Naturally Treat Heartburn and Acid Reflux

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Heart-burn is a symptom of acid reflux. This is caused by digestive acids flowing back to the esophagus from the stomach. The esophagus is located in the heart area of the chest and when this becomes irritated, it produces a burning sensation.

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Understanding acid reflux

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    What is acid reflux?
    Acid reflux is an uncomfortable sensation felt in the chest area due to rising digestive acids. This normally happens due to the failure of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to contract after a person swallows food. This failure makes it hard for the stomach to prevent the back-flow of gastric or digestive acids to go up into the esophagus.
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    What causes acid reflux?
    The rising of the gastric juices can be related to reasons such as lying down after eating, obesity, overeating, eating fried foods, and eating just before bedtime. Acid reflux can also be a reoccurring thing if a person is fond of drinking coffee and alcoholic beverages.
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    What are the symptoms of acid reflux?
    Heartburn is just one of the several symptoms of acid reflux. Other symptoms include bloating and flatulence due to gas. There are also symptoms that may seem unrelated such as:  
    1. Sour or bitter taste in the mouth
    2. Lingering dry cough
    3. Wheezing
    4. Husky voice
    5. Difficulty swallowing
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    What is GERD?
    GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is a gastric condition that can happen if acid reflux is ignored and left untreated. At worst, GERD can develop into cancer of the esophagus. Hence, it is important to treat this medical condition as soon as a person experiences his first heartburn.
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How do you naturally cure and manage hear-tburn?

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    Watch what you eat.
    Stick to a sensible diet. It is important to know what to avoid, what to include and how much is right. Some of the foods that you need to avoid include those that are acidic by nature (vinegar, citrus fruits and beverages), those that can stimulate the stomach to produce more acids (fats, coffee, chocolate, spices and spicy foods), and carbonated and alcoholic beverages.
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    Watch how you eat.
     
    1. Eat hours before bedtime so that your stomach has time to digest before you lie down.
    2. Eat slowly and take smaller bites. Not only will this manner of eating give your system enough time to digest food, but it will also let you enjoy your food and the eating process with your family.
    3. Try working on mindfulness and pay full attention to what the food has to offer from visual appeal to its aroma and flavor.
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    Baby yourself:
    Drink milk. Everybody must have all heard that milk can help in soothing heartburn. This is absolutely true. However, know that there is a downside to it. While milk can help buffer stomach acid, the nutrients in milk, especially fat, can make the stomach produce more acid. This can create more heartburn in the long haul.
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    Chew sugar-free gum.
    Chewing gum helps stimulate the production of saliva that is one acid shield. Also, gum makes a person swallow more and that can help push the acids back out of the esophagus. If you have to make chewing gum a habit, pick the sugar-free so as to protect your teeth.
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    Improve digestion with apple cider vinegar.
    Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it. The apple cider vinegar helps increase stomach acid to help in the digestion before meals.
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    Alkalize the tract with baking soda.
    Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with half a cup of water. This mixture can help alkalize the stomach to neutralize its acidic PH. This can immediate relieve acidity and heartburn.
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    Kick heartburn with raw almonds.
    Do you know that raw almonds are a delicious way to alkalize your digestive tract? It is an excellent source of calcium that helps balance the stomach.
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    An apple a day … A red delicious apple after an unhealthy diet is another delicious way to balance the stomach acidity.
    Do not peel the skin, as this part contains the most fiber and nutrients.
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    Try "saccharomyces boulardii." This is a probiotic strain that is said to be specifically help the small intestines in absorbing essential vitamins for optimal digestive health.
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    Battle stress and fight oxidative stress.
    A hectic and stressful life can contribute to the severity and frequency of heartburn. Even when scientists have not been successful in making a direct link between stress and heartburn, stress can make one get into doing all the wrong things to trigger acid reflux - unhealthy foods, nicotine, coffee, and alcohol. Learn to manage stress through "relaxation response," or "mindfulness meditation."
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    Relieve heartburn with Aloe Vera juice.
    This plant's phytonutrients, such as aloin, or aloe-emoin compounds, are potent laxatives that aid in efficient digestion of food. The juice from this plant also soothes an irritated esophagus. Drink 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera juice 20 minutes before a meal to help prevent chronic heartburn.
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    Lozenges from "slippery elm." This tree, ulmus rubra muhl, is a traditional folk remedy listed in the United States pharmacopeia, a collection of drug standards widely held until 1960.
    The inner bark of this tree mucilage is made up of a gelatin-like matter that swells when combined with water. This mucilage was once thought to be effective in coating the esophagus to minimize irritation. Thus, it was utilized as an ingredient of herbal sore throat lozenges sold in health stores.
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    Marshmallow.
    This is an herb that goes by the name of althaea officinalis. It also contains mucilage that can coat and soothe the esophageal lining and, thus prevent heartburn. It works by taking it as a "marshmallow root tea." How do you make this tea?
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    1. Boil a cup of water (8 oz.)
    2. Add to it a tablespoon of the dried root.
    3. Steep the root for about 10 minutes and strain.
    4. This is good to take up to three times a day.
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    Stop smoking cigarettes.
    Smoking can stimulate the muscle sphincters in the stomach to slacken thus making it easy for the gastric acids to rise towards the esophagus. Quitting smoking can prevent heartburn and many other health problems.
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    Essential oils can reduce Heart-burns.
    Mix 2 drops of eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil and dilute it in grape seed oil. Later rub it on your upper abdominal. This must be followed after consulting a doctor.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

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    Sexy, tight jeans may not be for you.
    The tightness of these kinds of clothes add pressure on the abdomen.
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    Foodie journal and more.
    Hold a diary and write down the food you eat before your heartburn symptoms appear. Through doing this, you will be able to know what foods are not allowed.
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    Time to burn belly fat.
    Live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight. Excess abdominal fat can press against the stomach and this can force acids up the esophagus. Go on a diet and do some exercise.
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    Always consult a doctor before taking any herbal treatment.
    This is most important when you are taking medicines for certain disorders like diabetes, cancer and other ailments. It is also necessary to ask you ob-gyn or pediatrician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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    Try sleeping on your left side.
    There are studies that reveal that sleeping on the right side or on your stomach can add pressure that may increase acid reflux.
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