Acid Reflux is common in modern societies, and is sometimes severe enough to cause folks to seek medical intervention or medication.
Digestive disturbances are a common complaint of our readers, which also include IBS, constipation, heartburn, and GERD (gastro-espohagal reflux disease).
Before assuming it's diet related, rule out conditions such as a hiatial hernia, which can cause stomach acids to escape the stomach and travel "backwards" up the pipes.
Pregnancy can be a cause.
Stress makes digestion more difficult which can also cause heartburn and acid reflux. In fact, a number of natural health regimes advise to avoid eating during times of emotional stress.
Believe it or not, one of the most common causes is a condition called Hypochlorhydria, which is the scientific term for chronic low stomach acid. Sounds wierd, but it's true. From my experiences during the past few years, many candida sufferers seem to have lower than normal levels of stomach acid.
In this case, taking digestive enzymes, such as Betaine HCl can be immensely beneficial.
Make sure you are working with a qualified health care practitioner before you begin taking any digestive enzymes for acid reflux, especially if you have or have had peptic ulcers in the past.
Yeast overgrowth can cause digestive disorders, so chances are you'll benefit from following the dietary advice presented within this website.
A few tips:
Remember don't overeat. This causes havoc in the stomach, and frequently results in higher levels of acid production, while the pressure of an overly full stomach can allow acids to escape upwards into the espohagus. Eat smaller meals throughout the day to help avoid overeating.
Don't lie down right after eating, wait a while to allow the digestive process some time to work. Stomach acids must be present for digestion to occur. So if you lie down immediately after you eat you run the risk of those strong acids flowing up through the esophagus.
If you do need to lie down on a fun stomach lie on your left side to help food and digestive juices remain in the stomach, giving them less chance to travel back up into the esophagus.
If you're craving a carb-heavy meal, complex carbohydrates (especially green vegetables and starchy vegetables like winter squash and pumpkin) served with some healthy fat (ghee or butter, olive oil, virgin coconut oil, avocado - to name a few) are going to serve you better better than simple carbohydrates (things like white pasta or bread), and also will help with the elimination process by providing some fiber to help move everything through the intestines.
IBS with Constipation?
Many resort to taking an IBS drug. Here are some things you can do, in addition, to actually heal the imbalance.
Check out the dietary recommendations here, they can be helpful in reversing acid reflux symptoms as well.