Acid Reflux

Here are some ideas that can help you with your acid reflux at night and really anytime of the day. In case you have ever tried to get to sleep at night, but have been unable to sleep due to a burning feeling in your chest or throat, in which case you may just have acid reflux. The reflux occurs when your esophageal sphincter does not close like it should and the stomach contents will start to leak back into your esophagus.

An acid reflux symptom usually starts with a burning pain in the chest that usually moves up to the throat. It often feels as if your food is coming back into your mouth and this leaves an acidic taste. Usually acid reflux symptoms are worse after you eat and some times it could be worse when lying down.

In today's world about 30 million adults suffer from this reflux. Over 50 million will experience heartburn at least twice a month. Good acid reflux care may help manage your condition, yet all acid reflux treatments are so very different. Finding a reflux treatment that works can be tricky, and deciding on a course of treatment need to be discussed with your doctor. Often the therapy will depend on the severity and frequency of symptoms.

There are a few medications that are normal for this reflux treatment. The best of medications for the reflux treatment are the wonderful antacids, which can be bought over the counter. Antacids are often the first drugs recommended for the reflux treatment. The antacids will begin to neutralize your stomach acid so that there will be no acid burning in the esophagus. The main downside of antacids for the reflux treatment is that they empty from the stomach and then the acid returns. Some common over-the-counter antacids for the reflux treatments are Rolaids, Tums, and Mylanta.

Another different reflux treatment medication is the new inhibitors called the Proton Pump Inhibitors. These drugs are available by prescription. The Pump Inhibitors block the secretion of your acid into the stomach, and will help to protect your esophagus from acid so the inflammation heals. The common names of Proton Pump Inhibitors in the reflux therapy include Aciphex, Prilose, Prevacid, and Prilosec.

Lately, a new implant was accepted by the FDA as an reflux therapy for those who don't respond to medication, but who want to avoid surgery. The implant is called Enteryx. The spongy formula will strengthen the Lower Esophageal Sphincter and will keep the stomach acid from refluxing into the esophagus. This implant is injected during an endoscopy.

Many individuals prefer to use natural treatments over medications. Herbal treatments are another common treatment. There are a number of available herbal treatments, but not all may work equally well. It usually takes longer to see results with herbs. It may take up to six weeks to know whether a particular herb is having a therapeutic effect.

Herbs that decrease stomach acid in acid reflux treatment include flax, slippery elm, calendula, licorice and wild yam. Great care is needed in using licorice in those with high blood pressure.

Many digestive enzymes are gaining in popularity for their ability to aid in the digestive process. An enzyme supplement containing papaya or pepsin could be taken with meals to ensure proper digestion of protein.

The following two fruits pineapples and lemons can help support you digestion. Pineapples have a high level of the enzyme brome lain, that can be used as part of your reflux diet.

I just really want to emphasize that treatment really relies upon diet. There are many foods known to trigger this reflux. While not all foods will affect everyone in the same way, particular foods have a higher incidence of reflux symptoms. The diet for this reflux should include foods that you should generally be avoided including alcohol, chocolate, carbonated drinks, caffeine, tomatoes products and citrus juices.

May adults suffer with acid reflux every day. This is common but it is not an unusual problem. This reflux can greatly impact a person's quality of life. Luckily, a wide variety of reflux treatments are available. With the vast array of prescription, herbal remedies, and over-the-counter treatments lifestyle changes to diet acid reflux can be treated in most people.