Acid reflux is when acid from the stomach flows up into the esophagus. It is a very common and potentially dangerous problem and the medical industry is making a fortune from it because it’s “treatment” is normally through pills. Cured seems to be a rarely used word in modern medicine.
Doctors don’t cure you, they simply prescribe you a drug that will relieve the symptoms and that you take for the rest of your life. One common reflux medication is Prilosec. Here are some of the side effects of taking this drug long term http://www.drugs.com/sfx/prilosec-side-effects.html But let’s not pick on just one of them; here is another article about popular brands of heartburn medicine linked to Dementia and Kidney disease. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/heartburn-drugs-ppi-prilosec-nexium-prevacid-risk-of-dementia/
Having suffered from acid reflux myself, I know how hard it can be to deal with, as well as the desire to take something to quickly ease the symptoms. My mother in law also suffered from it for years, resulting in a constant cough that made life very difficult. We are now both cured and it isn’t from taking a pill. There are two common things that will cause acid reflux and they are diet and stress. Although diet is the most likely culprit, let’s cover stress first.
Stress causes many ailments in the body. In modern times we have to deal with traffic, deadlines, debt, and numerous other issues. This builds up a fight or flight response, in our bodies, but we don’t do either. Instead, we sit at a desk and then in a car and then on our couch. All the extra energy has no outlet and it causes a myriad of issues on our health. One way to deal with this is exercise. This doesn’t mean 4 hours at the gym 7 days a week. This means getting off the couch and going for a walk, doing some yoga, playing with your kids; anything to get your body doing what it is meant to do… MOVE! If you’ve had a terrible day at work, were stuck in traffic and then had a fight with your partner, the last thing you should do is plop down on the couch and have a drink. You need to get rid of all that anger and anxiety that’s built up in you in a productive way. But what if you’re already on an exercise routine? Well, there is something else that deals very well with stress and that’s meditation. Again, don’t complicate it. Don’t join a cult, shave your head and run off to live in the mountains. Just take 5-10 minutes a day for yourself. Go to a place that is quiet, get comfortable and just breath. When an outside thought comes into your head acknowledge it, let it go and then focus on your breathing again. You will be amazed at how effective this is and how good you’ll feel. Make it a daily exercise and you will see a change in your life.
The other common culprit is diet. Most people know the foods that give them problems, but they don’t want to give them up. They would rather “enjoy their life” and take a pill to deal with the nasty side effects. But, eventually the pills aren’t going to work and the damage will be severe. Now, I’m not saying you can’t eat any of your favorite foods or drinks again, but you may need to make some changes.
Don’t drink too much water/liquid before or during a meal. If you drink too much liquid you are diluting the acids in your stomach and the food can’t be properly digested, resulting in…. you guessed it. Instead drink 1 hour before or after and sip on your drink during a meal.
Find out the foods that bother you the most and avoid them for 1 week. This will give your body time to renew. Then slowly introduce them back into your diet. You may find that after a week of giving them up, you don’t crave them as much as you used to. If this doesn’t work, you may have to take a look at your diet and make some permanent changes. Maybe you can have 2 cups of coffee instead of a pot. You’ll survive and your body will thank you.
Look for substitutes. For example, if onions bother you, try substituting them with leeks. They have a similar taste and are just as versatile, but are easier on the system.
Try drinking lemon water. Although this sounds counter-intuitive, lemon has been known to help with digestion and aids in weight loss. I recommend starting with half a lemon with 6-8 ounces of water, once in the morning and once in the evening.
Try not to eat right before bed, or have alcohol. Give yourself at least one hour so that your body can process the food, before you lay down.
I think that’s good for now. I hope you found this interesting. Leave a comment and let me know your experience.