Acid IBS Reflux – a disorder where the lower esophageal sphincter has become weak and incompetent whereby allowing acid to simply run up the esophagus.
Acid relux is often referred to as GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and is usually chronic in nature. The most common symptoms are heartburn, regurgitation and trouble swallowing.
The investigations used to determine GERD would include barium swallow x-rays and esophageal manometry. If you have chronic acid reflux, it is best to avoid eating two hours before going to bed at night. Another useful tip is to elevate your bed slightly to prevent acid from running up the esophagus.
Many patients have had success sleeping on the left side to reduce the reflux episodes. There are also drug treatments available to reduce the amount of acid produced in your stomach. More severe procedures would include surgery to strengthen the esophageal sphincter to stop the acid reflux.
At one point in my IBS experience, I had acid in my mouth in the mornings as that is usually when I would be able to taste it. I purchased a thicker pillow to elevate my head so that the acid would not run up my esophagus and it helped a great deal.
The other thing I did was to drink plenty of water about 1-2 hours prior to sleeping and this helps to dilute my stomach. Reduction of meat in your diet would also help to cut down acid production.
Also, the reduction of dairy intake can help out heaps with the acid reflux symptoms. In addition to the reduction of acid forming foods from your diet, it is also just as important to consume more alkaline forming foods.
One quick and easy way to do this is to squeeze freshly sliced lemon juice onto your salads, water, and other meals. Lemon helps to create a basic affect in your body even though it tastes sour and acidic in your mouth.
Make it a habit to increase your intake of alkaline foods over acidic foods, even if you do not have acid IBS reflux. The reason for this is because our modern diet, often is far more acidic than we need it to be. Rarely does someone have a diet that is too alkaline.
Other examples of alkaline foods are broccoli, cabbage, apples, almonds, etc. If you often use sweeteners in your food, try using Stevia. This product is alkaline forming and is a healthy sweetener derived naturally from a plant, contrary to almost all other forms of sweeteners out there. In fact, it is not even considered a sweetener but has a sweet taste to it. This product is highly recommended for frequent usage due to its healthy attributes.
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