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Prevention of Acid-Reflux

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  • People who are overweight should try to reduce food intake. Obesity increases abdominal pressure, which can push stomach contents up into the esophagus. In some cases, acid-reflux symptoms disappear completely after an overweight person loses 10+ pounds.
  • Quitting smoking is essential. Chemicals in cigarette smoke are known to weaken the low esophagael sphincter.
  • Reduce stress.
  • People with acid-reflux should avoid tight clothing, particularly around the abdomen. They squeeze the stomach, and may force food to reflux.
  • Avoid all carbonated drinks.
  • Avoid or reduce consumption of foods and beverages that contain caffeine, chocolate, peppermint, spearmint, and alcohol. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee increase acid secretion.
  • Acid-reflux patients should avoid pain reliever like aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen.
    Acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) is a good alternative.
  • Avoid bigger meals and much drinking late on the evening.
  • Avoid lying down for 3 hours after a meal.
  • Raise the head of your bed. Gravity helps reduce the pressure of reflux.

 

Studies indicate that approximately 1 in every 10 adults in the United States or an alarming 10% suffer every day from this condition and the numbers are expected to rise in the near future. Acid reflux, medically termed as "reflux esophagitis" or "gastroesophageal reflux disease" (GERD), is a condition whereby the contents of the stomach are regurgitated or are returned back into the esophagus.

Some easy things to try include losing weight if obesity is an issue, avoiding or at least decreasing alcohol consumption, eliminating or decreasing smoking, and avoid foods which may trigger acid reflux symptoms. But it is certainly worth making the lifestyle changes necessary to avoid the pain of acid reflux disease symptoms. Foods that should be eaten rarely to avoid acid reflux are fruit juices, berries, garlic, onions, leeks, sauerkraut, scallions, ground beef, chicken salad, eggs, hot dogs, ham, milk, cheese, granola, alcohol, cola and fattening or fried foods.

Proper nutrition and diet can improve and even help to prevent many diseases, including esophageal and liver cancers. But this will not cure your illness, it will only prevent the acid from the stomach pass the valve that separates it from the esophagus and get inside the esophagus which does not have any protection against the acid, therefore damaging it. Your doctor will prescribe you medication that will lower the quantity of acid you have inside your stomach, medication that will prevent your stomach from filling up so things inside it don't come out, and anti-acids, generally used in stomachal diseases.

Avoid jarring type exercises and do less jarring exercises like bike riding, swimming or walking.

If you follow the advises mentioned above you can prevent acid reflux, and your treatment will be more effective, but also consult your doctor and take the medication that he prescribes you if you want to be fully cured. In addition, aspirin and ibuprofen can cause ulcers, so taking those drugs as sparingly as possible may help prevent them. The idea is to tighten the lower esophagus in order to prevent gastreosophageal reflux thereby repairing the main physical irregularity that is often the cause of the symptoms in people suffering from GERD.