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Curing Acid Reflux Symptoms Can Be Easy – Adopt A Different Diet!

One of the first things you can do to help relieve the symptoms of acid reflux is to change your diet. That way, you can avoid any foods which cause you problems.

One piece of great advice for settling upon an acid reflux diet is to eat low-fat and high-protein meals. You might also find that changing the combinations of foods that you eat can improve the symptoms you experience.

(By the way, this is not the same as Food Combining – an approach to diet that suggests if you combine foods in certain ways, you’ll experience much better health. The rationale for this is that they require different digestive environments. The simplest principle of food combining is not to mix carbohydrate-rich food and protein-rich food within the same meal. However, scientific studies of food combining suggest that there’s no benefit to the regime, and simply eating a balanced diet is just as effective in keeping you healthy.)

What you’re trying to do here is to simply eliminate the foods from your acid reflux diet that cause your symptoms to get worse. One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep a food diary, in which you record everything you eat, and any reactions you have to it. That way, you can simply eliminate anything that causes your heartburn, discomfort, and reflux to get worse.

You may want to eat smaller meals more often and to stop eating before you feel “full”. Another key piece of your acid reflux diet is not to eat within three hours of bedtime, because reflux is more likely when you’re lying down.

The classic foods and drinks to be avoided in a diet for heartburn are generally said to be:

  • Coffee and tea, both decaffeinated and ordinary
  • Anything else that contains caffeine
  • Any carbonated beverage or soda
  • Anything containing alcohol

And some foods that seem to trigger heartburn are:

  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Other products high in acidity like tomatoes
  • Vinegar and other spices including chili and pepper
  • High-fat foods such as meat and fat dairy products
  • Mint or peppermint
  • Garlic and onions
  • Chocolate

And of course, there will be others that have a particular effect on you – that’s why the food diary is such a good idea; in fact, it’s the only real way to establish what’s causing you to experience discomfort.

Video Explanation of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Both Lifestyle Factors And An Acid Reflux Diet Can Control Symptoms Of Heartburn

While we’re discussing this, let’s look at some lifestyle factors that other people have said were very helpful in eliminating symptoms of acid reflux. Other approaches to reflux are discussed here: acid reflux remedies.

High on the list is not smoking, because smoking is definitely known to increase the risk of reflux; it also increases the amount of acid secreted in your stomach and stops the lower esophageal sphincter from working correctly.

You should raise the head of your bed between 4 and 6 inches so as to encourage the stomach contents to stay where they are and not flow upwards into the esophagus during the night.

Don’t use extra pillows, however, because unless you’re lying flat, you’re likely to increase the pressure on your abdomen (that increases reflux). You can lie flat in bed with the head of the bed raised.

Take naps in the daytime sitting in a chair, perhaps reclining slightly.

Remove pressure from around your abdomen by wearing loose clothes and belts.

If you’re overweight, definitely make an effort to lose weight by taking exercise and changing your diet, because the extra pressure on the abdomen definitely causes an increased amount of reflux.

Needless to say, getting fit and staying fit is a vital part of any health regime, and lowering stress can definitely have an impact on acid reflux, at least some of which is stress-induced.

Your Diet Doesn’t Have to Be A Bore To Cure Acid Reflux!  

Scientific Evidence That An Acid Reflux Diet Can Eliminate Heartburn Symptoms

Fortunately, there is some scientific research in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, volume 95 number 10, where Alexander Meining and Meinhard Classen reviewed the role of an acid reflux diet and changes to lifestyle in the treatment of heartburn and GERD.

They started by making the observation that gastroesophageal reflux and the complications that come with it are rife in our society. Their aim was to check out the basis of the recommendations which are commonly made to GERD patients.

When they reviewed the data, they found that there was conflicting evidence about how much some of the factors we often blame for causing GERD actually have a role to play in the disease. Since approximately 20% of the population seems to experience regular heartburn and acid regurgitation it’s well worth looking into this. That’s particularly true because around 60% of people diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus have symptoms of GERD before the cancer diagnosis was made.

The authors make the observation that until 1970 many experts thought that reflux was due to low muscle tone in the lower esophageal sphincter. While it’s true that some people do indeed have low muscle tone in this area, the truth is that the majority of men and women with acid reflux symptoms actually have normal or perhaps even increased muscular tone in the LES. What’s clear is that individuals with GERD have more frequent relaxation of the sphincter, relaxations which are responsible for belching.

Since this is a normal reflex reaction, the question becomes why people with GERD have more belching responses than others. Furthermore, when they do belch, they have more associated reflux of acid than people without symptoms of GERD.

To some extent, these questions remain unanswered, although the role of the hiatal hernia treatment is becoming increasingly clear. John Hopkins University has more to say on the matter.

As far as the acid reflux diet is concerned, the usual recommendation people are given is to avoid fatty meals. It’s a recommendation based on the observation that fatty foods seem to promote heartburn. And it’s certainly true that fat reduces the pressure exerted by the lower esophageal sphincter.

But the evidence is contentious: in one study, high-fat meals seemed to stimulate reflux only in healthy people, whereas in individuals with symptoms of GERD, high-fat meals did not seem to make much difference to the amount of reflux after eating. It’s also true that we’ve tended to regard sweet treats and candy bars as a cause of reflux because they have high osmolality and high-fat content.

Chocolate too has been blamed for decreasing the lower esophageal sphincter pressure.

Regrettably, there hasn’t been sufficient research conducted in controlled studies to definitively state the role of these foods in stimulating reflux. Nonetheless, if you find that they stimulate symptoms of acid reflux, you may wish to regard them as acid reflux foods to avoid!

One thing that we do know for certain is that carbonated drinks have a significant impact on reflux mechanisms, because of the increased pressure in the stomach.

As far as caffeine in drinks is concerned, one study has definitely shown that a reduction in caffeine intake will ease the symptoms of reflux.

There is similar evidence for the influence of juice and citrus products on acid reflux symptoms. A significant correlation has been demonstrated between the acidity of a reflux diet and reflux symptoms.

What about large meals? It’s a common belief that eating a large meal can stimulate postprandial reflux. It seems logical that this would be so, because gastric distention triggers temporary and brief relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, which is definitely a precursor of reflux. Unfortunately, once again, the research simply hasn’t been done to demonstrate conclusively whether or not this is true in an acid reflux dietary regime.

We are forced, therefore, to fall back on the anecdotal experience of acid reflux diets produced by heartburn sufferers: in this respect, your own experience with eating and drinking certain types of foods and liquids becomes invaluable, because you rapidly become aware of which types of food are promoting symptoms of reflux.

There’s a significant association between body mass index and cancer of the esophagus. Since we know that cancer of the esophagus is stimulated by chronic acid reflux, it seems very reasonable to hypothesize a connection between obesity and reflux. If you are obese or even mildly overweight, it’s highly desirable that you try to lose weight.

Does Alcohol Have A Place In An Acid Reflux Diet?

Many men and women with heartburn experience it after drinking alcohol. And there is very clear evidence that the removal of acid from the esophagus, which is a normal reflex reaction in response to acid reflux, is definitely impaired after consumption of even a moderate amount of alcohol. Strangely enough, it seems that white wine is one of the worst products here, having more effect on reflux than red wine or beer.

The evidence is actually quite clear around smoking, too, because its deleterious effect on the lower esophageal sphincter is actually well known. It also reduces saliva bicarbonate secretion, which means that the saliva has less potential for neutralizing stomach acid.

There’s a lot of evidence that physical activity in general, and running in particular, can influence acid reflux (for the better!).

And of course, we’ve already mentioned your sleeping position: many experts recommend you to raise the head of the bed. You may find this helps, you may not, but it’s certainly worth trying. Strangely enough, it turns out some people who try this acid reflux remedy will actually experience more reflux: fortunately, this outcome is rare.

You should also lie on your left side as you sleep because it’s clear that that this is linked to a reduction in acid reflux compared with lying on your right-hand side. This is because the junction between the esophagus and stomach is exposed to stomach contents when you lie on your right side, but not on your left.

Acid Reflux Causes

The Causes Of Heartburn Are Many & Varied

Just to remind you of the terminology that we’ve been employing on this site, acid reflux is actually the movement of stomach contents up into the esophagus, while heartburn is the sensation that results from this — a very noticeable and often painful burning sensation.

So what causes acid reflux? Well, where the esophagus enters the stomach, there’s a sphincter, a ring of muscle, which is designed to act as a valve to prevent the stomach contents moving back into the esophagus instead of passing forward into the small intestine.

This is needed because the esophagus is not lined with cells which are able to protect themselves from the effect of the gastric juices in the stomach. The valve is called the lower esophageal sphincter or LES; it’s located at the point where the esophagus goes through the diaphragm into the stomach. The diagram makes this clearer.

Obviously, if anything goes wrong with this sphincter, the stomach contents can move up into the esophagus, causing acid reflux and the burning sensation we know as heartburn.

There are several reasons why the LES may not work properly.

The first is that the muscles have lost the ability to contract correctly. Or they may simply be unable to keep the valve shut if the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus enters the stomach has expanded in some way. For example, the tissue may get weaker as you get older.

Another reason why the LES may fail to keep the stomach contents where they should be is that the pressure in the stomach, for some reason, is much higher than the valve can withstand. This can be one of the causes of acid reflux happening spontaneously.

Before we look at the more scientific aspects of this condition, we can summarize the immediate causes of acid reflux – the kind of things you do in everyday life which may stimulate it.

(And before we do that, here’s a video from the Mayo Clinic! Very nice!)

However, this does not mean that all of the factors listed below are likely to produce reflux – that’s particularly true in the case of asthma, where scientists are still arguing whether asthma causes acid reflux, or acid reflux causes asthma, or if indeed there is any causative relationship between them at all.

1) Eating Large Meals

Eating large meals may not be a primary cause of reflux, but it can certainly make the symptoms worse in those who are experiencing it.

Certainly if you have acid reflux symptoms it’s well worth eating fewer and smaller meals, and also keeping a food diary for an acid reflux diet in which you record everything you eat so that you can establish which foods might be making your symptoms worse.

If you keep a food diary and you notice that eating a certain food produces more reflux, it’s easy to cut that food out of your diet. You may then find that your symptoms improve.

2) Bending Over and Other “Provocative Postures”

As you may have noticed, gravity is an important factor in keeping the contents of the stomach where they should be. When you bend forward or lie down, it’s much easier for the stomach contents to rise into the esophagus, with the resulting acid reflux causing heartburn. Unfortunately, you may also find the same is true of lifting heavy objects, and it’s not always possible to avoid this.

Even so, taking responsibility for your condition and learning which factors are likely to intensify the reflux and cause heartburn pain can be helpful in changing your lifestyle so that you can minimize things which promote reflux.

3) Hiatus Hernia (Also Known As Hiatal Hernia)

This is a very important acid reflux cause. For now, suffice it to say that hiatus hernia is a condition in which the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes is so large that part of the stomach is able to move upwards into the chest cavity alongside the esophagus.

The majority of Hiatal hernias are the sliding type, which means that the stomach is free to move backward and forwards through the opening. These tend to be much less serious than the para esophageal hernia when part of the stomach is permanently fixed in the chest cavity.

Hiatal hernias are linked to belching, discomfort, burping, acid regurgitation, nausea, and even vomiting.

You can reduce the chance of your hiatal hernia causing acid reflux by avoiding those activities which tend to make it problematic: lifting heavy weights, coughing, straining on the toilet, excessive physical exertion, and bending forward. We also know that pregnancy and obesity can promote Hiatal hernias and acid reflux, although you may find it less easy to avoid the impact of these two conditions than some of the others.

Watch a video about Hiatal hernias

4) Peptic Ulcers

Stomach problems in themselves can accentuate the likelihood of acid reflux. We know that an imbalance or shortage of digestive enzymes is linked, somehow, to the occurrence of reflux.

Although you may not be able to do anything about that, it’s certainly well worth experimenting with lifestyle factors such as what you eat and the quantity you eat in one sitting. A food diary can be invaluable here in establishing links between how you eat, what you eat, and reflux.

5) Asthma

The causative relationship, if indeed there is one, between asthma and acid reflux is unclear. One possibility is that an asthma attack can promote acid reflux due to changes in the chest; another possibility is that the inhalers used to alleviate symptoms of asthma are actually responsible for relaxing the esophageal sphincter.

Whatever the connection, a lot of asthma sufferers say that acid reflux causes asthma attacks. If true, this is most likely because the acidic contents of the esophagus stimulate the nerves that cause bronchial constriction.

6) Smoking

Smokers are particularly at risk for several reasons. Firstly, their saliva contains low levels of bicarbonates, which neutralize the acidity of stomach contents. In addition, they produce less saliva than non-smokers. In short, smoking is a major acid reflux cause.

We also know that the lower esophageal sphincter is weakened by smoking, that digestion is slowed down, making the stomach contents more likely to reflux, and that smoking makes the stomach acid more acidic by encouraging movement of bile salts from the intestine back into the stomach.

7) Drinking Alcohol

Anecdotally, many patients have observed that when they stop drinking alcohol, acid reflux tends to improve. You can probably check out for yourself whether drinking is a likely acid reflux cause.

8) Foods which tend to be associated with causing acid reflux

Food linked to acid reflux and heartburn symptoms includes alcohol, pepper, coffee, spices, caffeine-containing products, citrus fruit and juices, acidic foods like vinegar, garlic, chili, and other products.

High-fat foods are often blamed, and some people have reported that certain foods associated with the production of gas can cause an increased level of reflux. Your food diary, should you keep one, may, therefore, reveal a link between vegetables like cabbage, beans and Brussels sprouts and acid reflux. Certainly, we know that carbonated drinks promote acid reflux and should, therefore, be avoided.

Scientific Work

This study was an investigation of the factors that might produce acid reflux. A control group of volunteers was compared with a number of individuals who were experiencing gastroesophageal reflux disease, using 24-hour pH and motility recording on both sides of the diaphragm. The patients classified as having GERD had been experiencing symptoms for more than six months and showed an abnormal pH profile on the 24-hour ambulatory study.

In control subjects, almost every episode of reflux was caused by belching. This is a normal response to the presence of excess gas in the stomach, and the esophagus quickly clears the acidic material by contracting so that the stomach contents are propelled back into the stomach.

In individuals who have GERD, it seems that belching is still an important cause of reflux, but becomes increasingly less so as the severity of the symptoms of esophagitis increase. In these individuals, it seems that spontaneous reflux is much more important.

Also, in individuals with GERD, reflux episodes are preceded by spontaneous contractions of the LES in up to 10% of episodes. It seems that transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation is actually one of the most important causes of acid reflux in patients with GERD. Even when the sphincter is exerting very low pressure anyway, it still appears to relax before many episodes of reflux. There is a tendency to decreased sphincter pressure in patients with acid reflux, and this association between the low pressure exerted by the sphincter is directly related to the severity of the esophagitis.

Of course, belching is a normal physiological activity designed to expel ingested gas from the stomach. It’s highly likely, therefore, that reductions in sphincter pressure are not physiologically abnormal, but represent a natural mechanism that allows the body to expel excess gas from the stomach. Transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation may simply be more important in the case of acid reflux patients because it’s linked to other precipitating factors such as a hiatus hernia, a weaker than normal sphincter, or excessive swallowing.

The significance of the hiatus hernia is that if it is large, it may contain a large quantity of gas in the herniated part of the stomach, which may stimulate more belching episodes.

This document, about acid reflux treatment, emphasizes that 24-hour study of pH in the esophagus is actually the most helpful and direct way to establish how often acid reflux is occurring, although this may not always allow for diagnosis of GERD, for which an endoscopy may be necessary. Indeed, the difference between acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease is simply one of degree: when the symptoms become troublesome to the patient, or damage to the esophagus has been diagnosed. Similarly, the use of esophageal manometry is able to establish if the lower esophageal sphincter is actually functioning correctly in its role as a valve between the esophagus and stomach.

A study reported here demonstrated that obesity is a risk factor for the causation of acid reflux. Other factors which play a part include the presence of a hiatal hernia.

The hiatus is the hole in the diaphragm which allows the esophagus to pass through as it enters the stomach. In general, there should be a close connection between the esophagus and the diaphragm, but the hiatus may weaken and then expand so that the stomach protrudes through it into the chest cavity. This occurs in more than half of people over 60 years of age, but it’s not really serious unless the hernia is of the paraesophageal type where part of the stomach is permanently trapped in the chest cavity.

It appears that a hiatal hernia may cause the lower esophageal sphincter muscle to function incorrectly. Whether or not the hernia is in itself a cause of GERD is open to question, but it’s certainly associated with it, and as the above study shows, it can precipitate belching episodes, which in themselves are associated with causing acid reflux.

This tendency may be made worse if there are motility problems in the esophagus. When peristalsis fails to propel the refluxed stomach contents out of the esophagus, the opportunity for the stomach acid to damage the wall of the esophagus is increased. However, once again the relationship between cause and effect is unclear since it is not apparent whether motility problems in the smooth muscle of the esophagus are either cause or the result of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease.

This document – management of gastroesophageal reflux disease – describes diagnostic criteria and conditions for the management of GERD. Symptoms for diagnosis include noncardiac chest pain, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), motility problems in the esophagus, heartburn, and regurgitation.

Other symptoms are not so reliable as indicators. The authors state that the relationship between GERD and atypical or extraesophageal symptoms remains unclear without advanced investigative techniques such as endoscopy. Recommendations about the use of endoscopy – basically that it is rarely required – have been produced because the vast majority of patients who show symptoms of reflux will not have damage to the esophageal tissue.

GERD is frequent during pregnancy and may begin at any stage. It occurs in up to 80% of pregnant women and is most likely due to the increased pressure in the abdomen which forces the stomach contents through the lower esophageal sphincter. Acid reflux causation is not difficult to establish in cases like this.

Investigation of lifestyle and dietary factors has demonstrated that the consumption of tobacco, chocolate, and carbonated drinks is linked to the occurrence of reflux. However, the evidence seems to suggest that alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, and citrus have no effect. This is in direct contradiction to a widespread view of the role of these substances, supported by anecdotal evidence from sites offering self-help remedies for acid reflux, and from the individuals who have tried them. However, the researchers report that stopping the use of tobacco or alcohol has not been shown to raise the pressure exerted by the lower esophageal sphincter or improve esophageal pH. Some work remains here on the importance of these substances as acid reflux causes in the majority of men and women.

Finally, it’s important to emphasize the fact that both gastric and duodenal contents can produce damage to the esophageal mucosa. Measurements of the acidity or alkalinity of material refluxing into the esophagus have demonstrated that while acid and pepsin are extremely important causes of damage, conjugated bile acids can cause damage in an alkaline environment because of the role that pepsin plays in tissue damage. There are synergistic damaging effects from bile and acid in the esophageal mucosal injury.

Home Remedies For Heartburn

Heartburn No More

What is it – And what’s it all about?

To get heartburn relief you may try a heartburn remedy or a prescription from your doctor. Of course, you may be a little worried about whether or not a “home remedy” will really work.

But, if you’ve tried antacids or doctor-prescribed medication and you aren’t satisfied with the results, perhaps this is the right moment to try a natural remedy for heartburn?

Since there is so much disillusionment with the medical profession at the moment, it’s hardly surprising natural remedies are the fastest growing treatments around – but the most important thing is that a natural remedy (a traditional home remedy) may well provide real relief from heartburn on a permanent basis.

Acid Reflux Remedy or Antacids?

Antacids are certainly very useful if you experience acid reflux once every couple of weeks. But most people with this problem have it every day.

My mom suffered from it almost hourly. Fortunately, she found a natural remedy that worked very well indeed – and I’m going to pass on all the details of this remedy to you so you don’t suffer in the same way.

 

(Hint: you can see it in the right-hand column of this page. It’s called Heartburn No More. This program offers a complete, totally holistic system for instant and long-lasting relief from the symptoms of heartburn.)

I think what I understood when she found this acid reflux cure was that her body, your body, all bodies, are created to effectively heal themselves when you do the right things.

In the case of acid reflux and heartburn, this might require a few changes to your diet and lifestyle. If necessary, there are also some powerful heartburn remedies that can start to heal any damage to the lower esophageal sphincter.

Heartburn Relief With Home Remedies – Could This Really Mean Heartburn No More?

1. Start by allowing the esophageal sphincter to recover and heal. This is possible if you drink lots of neutral fluids – water, mostly – and consume only soft foods for several days. You should avoid any hard, crisp or crunchy foodstuffs, which can produce tiny tears in the tissue and promote more attacks.

And, as you can imagine, cigarettes, carbonated drinks, acid foods and drinks, alcohol, and any type of spicy food is forbidden! Remember – this is only for a few days to allow damaged tissue to heal.

2. Try acid reflux remedies! A good one is a natural honey, which is a great remedy for heartburn because its properties include tissue healing. Take 3 teaspoons of honey a day, at least, and see how good it is for your esophagus and LES. Take some just before bedtime and let the healing properties of honey work while you sleep!

Acid reflux remedies can offer relief from the burning pain of acid reflux disease. There are both natural home remedies for acid reflux, and acid reflux drugs prescribed by the doctor. Many people with acid reflux disease prefer not to take strong prescription drugs, but to rely on their own remedies for acid reflux instead.

A Word About Acid Reflux Remedies

Let’s begin by looking at what acid reflux actually is. Acid Reflux Disease, aka gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, is actually caused by acid regurgitation from the stomach, also known as acid reflux. And acid reflux is one of the most uncomfortable minor ailments there is. The acid contents of the stomach can severely inflame the lining of the esophagus if they pass back towards the mouth instead of flowing onwards into the small intestine.

You may wonder why acid reflux takes place. As I already said, it’s actually caused by weakness in the valve between the esophagus and stomach. Under normal conditions, this valve, the lower esophageal sphincter, will only open to allow food to pass into the stomach; however, if either the LES or the muscles of the diaphragm, through which it passes, become weakened, then acid reflux may take place.

Symptoms Of Acid Reflux Disease 

1 Heartburn or indigestion. This is one of the most common complaints of mankind. It can range from mild discomfort to intense burning inside the chest and is sometimes mistaken for heart disease (incidentally, the same is true in reverse, which means any severe and/or prolonged case of heartburn should be checked by a doctor). Heartburn is relatively easily treated with over the counter acid reflux remedies (such as antacids) and other natural remedies for acid reflux such as cider vinegar.

2 Regurgitation of food from the stomach up into the esophagus and perhaps even into the mouth. This is also a symptom of acid reflux; it’s a rather unpleasant experience which almost everybody has experienced from time to time. Clearly, when it happens frequently, perhaps even multiple times a day, it’s time to find an effective home remedy for acid reflux.

3 Acid constantly refluxes from the stomach up into the esophagus. In this case, simple acid reflux remedies may not be adequate; the most obvious sign of this situation is rather severe pain in the chest, esophagus or stomach.

4 Occasionally men and women with gastro-esophageal reflux disease will experience difficulty in swallowing either liquid or food.

5 A sore throat or hoarseness of the voice. When the regurgitation of stomach contents becomes habitual, and acid reflux remedies prove ineffectual, the prolonged impact of stomach acid on the tissues of the larynx may be so severe that damage is caused which manifests as a sore throat or hoarseness of the voice.

6 It’s also possible that lung damage may develop if the stomach acid is refluxed into the lungs, and damage may occur to the teeth if vomiting or reflux into the mouth is a frequent event.

By now you have gathered that some cases of gastro-esophageal reflux disease are rather more serious than others, so you may be wondering whether or not acid reflux remedies can actually work as remedies for heartburn.

The truth is that natural home remedies for acid reflux can be effective, but in the more serious cases medical assistance is clearly advisable, if not actually necessary.

If you want no more heartburn or acid reflux, watch this video by Dr Joseph Mercola

When we talk about natural acid reflux remedies, such as heartburn no more, we’re talking about simple but effective remedies based on a body of historical knowledge built by natural home remedy practitioners.

The simplest of these is to take preparations of compounds that have been mentioned in the context of natural home remedies for GERD, including ginger, chamomile, fennel and almonds and apples. These can serve as a very effective way of controlling stomach acidity, making apples an effective acid reflux & heartburn remedy.

Other compounds which reputedly serve as acid reflux remedies include apple cider vinegar and various herbal preparations. You can find more information on all of these things on the links provided on this page. The most common way of obtaining heartburn relief using herbal preparations is a herbal tincture called Iberogast.

I should point out at this stage that heartburn remedies don’t work in isolation. You have to take some responsibility for curing acid reflux and heartburn through lifestyle changes, some of which may be difficult to take: for example, we’re very addicted in our society to tobacco and alcohol, but both of these compounds seriously enhance gastro-esophageal reflux disease.

Equally, it is known that obesity is a precipitating factor for acid reflux disease, and losing weight seems to be one of the most effective remedies for heartburn there is (apart possibly from Heartburn No More!)

It goes without saying that to make any remedies work, you have to limit your intake of acidic foods, spicy foods, in some cases oily foods, and pungent foods like chilli – all of which can exacerbate the symptoms of acid reflux disease.

Other factors that seem to be helpful include wearing loose clothing, so the contents of the stomach are not forced upwards; eating several small meals a day instead of two or three large ones; and sleeping with the head of the bed raised so that the stomach contents naturally tend to settle rather than refluxing up into the esophagus.

What Does Heartburn Feel Like?

Heartburn is an uncomfortable burning sensation in the esophagus and chest, often located behind the sternum or breastbone.

In this post, we’re going to see how the online program, Heartburn No More, by Jeff Martin, can help you get over the problem.

People often describe the pain as coming in waves, starting in the chest, and sometimes making its way as far up the neck like the throat and jaw.

The unpleasant sensation of burning in the chest may last from a few minutes to as long as several hours and frequently gets worse when the individual concerned bends over or lies down.

And if you have heartburn you may also experience a sensation of food sticking in the throat when you try to swallow.

Of course, the word heartburn actually has nothing to do with the heart, because the condition is usually linked to acid reflux or the regurgitation of gastric acid.

So how can you ensure you have heartburn no more?

Many people experience heartburn from time to time, but it’s only when it becomes a regular problem, or starts to seriously affect a person’s life, that medical intervention may be necessary.

(Occasionally similar symptoms are caused by ischemic heart disease, so it’s important that if there is any doubt about the cause of the pain, it is investigated by a doctor.)

A Few Comments On A Video About Heartburn

The link in this video just brings you back to this site, so don’t bother clicking it!

What Is The Cause Of Heartburn?

In many cases, heartburn is the result of a weakness in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). During swallowing, the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes, allowing the passage of food and liquid into the stomach.

Normally this sphincter then closes again, preventing gastric acids moving back up into the esophagus. In effect, the lower esophageal sphincter is a muscular valve right above the stomach which should keep food and stomach acid where it’s meant to be – in the stomach.

However, sometimes weakness or damage can develop in the muscle tissues, and then you have an inefficient valve. This allows stomach contents and stomach acid to move up into the esophagus, a process known as “acid reflux”.

The acid will burn and damage the tissues of the esophagus, which are not designed to withstand high levels of acidity. 

Conditions that cause the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to fail in its role as a valve include weakness of the LES muscle or an extra-large opening (hiatus) in the diaphragm where the esophagus passes through into the stomach.

When this happens, the stomach may move back and forth through the opening, a situation known as a hiatus or hiatal hernia. Hiatal hernias are often associated with acid reflux and the resulting acid pain – which Heartburn No More can sort out – because they contribute to the weakness of the LES.

Clearly, with an inefficient LES, symptoms of acid regurgitation may well be worse when a person bends over or lies down.

Repeated reflux of stomach acid is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD for short.

Heartburn Treatment

Heartburn No More – A Holistic Remedy

Tests to determine whether or not heartburn is a sign of acid reflux, a hiatal hernia (this is explained below), or GERD, may include a barium swallow, endoscopy, pH tests, esophageal motility testing, and esophageal manometry.

Treatment options for heartburn depend to some degree on what’s causing it.

In most cases, however, a number of simple diet and lifestyle factors can make a huge difference to the occurrence of reflux and the resulting pain.

This is what is called a holistic approach as it covers every aspect of your life, and the best summary of this kind of treatment that I can find is in an EBook called Heartburn No More, written by Jeff Martin and published by Higher Ways Publishing. [Higher Ways Publishing, Inc. Irvine, CA 92612]

What you can do to help yourself:

1) Smoking is known to be a major cause of acid reflux, and it also weakens the lower esophageal sphincter.

2) Certain foods may trigger heartburn in certain individuals — the usual suspects here include fatty or spicy foods, acidic foods, coffee, and alcohol.

If you have symptoms of heartburn you can help yourself by identifying those foods which trigger an attack and either cutting down or avoiding them altogether.

3) Other advice is classically given to lessen the intensity of the symptoms of heartburn including eating smaller meals more often, and not eating for at least three hours before going to bed. It may also be helpful to raise the head of the bed by a few inches so that gravity can assist in keeping stomach acid inside the stomach.

4) Over-the-counter medications include antacids, hydrogen antagonists, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Both of the latter have proved very effective at lessening the symptoms of acid regurgitation.

5) Follow the links in the right-hand column to find out more about the best heartburn home remedy of all – Heartburn No More!

Heartburn No More – An Effective Remedy For The Pain Of Acid Reflux?

As you probably already know, acid reflux is an extremely common problem amongst people in the western world.

But did you know that heartburn and reflux affect as many as 50% of all Americans — and probably just the same number of people in any other modern society? That’s shocking.

One of the classic symptoms of acid reflux is heartburn – which feels like a burning pain behind your breastbone and can be excruciating.

Typically, acid-blocking drugs such as proton pump inhibitors are prescribed by doctors as a standard remedy for acid reflux.

But there are other ways of avoiding the pain of heartburn so that you can live with Heartburn No More. And that has to be a great thing!

And remember, there are plenty of doctors who think medication is the wrong approach for heartburn and there should be no more drugs used to treat it. Let’s find out why…

The Causes Of Heartburn

Stomach acid is extremely acidic: if you remember your high school chemistry, you will realize how acidic the stomach is when you hear that it has a pH of 1.5. Another way of putting it: stomach acid is strong enough to digest bone. I mean, no wonder regurgitating acid causes heartburn pain…. which is why you need Heartburn No More. Read on to find out more.

So when acid passes back up into the throat, the sensation can be extremely painful. But what causes such acid reflux, and what is the remedy?

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Although you may have your own ideas, the truth is that acid reflux is often associated with a hiatal hernia or with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection.

A hiatal hernia means the valve between the stomach and throat does not work properly. H. pylori is a type of bacteria that infects the stomach and causes low-level chronic inflammation: it can even lead to a stomach ulcer.

These conditions tend to be the product of stress, a sedentary lifestyle, and a way of life that involves too much of the wrong kind of food and too little of the right kind of exercise.

The first work is done to demonstrate the importance of Helicobacter pylori in causing acid reflux was done by Dr Barry Marshall in the early 1980s. Often H. pylori are treated with antibiotics. But simply following a different diet can cure this infection.

Side-Effects Of Drugs – The 20th Century Solution That Might Be Used No More!

There are other causes of heartburn: a lot of over-the-counter medications, and many prescription medications, are responsible for heartburn.

The drugs responsible include anxiety medication, antidepressants, certain pain relievers, blood pressure medication, and many more.

And the best option to deal with acid reflux or heartburn caused by medication is to talk to your doctor and get that medicine changed for something else.

It probably isn’t the best strategy is to take an anti-acid drug as an acid reflux remedy in this situation, since drug interactions are common and side-effects can be dangerous.

But some medications are essential. You have to take them. So it’s important to take these essential medications in the best way. For example, in some cases, you can avoid damage to your stomach (and stop excess acid production) by taking your medication when your stomach is empty. But in other cases, your medication may cause less damage if you take it just before or after food.

So speak to your doctor or pharmacist to find out the best way to take essential medicine.

Often, stress is the cause of heartburn, or at least it seems to be associated with it.

But whatever the cause of heartburn and acid reflux, we all know that one of the most common solutions is to go to the doctor and get some medication that stops the production of acid in the stomach. And the effect can be dramatic. But….(isn’t there always a “but”?)

Do Heartburn No More & Other Acid Reflux Remedies Actually Work?

The most common remedies are acid reflux and heartburn remedies like Prilosec,  a type of drug known as a proton pump inhibitor or PPI, which blocks acid production in the stomach.

Currently the drugs most commonly prescribed for heartburn and acid reflux are PPIs like Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec. But they were designed for a very limited range of extremely severe problems such as bleeding ulcers. Should they be taken as remedies for mild heartburn and as acid indigestion home remedies? Or should we be using holistic remedies like Heartburn No More?

It’s been estimated by Mitchell Katz, director of the San Francisco Department Of Public Health, that 60% to 70% of people taking proton pump inhibitors only have mild heartburn and shouldn’t be on these drugs.

For one thing, if you suppress acid production in the stomach, to ensure heartburn and GERD are no more, you actually lower your body’s ability to fight H. pylori infection.

Apart from that, you increase your risk of food poisoning because of the lower level of acid in the stomach. Not only that, but PPI drugs do have serious side-effects which can include greater susceptibility to pneumonia, osteoporosis, and hip fractures.

Worst of all, the body develops a tolerance to PPIs, and at the same time becomes dependent on them. This means that coming off them can be an extremely painful experience.

There are drugs that are just as effective and a lot less damaging than proton pump inhibitors: these include hydrogen blockers such as Tagamet, Zantac, Cimetidine, and Ranitidine.

The Best Acid Reflux Remedy

However, the best treatment ever may lie in doing something completely different! And that’s where Heartburn No More comes in!

Dealing with H. pylori infection, and restoring your natural stomach acid balance (the easiest way to remedy acid reflux), is best done by modifying your diet. The first step is to eliminate the huge amount of processed food that most of us eat and replace it with high-quality unprocessed food.

Some other things that you might want to consider are reducing your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco products.

And another massively important element of an acid reflux diet is probiotic bacteria, which you can get easily from a number of food sources.

All of these issues, and many more powerful and effective acid reflux home remedies, are discussed In Heartburn No More by Jeff Martin. This is far and away the best, simplest and most comprehensive work on No More Heartburn and powerful acid reflux remedies available anywhere on the internet.

You can read more about Jeff’s work in the right-hand column of this page.

The Heartburn No More Advanced Package

eat well

When you buy the advanced package, as I did, for a mere $27 extra you get a fantastic DVD (actually a downloadable video) and a cookbook…. Does this represent added value? YES, INDEED IT DOES!

The video describes a 2-day program to immediately stop the pain of heartburn and acid reflux.

eat wellYou get comprehensive instructions about what to eat, how to eat it, what supplements to use, and how, when, and why to change your behavior.

This Heartburn No More eBook download is worth its weight in GOLD! If you have pain and discomfort, heartburn cures like this can instantly stop it.

As for the cookbook, well, imagine 150 delicious recipes specifically designed for acid reflux sufferers – which is to say, designed to work in harmony with your gut so you don’t get any of the symptoms of heartburn, and none of the reactions to food which may cause the conditions in which acid reflux will develop.

You get food substitution rules, meal plans, facts about which foods will combine without causing problems, what to avoid eating, how to cook all your food so it keeps you free of symptoms…. and a lot more, such as access to a database of recipe ideas.

So: as you probably guessed by now,  I think this program is the way to cure heartburn. Well, it’s certainly the way that worked for me. That’s why I’m so passionate about it! That horrible pain, all those belching, nauseating symptoms…. gone for good. Good luck.

With best wishes, Maria Edwards

maria.edwards2012@yahoo.co.uk

 

And, if you still aren’t convinced…..read on.

Heartburn No More was written by a real heartburn sufferer who happened to have the knowledge and expertise to research the causes and effective remedies on the Internet. His name is Jeff Martin, and, having spoken to him, I know his work has saved him and thousands of others from acute pain. It is based on real-world results – and that’s one of the reasons it’s so good.

Here’s the author, Jeff Martin.

What’s more, it isn’t just a nutrition program, combining as it does dietary changes with practical mental, physical and lifestyle changes to produce holistic heartburn relief.

Even so, it’s SIMPLE to use (and amazingly effective!) And the fact that it comes with an amazing 24-hour unlimited quality counseling service is outstanding. This means that you can email Jeff at any time and get an answer to your question, no matter what it is, within 24 hours.

You’ll learn a lot of new stuff. For example, something I didn’t know was that a diet high in refined carbohydrates such as sugar, white flour, and white rice can actually be responsible for one of the causes of heartburn and acid reflux.

This emphasizes the complexity of GERD, heartburn, and acid reflux, that complexity probably being the reason why prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications often don’t work.

Taking a holistic approach tackles the problem from the root cause, and will bring your whole system back into balance.

When the author talks about the “medication trap”, he raises an interesting idea: he suggests most doctors care more about money and status than their patient’s well-being (this is, admittedly, a big claim).

This, together with the pressure on doctors from drug and pharmaceutical companies to prescribe medications, is part of the reason why holistic and effective complementary therapies are often overlooked or even discounted.

Even so, Jeff Martin does appreciate the power of certain medications to alleviate symptoms of acid reflux (in particular proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec). He just doesn’t want you to use them (a view shared by many other doctors and therapists).

But Is Heartburn No More Really So Good?

Thinking it all sounds too much, too good to be true?  Well, it isn’t! The quick results “mini-program” is short, very practical, simple and easy. It will produce massive improvements in your heartburn / acid reflux very quickly. 

The full program takes 6 to 8 weeks, although you’ll get immediate relief within 48 hours.

The full system explains how to use dietary protocols, explains supplements that enhance digestion, suggests specific supplements to deal with Candida or yeast infections and parasites and gives you a lot of information about replenishing your system and rebalancing it with friendly bacteria known as probiotics.

To give you an idea of the philosophy behind Heartburn No More, here’s a quote from the author: “I wish I could tell you that eating healthy foods and consuming lots of alkaline foods and enzyme-rich raw foods will provide your body with all the vitamins and minerals needed to fight Candida, acid reflux and other digestive disorders.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. The techniques we use to grow, preserve, and prepare our food have lowered the quality of our food significantly.”

I certainly accept that is true, but how many of us would know what to do about it? Well, Heartburn No More gives you all the remedies and cures for every problem caused by your modern diet.

The author, Jeff Martin, lists and describes every supplement and product that can be beneficial, giving you guidance on how to choose between alternative remedies, where to get it from, and when it is necessary for you to take it. This information is priceless!

For example, did you know that digestive enzymes such as papaya enzymes contain a product called papain that can significantly help your stomach to digest protein and prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease? This can serve as one of the best home remedies for heartburn?

And what about this tidbit of information: orange peel extract can significantly help relieve heartburn and digestive disorders – it also reduces stomach acid in the same way as antacids but without producing any side effects.

How about that for a heartburn home remedy? Not only do you get this kind of information, but you also get practical ways of using it to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux. Fantastic!

This information lets you completely rebalance your system so that you’re never going to suffer from acid reflux again, and it’s provided in the context of a usable system, with lots of protocols that enable you to apply this information easily, simply, and quickly.

In my opinion, there is no better system for curing heartburn and acid reflux available, and I speak from personal experience. You can get it by clicking on the link at the top of the right-hand column of this page.