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MARSHMALLOW ROOT TEA - SOOTHE ACID REFLUXGastroesophageal 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.


Primary Causes

Obesity or being overweight
Eating large meals or lying down immediately following large meal.
Diet- 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.
Smoking
Pregnancy
Medications - Some medications such as ibuprofen,aspirin, muscle relaxers, or blood pressure medications.
Hiatal Hernia- 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.


Symptoms

Heartburn or regurgitations/burping
Bloating
Bloody or black stools or bloody vomiting
Dysphagia -- a narrowing of your esophagus, which creates the sensation of food being stuck in your throat
Nausea
Sore throat, hoarseness, coughing (chronic)

Treatment

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Treatments


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.


Rx - 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.

H2 blockers (Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac) decrease acid production.

Surgical

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:

When left untreated, GERD can lead to serious complications including stricture, Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer. The LINX® Reflux Management System is designed to keep the weak esophageal sphincter closed to prevent reflux. Click here to learn how the LINX® System works (LinksForLife)

LINX

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.

 

LinxSystem

Fundoplication -

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

 
Article Sources

Dr. Dave Opperman, Colorado Voice Clinic, coloradovoiceclinic.com

Heidisinsel.com

WebMD

Livestrong.com
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