on August 28, 2017
at 08:04 AM
Acid reflux is very common in some people. It happens when some of the acidic stomach contents go back up into the esophagus. It creates a burning pain in the lower chest area, often after eating. You may fell acid reflux irregularly or generally by some food and drink. One common cause of acid reflux disease is a stomach abnormality called a hiatal hernia. The other causes for acid reflux are obesity or overweight, smoking, overeating, Snacking close to bedtime, Drinking certain beverages, such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, or tea, Eating a heavy meal and lying on your back or bending over at the waist, high intake of citrus, tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, or spicy or fatty foods. Acid reflux canbe treated at home by changing your daily routine.
Eat small meals
say no to smoking and excess drinking
Don't wear tight clothes or tight belts.
Don't eat at least 2 to 3 hours before sleeping.
Try to loose weight if you are obese.
Avoid triggered food.
on January 28, 2017
at 05:17 PM
Acid reflux is usually caused by too little acid production in the stomach, not too much. So things like antacids are hugely problematic as they do the opposite of what's needed. The cause of reflux is that since there is too little acid in the stomach, the Lower Esophageal Sphincter that closes the stomach off from the esophagus works by sensing acid levels - when it's high, it closes, when it's low it opens allowing stomach contents to come back up, especially when you're lying down in bed.
So you can try supplementing with Betaine HCL tablets whenever you eat a meal. Start with 1-2 pills and see if that works, if it doesn't add a bit more. If you get stomach pain, you're doing too much.
There are other causes of reflux such as Eosinophilic esophagitis which is an autoimmune condition made worse by things like grains, or SIBO/SIFO which is in overgrowth of bacteria or fungi in the small intestine. In the latter case as food goes out of the stomach and into the small intestine bacteria and fungi that shouldn't be there start to eat it and produce gas, this gas pushes up into the stomach causing bloating and pushes stomach contents including acid back up.
The stomach needs to be highly acidic otherwise the small intestine can be infected by bacteria and fungi inside of food, so things like antacinds can be the actual cause of SIBO. So even in this case Betaine HCL supplementation is a good idea.