Dealing With Acid Reflux
Acid reflux, sometimes referred to by its full medical diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, is an irritating condition many people have to life with. It occurs when the valve that sits between the stomach and the esophagus doesn’t close correctly or opens too much. This allows the stomach’s acid to move up into the esophagus, which in turn creates a painful burning sensation in the chest that’s referred to as heartburn (even though it has nothing to do with the heart).
What causes the valve to malfunction? A number of things. One is a hiatal hernia, which is when the top part of the stomach has moved over the diaphragm. Other causes include being overweight, lying down right after eating a large meal, eating food right before going to bed, and eating certain foods or drinking certain beverages.
There are a number of different ways of dealing with acid reflux. For mild symptoms, many people take antacids or other over the counter medications. H2-blockers and proton pumps may also be taken to help stop the production of excess acid. In major cases, surgery may be necessary.
But you can control acid reflux naturally by eating certain foods. Oatmeal, for example, helps block acid reflux because the oatmeal can absorb more of the acid than other foods. Ginger is another food that can help with acid reflux. It has been used for centuries as a natural anti-inflammatory and as a cure for different gastrointestinal issues.
You may also want to start taking an acai berry supplement. Research has shown that a supplement such as the acai berry may be able to provide you with a number of benefits.
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