November 23, 2019
Acid reflux is a common condition that causes burning pain in the chest area, known as heartburn. Where your stomach and esophagus meet there’s a ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter. Normally, this muscle closes as soon as food and liquids pass into the stomach.
If this ring of muscle doesn’t close all the way or opens when it’s not supposed to, acid from your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This can cause acid reflux symptoms.
Occasional heartburn is very common. But, if you have heartburn twice or more per week plus other symptoms, like regurgitation of sour liquid or food, trouble swallowing, or coughing, you might have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a more severe form of acid reflux.
Ayurvedic supplements for acid reflux may help reduce your symptoms.
Certain things increase your risk for getting occasional heartburn or developing acid reflux disease, including:
Millions of people have acid reflux. But what really causes it?
One common cause, a hiatal hernia, is anatomical. It happens when the upper part of the stomach and lower esophageal sphincter moves above the diaphragm muscle, which normally keeps acid in your stomach. When you have a hiatal hernia, acid can rise into your esophagus, causing heartburn and other acid reflux symptoms.
There are other theories about what might cause acid reflux. One is that an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine creates excess gas, which puts pressure on the small intestines and stomach. This extra pressure can push acid from the stomach into the esophagus.
Over the counter antacids and proton pump inhibitors, such as omeprazole, reduce the amount of stomach acid your body produces, which can lead to bacterial growth.
The science isn’t settled about whether bacterial overgrowth causes acid reflux. For now, the best way to deal with heartburn is to make lifestyle changes, including avoiding foods that cause acid reflux. These include:
Talk to your doctor if you take antibiotics, aspirin or ibuprofen, nitrates, blood pressure medications, and alpha-blockers, which may contribute to acid reflux symptoms.
Acid reflux is uncomfortable but making lifestyle changes can help. Losing weight and adopting an acid reflux diet may help improve your symptoms. Also take good care of your digestive system with a high-quality digestive health supplement.
October 14, 2020
Welcome back to Athreya Ayurveda, where it's all about Ayurvedic health and learning!
Did you know that several diseases and health conditions begin in the gut?
It means that if you maintain a healthy gut, you can live a healthier life and enjoy greater well-being. According to Ayurvedic principles, you’re not what you eat but what you digest.
September 24, 2020
Today, we’ll discuss the physical and mental changes a woman goes through because of menopause in the light of Ayurvedic principles. Perhaps you already know that menopause marks the end of a woman’s periods, as the production of hormones estrogen and progesterone halts in the ovaries. It’s a natural process that usually happens after the age of 45.
August 06, 2020
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