What is acid reflux !!

Acid Reflux


Shared By : Poonam Bisen M.sc, M.phil (Dietetic and Nutrition)

Burps :

Burps are annoying! And when they come with an acidic taste at the back of your mouth, you really need to pay attention to that. This can be a symptom of acid reflux. It is also known as GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) and is a total discomfort. So, let’s know a little more in detail of this acid reflux. Acid reflux is when stomach acid comes upwards through oesophagus. The food enters into the stomach through an opening of oesophagus called the oesophageal sphincter which normally closes after forwarding food into the stomach but when it remains open, the acid produced in stomach may come upward resulting in conditions like heartburn, acidic burps or burning pain in the lower chest area. Sometimes associated with difficulty in swallowing too.

Common causes of acid reflux:-

The most basic cause of acid reflux is actually a stomach abnormality called hiatal hernia, where stomach acid comes upward from stomach through oesophagus. Other causes include overeating or eating heavy meals right before sleeping, eating spicy or fatty food, drinking carbonated or caffeine drinks and obesity. It is also caused by eating citrus fruits like orange, lime, cranberry which add up to the hydrochloric acid of the stomach.

Here’s how you can cure acid reflux:-

While there are lot of medical options, you can also balance it out more natural way by improving your eating habitsand just by adding some basic fruits and vegetables to your diet.Avoiding, high fatty foods is the key! Also avoid overeating, caffeine and carbonated drinks, eating spicy foods, eating right going before to bed. Here is a list of foods that will surely keep your stomach cool, healthy and comfortable.

Some healthy foods to cure acid reflux:-

  1. Aloejuice:-Aloe juice is loaded with lots of benefits! It’s good for skin, health and also for stomach because of its anti-inflammatory effects. You can have homemade fresh aloe juice which should be unsweetened to keep acid reflux at bay.

  2. Oats:-Rich in fibres, oats works amazing in absorbing the acid in stomach and working against acid reflux.Simply including oats in your breakfast will reduce the chances of getting into this problem.

  3. Plain yoghurt:-Yoghurt is also known for its cooling and soothing properties and works well when your stomach is upset. It can cool down the acid formation in the stomach and will help soothe your stomach.So having fresh yoghurt can solve this issue of acid reflux.

  4. Banana:-Banana is the best non citrus food to go for! It is always advisable to avoid citrus fruits during acid reflux they add up to the hydrochloric acid content in the stomach.Banana also have cooling effects.

  5. Ginger:-Ginger is another food known for its anti-inflammatory properties which help ease the stomach and the other gastrointestinal problems. You can have unsweetened ginger tea or can simply grate ginger over your salad and food to treat acid reflux.

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