What Is acid Reflux Disease & How To Prevent

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Hello, health enthusiasts and fellow warriors in the battle against unhealthy eating!

It’s Lila here, from Health & You.

Today, I’m diving into a topic that’s not just close to our stomachs but also to our hearts – acid reflux, a condition many face, but few discuss openly.

As someone who has navigated the rocky waters of health and nutrition, I understand the importance of shedding light on such issues.

Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus).

This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus.

Many of you might know the feeling – that burning sensation in your chest after a meal, often mistaken as heartburn.

But when these symptoms occur frequently, it’s a sign that you might be dealing with something more serious.

One common culprit behind acid reflux is a hiatal hernia.

This happens when the upper part of the stomach bulges through the large muscle separating your abdomen and chest.

Surprisingly, this can be triggered by habits many of us are guilty of – overeating, lying down immediately after meals, or bending over post-dinner.

Even our beloved snacks before bedtime can be a trigger!

Now, let’s talk risk factors.

Being overweight or obese, indulging in certain foods (I’m looking at you, chocolate, and spicy delights!), certain drinks like alcohol, and smoking are major contributors.

Pregnancy and certain medications also play a role.

As a mom who struggled with weight issues, I understand how these factors can intertwine with our daily lives.

Symptoms of acid reflux extend beyond just heartburn.

They include regurgitation of food or sour liquid, difficulty swallowing, coughing, wheezing, and chest pain – especially while lying down at night.

If you’ve ever experienced these, you know they’re not pleasant.

When lifestyle changes and medications don’t bring lasting relief, it’s time to consult a doctor.

Tests like a barium swallow radiograph, endoscopy, biopsy, esophageal manometry, impedance monitoring, and pH monitoring play crucial roles in diagnosis.

So, what can we do about it?

First, let’s talk diet.

As someone who found success with the keto diet, I believe in the power of food as medicine.

Eating smaller, more frequent meals instead of large ones, and avoiding trigger foods (acidic, spicy, and fatty foods) can be a game changer.

Incorporate alkaline foods like bananas, melons, and oatmeal which can help neutralize stomach acid.

Exercise is another key player.

Regular physical activity helps in maintaining a healthy weight, a crucial factor in managing acid reflux.

However, avoid vigorous exercises immediately after meals as they can exacerbate symptoms.

Mindful eating is another strategy.

Eating slowly and chewing thoroughly gives your stomach time to digest and reduces the chances of acid reflux.

Remember, it’s not just what you eat, but how you eat.

In conclusion, managing acid reflux is a delicate balance of the right diet, lifestyle changes, and medical intervention when necessary.

As we journey through our health paths, let’s remember to listen to our bodies and consult health professionals when symptoms persist.

Remember, a healthy outside starts from the inside. Until next time, eat well, live well!

Lila, your guide to a healthier you.

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