Do you have frequent heartburn and indigestion?
Is acid reflux discomforting for you throughout the day?
Do you feel addicted to acid control pills and ant-acids?
Do you want to get rid of the vicious cycle of pain, heartburn, and discomfort?
Here are 5 tips to get rid of all kinds of stomach problems particularly acid reflux and heartburn:
1) Make little changes in your eating habits
The major risk factors for developing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn include high caffeine intake, smoking, alcohol use and a diet comprising of high salt and spices but low fiber content. By making a few simple changes in your diet, you can prevent acid reflux. Avoid coffee and tea in the morning or with an empty stomach.
Try to add fruits and vegetables to your diet. Try avoiding meat products because proteins flare up the production of acid in the stomach. Moreover, reducing the usage of oily foods and trans fats in your diets. These simple changes are quite effective in relieving stomach problems.
2) Try to make slight lifestyle changes
The sedentary lifestyle is a big contributor to many of our health issues including acid reflux. So, try increasing your physical activity per day. Similarly, make changes in your posture e.g., sitting up straighter actually helps.
Avoid increased pressure on your tummy by wearing loose clothes and throwing away tight belts and trousers out of your wardrobe. Moreover, if you smoke or drink, be mindful that these habits can aggravate your stomach problems.
3) Avoid stress in your life
Stress is the biggest cause of acid reflux disease. One of the cranial nerves from the brain supplies the stomach i.e. vagus nerve. So, stress and anxiety can stimulate the vagus nerve and hence result in excessive production of acid in the stomach that leads to heartburn.
So, the best way to avoid GERD is to stay away from stress. Take out time for yourself from your daily routine and calm and soothe your body and mind.
4) Test Acupuncture
Acupuncture is based on the theory of the balance of inhibiting the relaxation of the upper energy flow in the body known as chi. Disruption of this energy balance can lead to disharmony among the body organs and thus various disorders including stomach problems. Acupuncture by Dr. Ly helps in getting rid of GERD by stimulation of specific acupuncture points in the body. This helps to the esophageal sphincter and thus helps to prevent acid reflux.
Moreover, acupuncture by Dr. Ly is also quite soothing and restores the imbalance of energy flow or chi. In this way, it helps to lower emotional stress which can cause acidity and heartburn. So, you must try acupuncture.
5) Elevate the head of your bed
It might seem a simple yet odd tip, however, you will find it very effective. At night, our stomach is empty and excessive acid production can cause ulcers and heartburn. Elevating the head of your bed will prevent opening of your esophageal sphincter and gravity will assist the stomach in keeping the acid to itself. So, gather up a few pillows and elevate the head side of your bed.
These few tips can help to live your life with acid reflux and indigestion easier. Moreover, they will reduce your dependence on proton pump inhibitors and antacids.