Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux: Indigestion, GERD, Heartburn, Stomach Ulcers

Acid Reflux is the result of too much stomach acid, and it goes back up into the esophagus. It is commonly referred to as heartburn. There are various symptoms that can be an indicator of Acid Reflux.

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Some Common Symptoms

  • Pain or discomfort similar to a burning feeling in the chest, throat, or stomach
  • Sour taste in the throat or mouth
  • Bloating
  • Blood in the stools
  • Feeling like food is logged in your throat
  • Sore throat that doesn’t go away
  • Dry cough that lingers

Acid Reflux: indigestion_CircaSassyIf you experience it more than twice a week, then you need to take action. Don’t ignore symptoms of acid reflux. If you do, the problem is only going to get worse. The frequency as well as the severity of it will continue.

The acid can also do a great deal of damage to the esophagus. This can increase your risk of developing ulcers and cancer of the esophagus.

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The condition of acid reflux, if left unchecked can sometime deteriorate into gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) –which is a more severe form of the reflux.

The symptoms of Acid Reflux can also be the result of a hiatal hernia. That can turn into a serious medical condition and so you always want to pay attention to the signs your body is giving that something isn’t right.

Take Care of Yourself
To help reduce the risk, take a good look at your diet. Don’t consume food up to 4 hours before you go to bed at night. Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or that are spicy. Limit your portions of food too. Sleep with a good pillow so that your head is higher than the rest of your body. If you are overweight, work hard to shed some pounds. Even dropping 10 pounds can make a huge difference.

There are over the counter medicines you can consider. If they don’t work for you along with diet changes, consult with your doctor. You may be able to find relief with prescription medicine. Keep in mind that such medicine doesn’t cure the problem though, only helps to reduce acid and to reduce symptoms.

Doing all you can to improve overall lifestyle habits is important. If you already take any prescription medicines, talk to your doctor. They may be the culprit responsible for triggering Acid Reflux, as a side effect.

General Recommendations
Number 1:  Don’t ignore what your body is telling you.  Don’t hesitate to seek a doctor’s advice.

The best advice for preventing and/or nursing yourself back to health is to clean up your diet.  Stay away from fried foods, fatty, oily, spicy –none are doing you any good.  Lose weight and quit eating at night –or, at least allow a substantial interval before you lay down to sleep.

If you’re drinking, that isn’t helping matters either.  Best thing to take away from here is –if you continue to ignore the situation, it could get much worse.  If it does, you will be forced to clean up your act anyway.  Why not do it before the real damage sets in?

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2 Responses to “Acid Reflux”

  1. Bob Miller says:

    Hi there –

    This is interesting. I thought sure I was having a heart attack. Doc said my esophagus was in spasms and to lay off the coffee.

    I’ve had burning gut for a few months now. Time to give it a rest.


    Bob M

    • Stewart says:

      Hey Bob –
      Thanks for the note. I’m glad you’re on the right track now.
      Thanks for spending some time here and for sharing.

      Dave S.

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