3 Quick Tips For Treating Acid Reflux
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Acid reflux, or GERD, is a very common disease which affects more than 60 million people. In simple words, it is a problem that is caused when the mechanical valve at the end of the esophagus does not function properly, and it does not prevent the acid in the stomach from backing up into the esophagus. Moreover, those who suffer from acid reflux have some symptoms that can be annoying and troublesome. If you want to know more about this topic, you can read the tips and guide below.
However, there are many ways to stop these symptoms from happening. Why should you suffer when you can do something about them? Here are three quick tips for treating acid reflux. The first one is actually the easiest. It has been proven that people who suffer from this disease deal with these problems mostly at night and not during the day.
This is because at night, when you relax, or you are lying down, gravity allows acid to travel up into the esophagus if the muscles are weak. During the day, when you are sitting, or when you are standing, gravity works to your advantage and desires this from happening. The treatment for this is very simple. You only have to slightly elevate your bed at the top. In order to do this you can put some blocks under the legs of the bed's head. You do not have to add too much height; four to six inches should be enough.
The second tip you can follow is to neutralize the acid. This can be done by using the tried and true medication, antacids. They come in tablets and liquid. Some people prefer the tablets because they are easier to carry with you, but others like the liquid form because it relieves some of the symptoms as you swallow it.
However, there are also the new treatments which have been developed after some research, and they work at the source of acid reflux by preventing the acid from getting out of your stomach.
You can follow also some herbal and natural treatment. These methods are also very effective. They neutralize the acid and create a protective layer for the stomach and the esophagus. Plus, they are preferred since there is no risk or danger of side effects. These three quick tips for treating acid reflux can make your life much easier.
By Matt Wilkins