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Food Sensitivity and Your Acid Reflux

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Food sensitivity plays a large role in your acid reflux, or at the very least, can be ruled out—or identified—by your physician. Some foods may have a subtle effect on you about because not all food allergies are obvious. This is sometimes the case for those with GERD—lifelong food allergies that they remain unaware of. They continue to eat the same food without realizing that it causes acid reflux flare-ups.

Curing your acid reflux starts with identifying what foods may be contributing to your symptoms.

While there are many foods typically associated as GERD triggers—alcohol, raw onions, citrus fruits, tomatoes—these might not be what’s causing your heartburn. A food sensitivity test will identify your problem foods and beverages, rather than force you to give up a ton of foods you love that may not even be responsible for your condition in the first place.

To beat hidden food allergies and combat your acid reflux, we offer 2 different food sensitivity tests that gauge your immunological reaction to a multitude of foods, depending on which test you purchase. There’s a Food Sensitivity Test for 96 foods, and one for 184 foods.

The food sensitivity tests help your physician understand what impacts your body in a negative way, so they can create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and symptoms. Often times, removing a problem food is enough to decrease flare ups; but if the damage caused by your GERD is significant, further treatment options may be necessary. Food sensitivity tests are the best place to start when attempting to cure your acid reflux.

If you’re ready to assess your food sensitivity and potential trigger foods, contact us about the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program. Our physician-supervised program evaluates your symptoms and provides a custom approach to your specific needs and issues. We’ll also walk you through how the food sensitivity tests work.

Restoring Balance to Your Digestive System

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Restoring balance to your digestive system, in the case of acid reflux, may not be a matter of too much acid, but too little.

When you suffer from acid reflux or heartburn, your body reacts to an imbalance in your digestive system.

The goal of curing your acid reflux is to restore balance to your body. By treating the person, we’re able to remedy the cause of your symptoms. Over-the-counter antacids and other medications only mitigate symptoms.

Proton-pump inhibitors don’t do anything to address the cause of flare ups. Our naturopathic approach utilizes non-invasive techniques to pinpoint the cause of your discomfort and treats it using natural means.

One of the large causes of digestive system imbalance is misinformation. Patients often recite information they’ve been told by doctors, websites, and books—for years—that is outdated or simply wrong.

That’s why our Cure Your Acid Reflux Program puts an emphasis on education. We’ll walk you through not only the treatment plan, but the state of your body and explain what’s happening to it—and why, even after years of visits to the doctor and antacids, you’re still suffering.

We designed our physician-supervised program to address this imbalance in a proactive, natural way. By using dietary supplements, you’re able to relieve discomfort and symptoms caused by bacterial imbalance.

We also have supplements to help support a healthy esophagus and digestive system, or something like our digestive bitters that promote healthy stomach function.

The Cure Your Acid Reflux Program is an individualized approach that doesn’t start and end with supplements, however. WE provide you with a physician-supervised plan, education, food sensitivity testing, and 24/7 support via phone and email.

If you believe your system is suffering from an imbalance, contact us about the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program. Our physician-supervised program evaluates your symptoms and provides a custom approach to your specific needs and issues.

3 Acid Reflux Myths

hot wingsAcid reflux myths. What don’t you know?

Acid reflux sufferers deal with more than just the pain and discomfort of flare-ups—they also struggle with misinformation. The surplus of information out there on GERD and chronic reflux contains its share of acid reflux myths, and we want to help educate you on what might be true, and what might be worth disregarding.

Knowing what info to trust will help you lead a freer, healthier life as you can put the legitimate solutions to practice—and ignore those remedies that might only harm you in the long run.

Drink Less Liquid with Your Meals to Reduce the Likelihood of Flare-ups: True

Staying hydrated between meals is far better for your body than overindulging in liquids while you eat.

When you drink too much during a meal, you’ll only dilute the acid in your stomach, which leads to discomfort, bloating, and belching. Using a smaller glass and drinking less will also decrease the likelihood of increasing the pH of your stomach juices—something that causes trouble for your esophageal sphincter.

Give Up Hot or Spicy Foods If You Have Acid Reflux: False

The outcry against spicy foods when it comes to acid reflux is noticeable. They say when acid reflux is a problem, spicy food is the first thing that should go, but the evidence against your favorite hot sauce or Mexican dish is underwhelming.

Although spicy foods can trigger heartburn, there’s no hard proof that giving them up will improve or cure your acid reflux. Eating spicy foods in moderation and making other lifestyle changes can be much more effective in the long run when managing your acid reflux.

Medication Is the Only Way to Treat Acid Reflux Successfully: False

Many people who suffer from acid reflux commit themselves to antacids and other drugs to mitigate and fight heartburn. When they find temporary relief, they depend on those medications for long-term relief as well, but they may risk long-term side effects instead.

Natural remedies such as lifestyle changes, massage, and meditation have proven themselves capable of eliminating flare-ups and even acid reflux altogether.

Natural remedies promote a healthier life by considering the bigger picture. Depending on over-the-counter antacids or prescription proton pump inhibitors won’t do anything to change what triggers your acid reflux, or address the behavior that leads to it.

Part of how we treat acid reflux is through education and support. We want to help you understand what might be causing your acid reflux so you can eliminate triggers or change behaviors that may be provoking flare-ups. Food sensitivity tests and one-on-one consultations provide the kind of support structure designed to treat the symptoms of acid reflux and the condition itself.

Manage Stress to Reduce Your Acid Reflux

yogaBattling stress is one of the leading causes of acid reflux flare-ups.

When you let stress overwhelm you and take over your life, your body reacts appropriately—and so does your acid reflux. Stress, anxiety, and even fear sometimes cause an abundance of stomach acid.

When you suffer from GERD or typical acid reflux due to other health factors, adding stress to the mix only makes the pain more severe.

Stress may not be the sole cause of your acid reflux, but learning how to manage your stress will help reduce the likelihood of flare-ups.

We care about your health and want to make the journey toward beating your acid reflux a reality. Here are 3 natural ways to deal with hectic living to minimize the impact stress has on your acid reflux.

Meditation

Finding your center. Attaining a state of calm. Meditation brings you back to a mindset where stress melts away.

Meditation relaxes you physically, mentally, and emotionally—and when your body is relaxed, flare-ups occur less often. Meditation is something you can do at home or during a 5-minute break at work. All you need is quiet and a space to relax in.

Massage

If you enjoy relaxing in silence, then try massage therapy.

Massage therapy isn’t just for backaches and relaxation anymore—it’s also great for adjusting your mood and behavior. Massages help correct symptoms of stress, such as angry outbursts, restlessness, and anxiety. The wonderful thing about massages is that they target specific areas of the body, and there are multiple techniques a therapist could apply.

Hot stone massages, Swedish massage, and aromatherapy massage are all viable options, and each one offers something different.

Lifestyle Changes

For a solution closer to home, consider making some changes in your life. Look at your schedule to understand what might be triggering your stress. Identifying what makes you anxious or worried can lead to relief, so it’s important to decide what activities you can change or do without.

Leaving a stressful job will go a long way toward curbing negative feelings and anxiety.

If you’ve found ways to manage your stress and you’re still suffering from acid reflux flare-ups and GERD, contact us about the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program. Our physician-supervised program evaluates your symptoms and provides a custom approach to your specific needs and issues.

Acid Reflux Treatment: What’s Stress Got to Do with It?

stressed girlThere’s more to acid reflux than meets the eye…er, your gut. Food is commonly cited as the culprit for intense heartburn, GERD, and other symptoms / consequences of acid reflux—but what about stress?

Let’s look at what stress can do to us.

Being stressed out can lead to…

  • Overeating.
  • Distracting yourself with food.
  • Eating the wrong kinds of food.
  • Becoming an unconscious eater.

Okay, so food still plays a big part in acid reflux, but you see what we’re getting at: being stressed or letting the pressures of life bring you down can lead to unhealthy habits, which in turn triggers acid reflux flare-ups.

It makes sense that if you cut stress out of your life, you might also be kicking your acid reflux to the curb.

Now, say you already suffer from acid reflux. That in itself can be a stressful experience. Sudden flare-ups. Uncertainty about whether that next bite of food is going to help or exacerbate your problem… Suffering from GERD feels hopeless at times, but the important thing is to know that you are not alone, and you can implement natural acid reflux treatments to keep it from ruling your life.

And what’s more natural than moving to a place where stress bears no weight in your day-to-day life?

Managing the stress associated with acid reflux is doable, even from the comfort of your own home. Meditation is a great way to reduce the stress you experience, with life or with your acid reflux. Simply by reaching a calmer state of mind, you could find your center amidst unwanted flare-ups.

Whether you’re dealing with the emotional turmoil of suffering from acid reflux, or you think stress is what’s causing that chronic heartburn, we’re here to help. Contact us to speak with a naturopath who cares, and start living a happier, stress-free life.

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Natural Approach: The Safe, Effective Treatment for Acid Reflux

woman touching her throatMany GERD sufferers use over-the-counter medications as their first step for ridding themselves of that uncomfortable, burning sensation, but there’s a catch: OTC medicines are designed to mask symptoms but not actually treat them.

And that means people pay money to ignore the problem—and not to rid themselves of acid reflux.

In contrast, a natural approach to treating GERD offers a safer and more effective treatment than reliance on over-the-counter medications that only mask the symptoms of acid reflux.

In fact, the benefits of taking a more natural approach will not only save you money—it can also lead to positive changes which can lead to an overall healthier life.

It’s estimated that nearly 20% of the U.S. population suffers from symptoms of acid reflux, so how the affliction is treated is worth considering in your day-to-day life.

Going all natural to treat acid reflux.

Lifestyle changes such as losing weight and eating specific healthy foods like raw almonds or Red Delicious apples have been shown to help treat the symptoms of acid reflux. Following holistic remedies can address the whole individual rather than just the acid reflux, leading to a healthier lifestyle.

Naturopathic solutions generally focus on restoring your body’s balance through education and supplemental products. The Cure Your Acid Reflux Program, for example, is a physician-supervised program that evaluates and tests your body in order to develop a targeted, custom-treatment plan for your acid reflux.

The goal of the program is to correct and restore balance while promoting healthy functionality. It’s not trying to cover up symptoms or sweep them under the rug like most OTC medicines.

Part of restoring balance to your digestive system, stomach and esophagus is eating the right foods. Food Sensitivity testing is a great way to make those changes in your lifestyle and diet easier by telling you which foods your body doesn’t agree with.

The comprehensive blood test is used to measure your immunological reaction to specific foods, targeting those that could be the cause of your acid reflux.

Once you know which foods are instigating your reflux or other health issues, you can take a proactive step toward actually treating them. There’s nothing more natural than changing the way you eat for the better!

You can enjoy a healthier lifestyle and free yourself from the pain of acid reflux by finding a solution that is custom fitted to your needs. Understanding what foods your body may be sensitive to, or addressing the actual problem of imbalances in your body, is a proactive and natural path to treatment of acid reflux.

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7 Herbs that Soothe Acid Reflux Symptoms

teaHerbal remedies can be used as handy DIY treatments for a number of ailments, particularly acid reflux.

Nutritional research indicates that herbal intake enables aids in the process of riding your body of acid reflux, heartburn, and indigestion.

Consider some the following herbal remedies the next time you feel a bout of acid reflux coming on—or to keep it at bay.

  1. Slippery Elm is an herb used to commonly treat sore throat, cough, and digestive disorders, which is useful those suffering from acid reflux. Slippery Elm contains a mucilage, which is a thick, gluey substance derived from most plants (aloe vera being particularly rich with mucilage, for example). This herb can be taken as a tea, capsule, or tincture for treating symptoms of GERD.
  2. Ginger Root has been used the world over for hundreds of years as an ideal herbal remedy for treating nausea, which is a common symptom of GERD. Ginger root can be taken as a liquid extract, in tablet form, or as a powder and used to make tea.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar, specifically the unrefined variety containing “the mother”, is a very common herbal remedy used to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux. Taking a few teaspoons in a large glass of water can help aid in digestion.
  4. Chamomile, when taken as a tea, helps to sooth the lining of the esophagus because it contains a mucilage. Chamomile tea has shown to be effective in reducing the activity of pepsin in the gastrointestinal tract to create a protective coating against stomach acid.
  5. Marshmallow Root can be taken in capsule form or as a cold infusion—steeped in water overnight. The thick, slightly bitter, sweet-tasting, and soothing drink helps to coat the esophagus and stomach lining. And because it contains a mucilage, marshmallow can be used to heal damage caused by excessive acid production—a symptom many with acid reflux experience struggle with.
  6. Turmeric can be added to warm water and gargled to help alleviate heartburn—a symptom associated with GERD sufferers. It is also helpful for when you have a sore throat or sores in your mouth. Turmeric, like most herbs, can be taken in capsule form as well.
  7. Chewable Licorice—the form of licorice that has had the glycyrrhizin removed—is what you should aim for. Otherwise it can be responsible for water retention or an increase in blood pressure. Chewing this herb at the onset of heartburn aids in reducing stomach inflammation, protects the stomach lining, and helps to soothe ulcer conditions. It also promotes enzyme production which further aids in efficient digestion.

Herbal remedies are a great, natural way to treat acid reflux symptoms; but as always, they are best taken in moderation. Do a little research into the different herbs and herbal remedies to see which might be best for you, based on your symptoms and existing health concerns.

Some herbs could exasperate existing conditions if not taken correctly, or simply may not be safe depending on your current health. Seeing a naturopathic doctor is a safe way to explore some of these amazing at-home remedies.