A lot of people are now suffering from acid reflux. Whether you’re an adult, a playful child or a very innocent infant, you can still be a victim of this painful disease.
Usually, acid reflux or heartburn for some is a disease caused by the flowing up of the gastric acid from the stomach through the esophagus until reaching the throat.
According to medical terms, acid reflux is a process wherein the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxes, allowing the gastric acid of the stomach to flow back to the esophagus.
There are several conditions that cause acid reflux. People suffering from acid reflux may before undergone increase in anxiety, lack of body exercise, as well as unhealthy diet. All these acts cause the increase of the level of the production of acid which results to acid reflux.
There is also a study that seen a damage not only in the esophagus or stomach area, but also on kidneys, lungs and the heart when the level of gastric acid dramatically increases.
Some of the distinct symptoms of acid reflux are: difficulty in swallowing and breathing, periodic vomiting, severe headache, constipation and difficulty in sleeping (insomnia). Experiencing these is a sign the gastric acid already reached your esophagus.
The only solution to solve the problem caused by acid reflux is to reduce the production of the body’s acid. Normalizing the production of the gastric acid will eventually cure and may also overturn the symptoms of acid reflux.
If the gastric acid continually reaches the esophagus and will just be ignored, the patient will experience greater pain as the ay passes by. Through this, it can lead to greater damages and other complications and may turn into a fatal and dangerous situation.
There are several drug manufacturers who were able to include the medicines against acid reflux. But looking on their price list, some of them seem to be very hard to be bought because of its expensive costs.
To solve this problem, there are available home treatments that can be effective as the ones who are scientifically manufactured.
One of the inexpensive home treatments is the healthy diet such as acid reflux diet. A regular diet and a regular proper exercise will be a great help.
Though not so popular, chewing gum is also a cheap and effective remedy for acid reflux. Chewing gum instantly helps the neutralization of excess gastric acid in our stomach and eventually can give a relief. Sugar in a chewing gum is the one which actually neutralizes. Other sweets like honey, candies and other foods that are rich in sugar also have the same effect in fighting over acid reflux. Though helpful there are also required intakes to prevent other diseases like diabetes. It is better to consult the opinion of doctor about this.
Acid reflux may be easily prevented and cured if the patient has the strong motivation and focus on what he or she wanted to have – a relief from acid reflux. These steps will not be effective if the patient is not ready in sacrificing some of his or her old lifestyle.