Prevent Acid Reflux Naturally With These Tips
Are you in love…or is it just heartburn? If you have ever had acid reflux, also known as GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) or peptic ulcer disease, you know the classic symptom is a painful feeling of “heartburn.” Although it has nothing to do with your heart, acid reflux is a very common problem that is a sign of poor digestive health and an unhealthy diet.
A common myth is that heartburn is caused by too much acid in your stomach, which is why acid-blocking drugs are typically prescribed. This is a serious misconception as the problem usually results from having too little acid in your stomach!
To relieve the pain of heartburn most turn to antacids. This covers up the symptom (reducing acidity) but only makes the problem worse by decreasing the acidity. This process limits the body from effectively digesting the food. This causes further stress on the enzymatic system of the pancreas as well as the other digestive organs.
Tips to Avoid Acid Reflux
- Avoid eating large or heavy meals, especially before bedtime
- Avoid a regular diet of processed foods and sugar
- Use a quality digestive enzyme and probiotic supplement. Especially if you are going to eat an excessively large meal.
- Consider adding some fermented foods to your diet
- Take raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar on a regular basis. This is a wonderful and inexpensive health food. You may want to read the book by Patricia and Paul Bragg, “Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System.”
- Avoid using antacids long term. They actually reduce the acid in your stomach needed to properly digest your food (especially proteins).
- Ask your doctor about the medications you are on. Some medications have the side effect of causing acid reflux. Common culprits include anxiety medications and antidepressants, antibiotics, blood pressure medications, nitroglycerin, osteoporosis drugs, and pain relievers.
For those who think acid reflux is just a minor health inconvenience, know that if left uncorrected, it can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, which is a precursor to cancer! So rather than continuing an unhealthy lifestyle and popping antacids, you may want to consider a consultation with Dr. Sayed Shah, a digestive system functional medicine doctor. You’ll be glad you did!