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Acid Reflux: The Natural Remedy

Acid Reflux is experienced by many people who struggle with anxiety. In fact, feeling anxious often fuels the physical symptoms of acid reflux. When one is upset, the body produces more adrenaline and stomach acid increases as well. This is irritating to the stomach and can create all the symptoms of reflux and GERD. There are definite symptoms of Acid Reflux and they are easy to identify:

-Common symptoms of acid reflux are:

• Heartburn

• Regurgitation: a sour or bitter-tasting acid backing up into your throat when you burp.

Other symptoms of acid reflux disease include:

• Gassy stomach

• Bloated Stomach

• Burping

• Dysphagia- the sensation of food being stuck in your throat

• Hiccups

• Burning in back of throat

• Hoarse, Laryngitis type symptoms

• Wheezing, Cough and Feeling of mucus in throat

Causes of Acid Reflux

• Overweight

• Eating too much at one large meal

• Tight clothing

• Anxiety and Tension

• Rushing through meals

• Spicy foods

• Chocolate

• Mints

• Citrus foods

• Tomato Sauce

• Fried Foods

• High Fat Foods

• Reclining after meals

• Going to bed too soon after after meals

• Eating too late in the evening

Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux

- Exercise Daily

- Low Fat Food Choices

- Lower Sugar content in foods

- Earlier Dinner

- Smaller meals (4-6 smaller meals), spread out over 3-4 hours

- Address and treat anxiety and stress

- Avoid eating 3 hours before bed, avoid drinking 2 hours before bed

- Lose Weight

- Antacids (Tums, Gaviscon, Baking Soda)

- Meditation

- No Tobacco

- No Alcohol

Food Plan for Acid Reflux

Good Foods

Meats, Poultry and Fish:

Lean, Grilled, Steamed, Baked or Broiled Beef, Chicken, Turkey or Fish

Fruits: Melons, Berries, Apples, Peaches, Grapes, Bananas

Vegetables: Every vegetable, other than tomatoes and onions, that is not spicy or fried.