How to Avoid Acid Reflux
Ever had heartburn — that slow, painful, and burning feeling on your chest after a meal? Have you had indigestion? These could all be signs that you are suffering from Acid Reflux.
Acid Reflux is when some of the contents from your stomach, including enzymes and acid that help break down the food, go up to your esophagus as a result of the relaxing of the lower part of the esophagus. A regular occurrence of such can be considered as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.
While Acid Reflux is not fatal, it may indicate a sign of gastric distress or an underlying condition or problem in the digestive tract that may lead to more serious problems. Acid Reflux can also be extremely discomforting and annoying and may disrupt ones daily activities.
Here are a few reasons why you are suffering from Acid Reflux:
- Poor Diet – not watching what you eat on a daily basis can be a cause for acid reflux, especially with more and more fast food chains and junk food available to the public. Too much fried food, fat, and sugar can slow down digestion, increasing stress on the digestive tract which in turn delays the stomach from emptying, leading to acid reflux.
- Food Mishandling – and also improper food preparation could introduce bacteria to the digestive tract, which can also lead to Acid Reflux, and food poisoning.
- Too much acid – we can be terribly unaware of what we put in our body when it comes to food. While we may be loading up on oranges, pineapples, and lemons, we fail to recognize that these contain some amount of acid and can exacerbate acid reflux. The same can also be said about carbonated and caffeinated drinks, and alcohol.
So what can we do to help prevent the occurrence of Acid Reflux? Here are a few steps:
- Diversify your food choices – we all have favorites, but bingeing and poor choice in food can lead to gastric distress and acid reflux.
- Eat slowly – our parents always said, savor your food, take smaller bites, and chew your food well. Who knew this was a great tip for curbing acid reflux? By taking your time in a meal, you allow your digestive system to work the food gradually and let it run its course.
- Quit Smoking – smoking slows digestion and limits down the production of saliva which is the body’s way of balancing the acidity in your stomach.
- Sit upright and watch your posture – by sitting up straight, you allow your body to freely accept and move the food that you eat along the digestive tract unimpeded. Slouching during a meal, or lying down after eating can be very bad as you impede the food from passing through easily.
- More oatmeal – oatmeal has been a well-recommended choice for a snack or a meal as it helps you feel full without eating too much, and helps absorb some of the acid in the stomach.
- Only take sips during meals – drinking too much during a meal expands the volume of the food in your stomach which in turn makes the stomach produce more acid and adds stress to digestion.