When talking about diseases people think that the best solution to the problem is summarized by the cliché “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man’s health, wealthy and wise”. Unfortunately this is not the case. Many people underestimate the dangers of diseases if not treated appropriately causing serious consequences to stomach and not only that.

Most people have heartburn every once in a while, but patients with acid reflux disease experience it more than twice a week. Gone untreated, it can lead to more serious health problems and can become uncontrollable. As a matter of fact, it could even lead to chest pains and other serious life threatening consequences, such as a heart attack. This of course does not happen to everyone and the experts are still debating on the reason why the pain caused by acid reflux disease and its association with chest pains is so evident in some and totally absent in others.

One thing for sure is that acid reflux disease is caused by the acidity accumulated in the esophagus. No one really knows the cause of acid reflux disease. When an upper part of the stomach is above the diaphragm, the diaphragm is not able to keep the acid from rising up into the esophagus, thus contributing to acid reflux. Acid reflux disease can occur in people of any age and any gender.

The intense acidity could be very damaging if not cured on time and lead to painful bleeding ulcers which are difficult to take care of. The best thing to do is to carefully control the levels of acidity and have appropriate medication to relieve the problem.

Once you have been diagnosed with acid reflux disease, and you have been given a certain medication by your doctor, there is usually fast relief from the pain. The important thing in this phase is to stop smoking if you are a smoker and to quit drinking alcoholics together with tea or coffee for a while. Ask your doctor advice on what diet to use and the frequency you should be eating during the day. Most important of all, do not take any medication without eating first. Certain foods can aggravate your heartburn symptoms, and it’s best to limit or avoid completely those foods and drinks that result in acid reflux. There are some foods that should be avoided entirely, as they are usually responsible for a higher occurrence of heartburn.

Treatment for acid reflux disease is very personal; what works for one patient will be ineffective for another. Some patients are told to eat several small meals rather than fewer large meals and to avoid eating at least two hours before falling asleep. And of course you should also avoid foods that are known to trigger heartburn and should take an antacid whenever symptoms begin. Sleeping with the head and shoulders elevated will reduce the chances of acid reflux disease.

If you are having problems with conventional medicine, there are alternative cures for acid reflux disease such as herbal treatment and even yoga has been found to benefit the health of some people, deep breathing in the yoga way is really good… Stress may worsen symptoms. Therefore, relaxation, such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation are worth considering, as part of your whole, comprehensive treatment plan.

The most important herbal treatments are:

1. Chewable DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) is a form of licorice that can be chewed to reduce heartburn.

2. Aloe Vera Jiuce from the aloe vera plant is another natural home remedy that is used to soothe an irritated esophagus.

3. Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) contains mucilage, which is thought to coat and soothe the lining of the esophagus.

Last but not least, whenever you are taking these medications for acid flux disease don’t forget to consult your doctor first.

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