Here are the root cause of acid re-flux
--- Haital hernias can also cause the unpleasant symptoms of acid re flux.
--- Much like pregnancy, being overweight or obese can put extra pressure on the valves and sphincter that allow release of acid. In addition, obesity is often associated with low levels of stomach acid.
--- Large meals are a culprit, as is snacking too close to bedtime. An overly full stomach places excessive pressure on the diaphragm, causing acid to leech out.
--- Certain medications including ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, some blood pressure prescriptions and aspirin can cause acid re flux.
--- Heartburn can be the first system of an H. pylori infection that is common in two-thirds of the population. Left untreated, this infection can cause stomach cancer.
--- Even excessive exercise can cause acid re flux by putting extra pressure in the abdominal cavity. This includes running and other aerobic high-impact exercises.
--- Magnesium deficiency can lead to improper functioning of the sphincter that prevents acid from escaping.
Food is the major factor affecting acid re flux .
Here are the foods that make acid re-flux worse:
--- Carbonated beverages
--- Energy drinks
--- Artificial sweeteners
--- Fried foods
--- Vegetable oils, including canola oil
--- Spicy foods
--- Processed foods
--- Corn and potato chips
--- Tomatoes and tomato products
--- Creamy/oily prepared salad dressings
--- Mint and peppermint
Foods that improve acid re flux:
--- Fresh organic vegetables
--- Free-range chicken
--- Aloe vera,
--- Ginger and fennel
Also, be sure to include the following foods:
--- Kefir and yogurt help balance healthy bacteria in the stomach, aiding in digestion and soothing the digestive tract. Select products that have live and active cultures that have been fermented for 24 hours.
--- Bone broth, slow cooked to extract essential compounds including collagen, glutamine, proline and glycine.
--- Fermented vegetables including kimchi and sauerkraut.
--- Kombucha packed with healthy bacteria and probiotics.
--- Apple cider vinegar helps to balance stomach acid and lessen the symptoms of acid re flux. Mix one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and drink five minutes prior to eating.
--- Green leafy vegetables
--- Pumpkin and other squash
--- Raw cow’s milk cheese
Ongoing research is focusing not just on pharmaceutical drugs for relief of acid re flux, but also on lifestyle modifications, including change in diet, acupuncture, yoga, exercise, weight loss and alternative therapies.
--- Coconut water – is high in potassium and electrolytes that help to keep the body hydrated and one feel relax from acid re flux.
--- Coconut oil – take one tablespoon of coconut oil daily. The lauric acid and other natural compounds help to fight inflammation, to boost immunity and to kill candida.
--- Lemon and Lemon Essential Oil – add a slice of organic fresh lemon or 2 drops of lemon oil to your water each day.
--- Raise the head of the bed 4–6 inches – use blocks to raise the bed, not just pillows. Raising your head at night can help keep acid in the stomach and relieve symptoms of acid re flux.
--- Manage stress – stress worsens symptoms of acid re flux. One can do yoga, meditation, art therapy or whatever helps you effectively manage stress.
--- Acupressure – certain reflex points at the base of the rib cage are associated with digestion and can help relieve the symptoms.
--- Don’t overeat – eat smaller meals to allow foods to properly digest.
--- Don’t rely on drugs — as mentioned above, prescription medications only temporarily treat the symptoms.
--- Exercise – exercise moderately, as rigorous exercise can cause acid reflux. Exercise earlier in the day.
--- Smoking – if you smoke, stop.
--- Alcohol – Give up
--- Clothing – avoid tight-fitting clothing and belts, especially during mealtime.
--- Don’t consume food three hours prior to bed.
--- Chew foods thoroughly — most people today don’t chew their food enough; remember, digestion starts in the mouth. The more you breakdown food prior to swallowing, the easier your stomach will be able to digest it.