Acid reflux is a fairly common condition in today’s society. Acid in the stomach rises up into the esophagus through a valve which separates the stomach from the esophagus. Symptoms include nausea, heartburn, burping, difficulty swallowing, sore throat, and many others.
The most common risk factor of Acid Reflux is low stomach acid production. There are a number of factors that can lead to low HCl – hydrochloric acid. Digestion is a parasympathetic function, so stress will naturally reduce digestive enzyme output. Lack of the important precursors that the body needs to reduce HCl is another factor. It’s important to get enough B vitamins and minerals, particularly zinc, to make sufficient HCl. Eating a diet high in sugar can negatively impact production of these and other important enzymes. Sugar reduces overall immune function up to 50% generally affecting all aspects of digestion and overall immune response, i.e.: healing time and capacity. Some things you can do to reduce symptoms: * Eat smaller meals more frequently, as large meals have an adverse impact because the stomach cannot produce enough digestive enzymes. * Quit smoking – the inhalants from tobacco or other inhaled agents causes stress to the walls of the esophageal lining. * Wait 2-3 hours after eating before going to bed, as lying down after a meal will encourage food to reflux up into the esophagus. * Raise your head 4-6 inches off the pillow. This positional shift supports digestive gravity flow. * Exercise! This action improves and enhances flow of digestion and overall health * Ask your doctor about possible side effects of the medications you are taking, in the event that they are enhancing symptoms * Avoid tight clothing and constricting belts * Consult your Naturopathic Physician for a natural, non-toxic solution and restorative protocol. For more information call: 808-373-9966, Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff at the Center for Natural Healing,
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