5 Things You Can Do To Eliminate Your Gerd Symptoms
5 Things You Can Do to Eliminate Your GERD Symptoms
by Elizabeth Radisson
We've all suffered with the symptoms of indigestion at one time or another. These symptoms often occur after eating a large or heavy meal. They estimate that 5,000,000 men in the U.S. alone suffer with indigestion or GERD-like symptoms at some time in their life. Unfortunately, some people suffer with these symptoms much more regularly.
You can take several steps to improve your digestive help and reduce your acid reflux symptoms. Here are five steps you can begin with right away.
1. Eat More Fiber Every Day
Changing your diet to include more high-fiber foods will improve your digestive health, as well as reduce your acid reflux symptoms. These days, we all seem to eat too much junk food, hit the drive-thru at the local fast food joint, and overall eat meals too high in fat, with too much meat. Unfortunately, all this has a negative impact on your indigestion symptoms.
Not only does it help with reducing acid reflux symptoms, it also helps to prevent diabetes, heart diseases, hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer, and many other diseases. Adding more fresh fruit, more vegetables, and breads and cereals made with whole grains, you'll easily increase the fiber content of your diet.
For those that suffer with frequent indigestion, it may also be wise to avoid food that can give you gas, such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, baked beans, and carbonated drinks and sodas. Drinking enough water is also a good idea, as it helps to lubricate the food within the digestive tract, and helps dissolve minerals, vitamins and other nutrients so they are more easily absorbed by your body.
2. Chew your Food
Chewing your food properly may be one of the most ignored habits for having good digestion. When you chew your food properly, it's broken down, and the motion of your jaw sends signals to your body to start to release digestive enzymes. To support digestive health, make sure you've thoroughly chewed each bite.
In addition, make sure you don't overeat. It can be an easy thing to do, especially with the portion sizes doled out in many restaurants. The larger your meal is, the more acid your stomach needs to produce to properly digest the food. In turn, this extra acid can increase the your chances of developing heartburn or indigestion.
3. Exercise Regularly and Eliminate Stress
Regular exercise will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, while improving your digestive health. Regular exercise can help to avoid obesity, which can lead to such digestive problems as diarrhea, stomach pain, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Reducing the stress in your life helps to reduce digestive issues. Stress reduces the blood flow to your abdomen, and it also reduces the production of digestive enzymes. This reduction of enzymes slows the digestive process, leading to heartburn and indigestion symptoms.
4. Take Care with Antacids
When trying to rid yourself of heartburn or indigestion symptoms, you may be tempted to take more than the recommended dose of your favorite anatacid. Stomach acids can sometime reflux, or back up, into the esophagus which causes the burning sensation of indigestion.
While antacids are effective at neutralizing stomach acid, there can be too much of a good thin. Overusing antacids can reduce the acidity in your stomach, which negatively impacts your ability to properly digest your food. That ends up increasing your chances of getting a bacterial infection.
5. Help out your Digestive System
Digestive enzyme supplements can be a great way to decrease the occurrence of heartburn. These enzymes are source from plant fiber, and help to enhance your body's ability to digest food and absorb nutrients.
You probably don't have enough digestive enzymes if you are in poor health, or eat an unhealthy diet. After all, even healthy people benefit from digestive supplements, especially if they have indigestion or heartburn.
These five steps will start you on your way to improving your digestive health, and eliminating your symptoms of heartburn or indigestion.
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