Woman Suffering from a Stomach Pain
Woman Suffering from a Stomach Pain

One in ten people get acid reflux almost every day and if that includes you i’m gonna give you some great tips, they should really help. Now let’s begin, okay so first let me explain to you what acid reflux and heartburn is but bear with me in a couple of seconds, because I’ve thought of a really creative way to explain it to you, so here’s my masterpiece, obviously it’s not to scale but you have to use your imagination a bit, so let’s say you have a glass and the glass part is your esophagus, You have a green balloon and the green balloon is your stomach, you have a black tape and the black tape is your lowest linked, now the lowest thing set is a muscular bowel which lets food in one way, so food and liquid come down into your stomach one way through this, now here’s the fun bit, the lowest thing that closes and prevents food from the stomach and stomach acid from reflux back into the esophagus but if it opens too far or doesn’t close tight enough, then this stomach acid to reflux back up so this is what leads to acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease otherwise known as Gord which is the more chronic severe version of acid reflux and it both causes that burning sensation in the chest which everyone calls heartburn, so heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux and wart and I hope that helps clear things up and one last thing, the other symptoms of acid reflux include an acid taste in your mouth, belching, bloating and possibly a drive assistant cough.

Now let’s move on to tips so remember the esophageal sphincter, well there are ways to make this stronger and prevent acid reflux, smoking, drinking alcohol and being overweight, all factors that can reduce the sphincter strength, so if any of these apply to you, then consider stopping smoking, reducing or stopping your alcohol intake entirely and getting to a healthy way as these can help strengthen the esophageal sphincter and make it close or tighter to prevent the acid reflux and it’s symptoms. Certain medication may also make your symptoms worse by either irritating the esophagus or relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter, now there are common culprits, anti-inflammatory pain killers like ibuprofen and aspirin and also other medication like diazepam, theophylline and calcium channel blockers like ‘no therapy and by the way that wasn’t a complete list because we’ll be here forever, instead if you feel like a medication is causing your symptoms or increasing your symptoms, then speak to your pharmacist, they’ll check for you and advise you appropriately, so let’s say your acid reflux symptoms are worse at night when you’re lying down in your bed and that makes sense because the acid is no longer fighting gravity to make its way up, so you’re now lying down and it can easily make its way up so the solution to this is to elevate the entire upper part of the body, so that doesn’t mean get a big pillow and put it behind your head because that’s just gonna elevate your head and make no difference, so what you want to do is raise one end of the bed by about 10 to 20 meters, so either put something with the top two legs of your bed or under the mattress or even use a wedge so the chest and the head are above the waist and the acid isn’t gonna travel up.

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