Today, 11/26/2018, on the Dr. Oz Show, he discusses your constant heartburn and things that may be causing it. He also covers ways to help diminish it. Most Americans have experienced that burning chest pain and lump-in-the-throat feeling that is a part of acid reflux, but for 25 million adults, these side effects occur on an everyday basis. If you can’t seem to eat a meal or drink coffee without experiencing heartburn, continue to read what Oz says.
Acid reflux, or heartburn, can happen when there is a large amount of pressure in the stomach (such as after a big meal) or if the valve at the lower esophageal sphincter becomes inappropriately weak after consuming certain substances (caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, etc.) Frequently, both mechanisms of action are the cause. When reflux occurs, the lining of the esophagus is not designed to handle this displacement of acid and it can become irritated and that irritation causes heartburn.
- Divide your food in half and in-between the 1st and 2nd portions drink an alkaline shake.
- Sleep with a wedge and on your left side.
- Coffee is one of the most common sources of heartburn. Add coconut water to your coffee by using the alkaline solution to dilute the caffeine.
- Do not eat 3 hrs. before you go to bed.
- Lose any extra pounds.
- For every sip of wine, or alcohol–drink an alkaline drink (coconut water) in-between your sips of the above or add the water to your alcohol drinks.
- Avoid fatty and sweet foods.
The following are the complications that can occur with GERD:
- Erosive esophagitis
- Esophageal ulcers
- Esophageal strictures
- Aspiration pneumonia and asthma
- Poor quality of life
- Barrett’s esophagus (and this can lead to esophageal cancer in a small percentage of cases)
In light of the potential negative impact of the above complications on your life, you must take this condition seriously. You do not want to think that you are a heartburn sufferer that is actually a GERD hostage and then turn into an esophageal cancer victim.
Diet and Lifestyle Change: The First Line of Defense
The good news is, most people who have heartburn can manage symptoms on their own. Lifestyle and dietary changes can be the first line of defense.
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