Did you get Acid Reflux from eating too many rich foods during the this Season Celebration?
Acid reflux is when some of the acid content of the stomach flows up into the esophagus - into the gullet, which moves food down from the mouth. The American College of Gastroenterology says that over 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and at least 15 million as often as daily. A ring of muscle - the gastro esophageal sphincter - normally protects the esophagus from the contents of the stomach by acting as a valve by closing the entrance to the stomach. When this fails, the symptoms of acid reflex are felt, such as heartburn. This is also known as pyrosis or acid indigestion. It is believed one of the causes of acid reflux is indulging in excess amounts sugar which causes over acidity in the stomach.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you could have Acid Reflux. Bloating, Bloody or black stools or bloody vomiting, Burping, Dysphagia -- a narrowing of your esophagus, which creates the sensation of food being stuck in your throat, Hiccups that don't let up, Nausea, Weight loss for no known reason, Wheezing, dry cough, hoarseness, or chronic sore throat and of course heartburn and regurgitation.
Some Solutions and things that can help with settling down Acid Reflux are;
Apple Cider Vinegar can help with Acid Reflux mainly because it is alkaline forming. This means that it can neutralize acidity. One should drink it before meals so it ignites the digestion process with its high enzymes content. One should Drinking 1-3 tablespoons a day of raw apple cider vinegar can help reduce the amount of acidity in the stomach.
Aloe Vera is another of my favorites and I add it daily to my shake drink in the morning to start my day off right. Aloe Vera not only helps with digestion but also assists in soothing irritated tissues and fighting inflammation. Aloe Vera Juice is known for its abilities to improve digestion, cleanse the bowels and relieve constipation. In addition it has been used to relieve irritated tissues and promote the healing of skin and stomach ulcers. Aloe Vera Juice has even been know to assist in the regulating of female hormones, and counteracts the symptoms of PMSAND helps regulate liver functions. Aloe Vera helps counteract the symptoms of aging and aids with the treatment of burns and wounds. In addition Aloe Vera Juice fights bacterial and fungal infections.
Digestive Enzymes– Assists in the digestion of all types of food, with the exception of dairy. Ingredients in the Digestive enzymes include,; Protease = Protease is the enzyme that digests protein; Amylase = amylase digests carbohydrates and lipase digests lipids (fats). Pancreatin = Pancreatin is necessary for protein, lipid and carbohydrate digestion. Mycozyme = Mycozyme metabolizes carbohydrates. Bromelain = Bromelain, pepsin, and betaine HCl all help break down protein. And last but not least Bile Salts = Bile salts assist the digestion of lipids. These enhance the digestive process, with the additional support of natural food enzymes, by supplementing the natural production of hydrochloric acid, bile salts and digestive enzymes. No home should be without the Digestive Enzymes especially at rich seasonal meal celebrations.
Ginger is another of my favorites when it comes to Acid Reflux. Ginger stimulates the digestive system to produce more enzymes and secrete more bile for better digestion. So again one can add it to tea or better yet add some to your food when cooking.
Lemon TEA - Other ideas for Acid Reflux would be to drinking Lemon in your TEA. Even though lemon tastes sour lemon helps neutralize acidity in the stomach Again one should drink a cup of tea with lemon at least 10 to 15 minutes before the meal.
Papaya Mint is kept on our table and automatically taken with the meal. I love the Papaya Mint as it comes in a nice bottle with tablets that you chew. Don’t forget though fresh papaya is very good for the body also. Papaya is the source of an enzyme called papain, which breaks down protein and assists in the digestion of fats and carbohydrates. Peppermint promotes the production of digestive fluids and bile. Helps relieve indigestion, bad breath, bloating, colic, flatulence, and loss of appetite, gastric ulcers, and nausea.
This article is for Health Education. Always consult with a qualified practitioner before embarking on any program