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MARSHMALLOW ROOT TEA - SOOTHE ACID REFLUX
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is when stomach acid moves upwards into the esophagus. More commonly known as acid reflux, GERD may seem like a post-meal annoyance, however those chest pains or frequent burps can be extremely damaging.
Obesity or being overweight
Eating large meals
or lying down immediately following large meal.
Certain foods & beverages are major culprits of GERD:
Alcohol, carbonated or caffeinated beverages like tea/soda/coffee, fatty or greasy foods, citrus (lemons/limes), tomatoes, chocolate, garlic, onions, or spicy food.
Some medications such as ibuprofen,aspirin, muscle relaxers, or blood pressure medications.
When the upper part of the stomach and lower esophageal sphincter (LES) move above the diaphragm (muscle separating your stomach from your chest that keeps acid inside the stomach). This allows acid produced by the stomach to move into the esophagus.
Heartburn or regurgitations/burping
Bloody or black stools or bloody vomiting
Dysphagia -- a narrowing of your esophagus, which creates the sensation of food being stuck in your throat
Sore throat, hoarseness, coughing (chronic)
Lifestyle changes are the best treatments for acid reflux. If you find yourself experiencing frequent acid reflux symptoms, try these lifestyle changes:
If you are overweight, dropping extra weight is vital to treating your acid reflux. Consult a physician before any serious weight loss programs.
If you take any medications for blood pressure, muscle relaxers, ibuprofen, or aspirin, consult a physician to see if there are alternatives or how you can help alleviate the acid reflux effects of these medications.
If you smoke...stop
Elevate your head when sleeping
Don't lie down immediately following meals
Don't eat within two hours of going to bed
Eat smaller meals throughout the day rather than two or three large meals
Avoid tight or constricting clothing
Organic Remedies - Marshmallow Root Tea
Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) contains mucilage, which produces a soothing film on the lining of mucous membranes. The sweet tasting root also contains pectin, sugar, cellulose and a number of nutrients, including vitamin B-complex, calcium, iron and zinc (Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine).
Marshmallow Root Tea
1 tbsp dried Marshmallow Root
8 oz boiling water
Boil water and steep marshmallow root for 10 minutes.
*For a more concentrated concoction, steep overnight in 16oz of cold water
Over The Counter -
Antacids are a common and effective treatment for the immediate symptoms of acid reflux or GERD. Alka-Seltzer, Maalox, Riopan and Rolaids are common brands that help to neutralize stomach acid.
If your acid reflux is moderate or severe, a prescription may be necessary. *Always consult your physician before taking any medication.
Foaming agents like Gaviscon that coat the stomach to prevent reflux.
Proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Aciphex, Nexium) reduce the amount of acid produced by your stomach
Prokinetics (Reglan, Urecholine) can help strengthen the LES, empty your stomach faster, and reduce acid reflux.
If acid reflux becomes severe enough, or if the damage caused by acid reflux is severe, surgery may be required. There are two types of surgical treatments used in treating GERD:
This procedure involves surgically placing a ring containing magnetic titanium beads known as a LINX device around the lower end of the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach.
The LINX helps to prevent stomach acid from moving up into the esophagus.
*LINX devices should not be used if you are allergic to any metals.
Another surgical procedure for GERD, fundoplication can help prevent further acid reflux. The surgery creates an artificial valve by wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the LES to strengthen it, prevent acid reflux, and repair a hiatal hernia. Surgeons perform this procedure through either an open incision in the abdomen or chest or with a lighted tube inserted through a tiny incision in the abdomen.
For more information on the treatment of acid reflux, contact us at ColoradoVoiceClinic.com
Dr. Dave Opperman, Colorado Voice Clinic, coloradovoiceclinic.com
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:54 PM MST
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