Acid Reflux Cures: The most recommended courses of action to treat and prevent acid reflux/GERD symptoms are through non-medical reflux treatments such as adopting lifestyle changes.
Lifestyle Changes include:
- Stopping smoking
- Avoiding alcohol and other foods that trigger acid reflux (refer to the trigger foods list)
- Improve eating habits:
*Eat frequent small meals instead of fewer large meals
*Don’t lie down for 3 hours after eating
*Don’t eat before bedtime
*Don’t exercise directly after eating
*Don’t bend for long periods of time after eating
- Maintain a healthy weight. Learn what your target BMI (body mass index) is, and design a healthy plan to lose weight if you are overweight.
- Slightly elevate your head when sleeping to encourage food to stay in your stomach.
- Wear lose fitted clothing
- Practice stress management
- Engage in low impact exercises such as walking, swimming and moderate cycling to stay in shape.
Alternative therapies: These include a variety of different all-natural healing remedies such as:
- Homemade herbal remedies: This can include herbal teas such as teas containing lavender and anise, aromatherapy, or taking Active Manuka Honey or other herbal recipes for healing.
- Homeopathy: A healing method based on the belief that specially prepared natural substances used in small amounts restore health.
- Acupressure and acupuncture: These are ancient Chinese healing methods that focus on stimulating certain pressure points of the body to promote healing in the esophagus and preventing acid reflux.
Medications: There are a number of different over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs that can help prevent and alleviate acid reflux/GERD symptoms. Medications are primarily designed for two purposes:
1. Control the stomach’s production of gastric acids. Medications include:
- Antacids (I.E. Zantac, Tums, Alka-Seltzer, etc.) – to neutralize stomach acid
- H2-receptor antagonists – reduce acid production and helps to heal esophagitis (an inflamed esophagus).
- Proton pump inhibitors – reduce stomach acid production and helps heal esophagitis.
2. Strengthen the LES to prevent the backflow of stomach contents. Medications include:
Medications vary in price, effectiveness and side effects. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you consult with your doctor before taking any medications to treat your acid reflux/GERD symptoms so you can be properly informed and monitored.
Surgery: If you have GERD and natural remedies and medications do not alleviate symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery as treatment option.
Remember that the type of treatment you use depends on the cause of your acid reflux, how frequently you experience acid reflux, and whether or not you have GERD or other health conditions. It is usually best to opt for natural remedies first and make lifestyle changes before turning to medications and surgery as all medications and surgical procedures carry a certain level of health risk.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about the cause of your acid reflux before making any major lifestyle changes or adopting other acid reflux cures.
Acid Reflux Treatment
If you are suffering from acid reflux, GERD or heartburn most doctors will recommend some form of prescription medication to combat the symptoms you are experiencing. The problem with this approach is apart from being expensive, most medications prescribed for acid reflux, heartburn and GERD are not designed for long term use and tend to mask the problem rather than addressing it.
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