Many people experience acid re flux , a condition in which gastric juices from the stomach flow back to the esophagus. Do you ever experience a feeling of warmth, burning, heat, and pain that starts in the upper abdomen or just beneath the breastbone, which often spreads upwards, ending up in your throat and leaving a bad taste in your mouth? Here are some ways to prevent these common symptoms:
- Eat slowly, enjoy your food, and chew it well.
- Eat mild foods, and avoid spicy or strong foods until the heartburn passes.
- Avoid foods that form gas, such as onions, beans, cabbage, and broccoli. If you need to incorporate these foods into your diet, do so in moderation.
- Avoid eating meat, grains, coffee, and dairy.
- Take a walk after your meals. Being mobile helps your stomach digest food and get your intestines working.
- If your heartburn is mild, a glass of water may help settle the stomach.
- Doctors have long promoted drinking a glass of milk as a home remedy for heartburn. Research has shown that milk may give temporary relief, but can worsen the situation by increasing acids in the stomach.
- It is highly recommended increasing intake of green leafy vegetables, fruit, mint, fennel, prunes and fruit juice.
- Aloe vera juice is very effective and used by many as a great natural remedy.
- Chamomile tea is also a good remedy and prevents acidity and helps prevent stomach upsets and ulcers.
If you have heartburn or reflux together with the following symptoms, you may have a condition called functional dyspepsia (FD):
- Abdominal pain
- Bloating (with an inability to finish a meal
- Nausea and sometimes vomiting
- A sour taste in the mouth
- Excessive burping
FD may come and go, and symptoms can become increasingly severe weeks or months and then decrease or disappear entirely for some time. There is no definitive diagnostic test for FD. And this can lead to anger or frustration for patients who continue to experience very real symptoms. Certain foods can make symptoms worse, but that varies from person to person.
If you have symptoms of FD, try not to lie down for at least two hours after a meal. Avoiding large portions and eating smaller, more frequent meals is important to normalize upper gut motility. Make sure you consult a health care professional to discuss causes of your symptoms and treatment options.