In the United States, approximately 20 percent of the population suffers from acid reflux, and perhaps you’re part of this statistic.
This research was published in 2004, and given the prevalence of unhealthy lifestyles in America and the absence of more recent data, we can assume that this number has remained somewhat constant.
The sad reality is that many people in this statistic have not found relief for their acid reflux apart from a regular dose of medication.
Maybe you’re not quite sure why you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
But you do know that you’re dependent on that daily pill to quiet the debilitating symptoms of acid reflux.
You don’t have to continue in this situation. There is hope.
But first, you need understand the dos and don’ts of acid reflux.
Do Understand the Cause of GERD
The first step toward empowerment is to understand where your acid reflux comes from in the first place.
Current medical knowledge will tell you that you have GERD because you have a malfunctioning esophageal sphincter. What isn’t addressed is why this is occurring.
You may think your acid reflux is caused by your stomach producing too much acid; however, this isn’t the case.
GERD occurs because of too little stomach acid, not too much.
Once you understand the root cause of your acid reflux, you won’t be chasing the wrong solutions.
Don’t Settle for Medication
Once you understand why you are experiencing acid reflux in the first place, you’ll realize that the medication you’re taking is only placing a band-aid on the true problem.
In the past, your doctor may have prescribed medications that neutralize your stomach acid or suppress stomach acid production.
Here are the typical categories of mainstream medication for acid reflux:
- Antacids (like Tums)
- Proton Pump Inhibitors (like Prilosec)
- H2-blockers (like Zantac)
The problem with medication is that it suppresses your body’s natural functions and doesn’t address the root cause of your symptoms.
Even worse, these medications can have side effects. Proton Pump Inhibitors have been linked to serious health ailments:
- Heart attacks
- Kidney disease
Don’t settle for medication; it’s not worth the risk, and there are other, better alternatives.
Do Change Your Lifestyle
Relying on harmful medication may provide the easier route. But if you want lasting, natural change, you’ll need to discipline yourself to change your lifestyle.
Your daily routine may incorporate behaviors that aggravate your GERD flare-ups.
For instance, one study recommends eating between 3-5 meals a day and avoiding a big meal in the evening to reduce GERD symptoms.
And other research shows that making an effort to lose weight may give you some relief.
Don’t Eat Certain Foods
Another way you can experience natural relief from your acid reflux is by changing your diet. Certain foods can provoke your GERD.
As mentioned in a previous blog post, here are some foods to stay clear of if you want to gain control of this debilitating disease:
- Caffeinated beverages
- Alcoholic beverages
- Fried foods
- High-fat meats
- Citrus fruits
Like lifestyle changes, altering your diet may require some discipline.
Purpose to eat home-cooked meals to avoid the temptations of your favorite Italian restaurant or coffee shop bakery.
A list of dos and don’ts is good, but a comprehensive solution is better.
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