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Stomach Acid And Reflux Disease

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Natural stomach acid is in your stomach for a reason. The actual acid is not the cause of acid reflux disease. It is not like it is a nasty poison that somebody put there without approval. The acid breaks down foods and sorts them out into the right department so to speak. Proper digestion depends on the presence of sufficient stomach acid while you're eating.

When you eat, food goes from the mouth through the oesophagus and into the stomach for digestion. At the end of the oesophagus there is a band of muscles, somewhat like a valve, that opens and allows foods to go into the stomach. It then closes to prevent the food and acid from coming back up into the oesophagus. Many people experience acid reflux when foods or digestive juices escape the stomach and come back up through the oesophagus.

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To make sure your stomach has enough acid at meal times, make sure you chew your food thoroughly. Getting saliva mixed into the food as you chew will help get the digestion process off to a good start.

Snacking through the day causes the stomach to pump out acid gradually instead of saving it for mealtimes. That's when it's needed the most. It is best not to eat meals less than three hours apart. For example, if you take breakfast at six in the morning and lunch at twelve noon, then a snack at nine in the morning would be fine.

Next, make sure you don't drink too much liquid while you are eating a meal. Too much liquid dilutes the necessary acid in the stomach. The best policy is to drink a glass of water 30 minutes to one hour before or after your meal, with only a few ounces during the meal. One hour or two after you've eaten, feel free to drink as much pure natural water as you want.

Another cause of acid reflux is caused by eating large meals. This increases pressure on the stomach and the stomach's contents can then be forced out and up into the esophagus. You may need to give your body at least two hours to digest your food properly. And don't lie down immediately after eating a large meal.

To avoid overproduction of acid eat smaller portions of food at each meal. It would also help a lot to eliminate any fried food or food that contains refined sugar, or caffeine.

Obesity can also increase abdominal pressure and a risk of suffering from acid reflux. If you are overweight, reducing the amount of food you eat at each meal, plus exercising daily should put you on the right path to helping you shed a few pounds.

Acid reflux is sometimes caused when the sphincter muscle at the end of the oesophagus becomes weak or does not close correctly. Prescription drugs, certain foods, alcohol, and smoking have been known to weaken the sphincter muscles.

Try not to use antacids since they cut down the acids you will need when you eat. Without enough acid, your stomach has difficulty doing its job of breaking down the food into the various nutrient components.

Inadequate digestion of proteins can cause the liver to increase production of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol which is the bad cholesterol that does the most damage to your body.

Instead of taking antacids, try the following natural approach. If you still have sour stomach in between meals, try eating something that will settle it without triggering more acid production, such as sauerkraut. Your stomach should relax after eating sauerkraut in five to ten minutes.

The benefits of natural solutions are that they normally cost a lot less. But even more important is the fact that natural solutions are a healthier alternative. They tend to reduce the possibility of becoming dependant on addictive chemical drugs.

There are also three herbs that are well known to soothe stomach muscles. These are chamomile, gentian, and ginger. If your problem does not respond successfully to natural remedies within a few days, please see your doctor or a qualified health-care provider.

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