Acid Reflux or GERD
Acid Reflux means a flow back of acid from stomach into the esophagus that causes discomfort such as heart burn. If you are experiencing this regularly, this condition might be gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, especially if you don’t feel any relief even after taking medication.
These facts about acid reflux will help you to know what to do and what you don’t when you are diagnosed with this illness.
- Acid reflux when not treated can last longer days and it can wear out your esophagus inner protective lining which is called erosive esophagitis.
– Watching your food intake will help you feel better and reduce your acid reflux problem.
– Sleeping on the left side of the stomach is proven beneficial than sleeping at the right side, this will lessen heartburn problem.
– Sleeping with the head elevated will also help to reduce heartburn, you can add extra pillow on your head or buy yourself a bed that can be elevated.
– Don’t get too hungry and too full. Eat small portion any time you feel like eating.
– Chewing gum can also help to produce saliva in your mouth that will wash out the acids left in your esophagus and throat but avoid mint flavour because it will just worsen your acid reflux.
– If you don’t like chewing gums you can suck antacids or cough drops and you will get the same effect.
– Water is always proven beneficial and can reduce heartburn.
– Never sleep after having a big meal. Try to walk around a little or wait for four hours before you go to bed.
Good news! Acid reflux when diagnosed earlier can be treated. So there is no way to worry about it. Whenever you feel some discomfort in your stomach or you are having a heartburn, it is best to visit your doctor right away so you will know what kind of medication you should intake and what are the do’s and dont’s in this situation. Don’t wait until you can’t bear the pain because you can’t even bear if it worsens.