Woman Having Painful Cramps
Woman Having Painful Cramps

Going to bed with an empty and dry stomach can also really help, so in the last three hours I’m going to bed, make sure you don’t eat anything and in the last two hours of going to bed, make sure you don’t drink anything with foods and drinks, the best advice is to eat smaller more frequent meals. Peppermint, tomato, chocolate and caffeine are all suspected to making acid reflux worse too, also if you like to wear tight clothes around the waist or a belt, it’s gonna push up that acid and cause the acid reflux symptoms and nobody wants that, so instead try wear something loose. For treatment of acid reflux, I always recommend patients to speak to their pharmacist first, they can then ask you specific questions to determine whether they can give you treatment over-the-counter or to refer you on to your GP and in terms of treatments, there are loads of options that pharmacist can recommend from antacids, alginates and acid suppression tablets but this will be determined on an individual patient basis, lastly acid reflux isn’t usually serious unless you have red flags and that means you need to see a GP urgently for treatment and investigation, now there’s quite a lot of red flags, they include;

Heartburn that occurs at least twice a week is the biggest red flag. Heartburn symptoms include a burning sensation in the chest and vomit in the back of the throat (acid regurgitation).
Other symptoms to watch for include:

Heartburn that worsens or wakes you from sleep.

Painful or difficult swallowing.

Sensation of food stuck in your esophagus.

Constant sore throat, sour taste in your mouth or bad breath.

Unintentional weight loss.

Blood in stool.

Vomiting.

Wheezing, dry cough, hoarseness, or chronic sore throat.

Dysphagia — the sensation of food being stuck in your throat

Hiccups that don’t let up

Nausea

Heartburn Home Remedies

People with heartburn commonly reach for antacids, over-the-counter medications that neutralize stomach acid. But eating certain foods may also offer relief from symptoms. Consider trying the following:

Milk

Does milk help with heartburn? “Milk is often thought to relieve heartburn,” says Gupta. “But you have to keep in mind that milk comes in different varieties — whole milk with the full amount of fat, 2% fat, and skim or nonfat milk. The fat in milk can aggravate acid reflux. But nonfat milk can act as a temporary buffer between the stomach lining and acidic stomach contents and provide immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.” Low-fat yogurt has the same soothing qualities along with a healthy dose of probiotics (good bacteria that enhance digestion).

Ginger

Ginger is one of the best digestive aids because of its medicinal properties. It’s alkaline in nature and anti-inflammatory, which eases irritation in the digestive tract. Try sipping ginger tea when you feel heartburn coming on.

Apple cider vinegar

While there isn’t enough research to prove that drinking apple cider vinegar works for acid reflux, many people swear that it helps. However, you should never drink it at full concentration because it’s a strong acid that can irritate the esophagus. Instead, put a small amount in warm water and drink it with meals.

Lemon water

Lemon juice is generally considered very acidic, but a small amount of lemon juice mixed with warm water and honey has an alkalizing effect that neutralizes stomach acid. Also, honey has natural antioxidants, which protect the health of cells.

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