed a serious disorder of the throat.
This does not mean that there is no room for such medications
as it can definitely help keep reflux in check. It should be taken along with the lifestyle changes in order to
supplement the change and help during the more painful bouts of heartburn or sour stomach.
Once the reflux becomes more severe it might be necessary to
take some of the more powerful medicines. A test should be performed to get a proper diagnosis, and based on that
the doctor will be able to prescribe the medicine that is most likely to help.
There are a two different types of these powerful drugs such as
the pro-kinetic agents and proton pump inhibitors. They both work differently, but with the same goal in mind, and
that is to control the production of stomach acid.
Natural and home
Over the years people developed many natural remedies for
reflux, some dating back thousands of years. These may work very well for some and a bit less for others. It is
more of a trial and error when it comes to anything natural. However, this does not mean that they are not as
useful and partnered along with lifestyle changes can be a very powerful ally.
Many of these can be made or bought at the local grocery store
and most come with zero side effects unlike chemically produced medicine.
Surgery, when all else
This should be the last thing that you even think about when
dealing with acid reflux. Most of the surgeries only work for a short time, and either have to be redone or produce
additional complications. Some people have no choice but to take them, and that is fine... but it should not be
done as an easy way out as it usually is everything but that.
There are procedures such as Endoscopies and Fundoplication
during which the surgeon tightens the LES to stop the acid from moving up into the esophagus. One of the main
problems is that this also prevents food from going down and can create major problems during eating. Once a tear
happens, the procedure has to be done again. This is one acid reflux
treatment that I would undertake with the upmost caution.