Sunday, November 26, 2006

Home Remedy for Acid Reflux

I started looking into some home remedies for acid reflux or natural remedies to try to cut down on the over the counter acid reflux medications I take. Some that I found are:

Ginger - some people grind up ginger and add it to their meal or take it in a pill form after a meal with water. They say it helps reduce the acid in your stomach, reducing the chance of acid reflux.

Enzymes - digestive papaya enzymes are known to speed up your digestive process, which supposedly eliminates the risk of acid reflux. Enzymes are available in chewable tablets and you're supposed to take them with water right after you eat a meal.

Fiber - increasing your fiber intake is another way that is supposed to alleviate acid reflux. The fiber supposedly absorbs the excess acid, allowing your body to discard toxins quicker, allieviating acid reflux.

Water - drinking more water (8 glasses a day) will allow the body to flush away toxins and expel acid easier.

Tea - green tea is known to aid the body in digesting food and soothing the stomach. Also herbal teas such as peppermint, chamomile, and Ginger are also known to soothe the stomach. Having a cup of one of these teas after a meal supposedly is a great way to ease acid reflux.

I myself have not tried any of these home remedies for acid reflux, but I'd be curious to know if anyone out there has and if they really work? Or if anyone knows of any other home remedies or natural remedies for acid reflux?

Monday, October 02, 2006

Another Bad Acid Filled Night

Well, I did it again friends. I went to an Italian Festival yesterday and ate Sausages, Pizza, Canolies, etc. After the festival was over (I was working it) we all went out for a BIG STEAK and Margarittas!! Needless to say as you can imaging I did not get a good night sleep. My good friend Acid Reflux and GERD was back and kept waking me up, plus I swear that I have strange dreams when suffering with reflux. Anyone else think the same? So I did my best to prop the pillows, I could have used that Acid Reflux Wedge Pillow, and it helped a little. In the morning I drank lots of water, took a few tums and kept my stomach empty...Feeling better now!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Acid Reflux During Pregnancy

My sister is pregnant and due in November and she is constantly complaining to me about having acid reflux and heartburn. It brings back memories for myself when I was pregnant with my now 2 1/2 year old. I had acid reflux throughout most of my pregnancy. I learned many ways to ease the pain and I'd like to share a few....

1. Don't drink liquids containing caffeine, such as coffee, tea, cola, etc. These relax the LES(lower esophageal sphincter) which allows acid to reflux back into the esophagus.

2. Do not eat large meals. Eat small meals throughout the day.

3. Don't eat quickly. Take your time and eat slowly.

4. Wait at least 3 hours after you eat before going to bed.

5. Drinking too much fluid can put pressure on the LES, forcing it to open when it shouldn't. So, sip fluids throughout the day instead of just at meals.

Please share any tips you may have!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Walmart and Acid Reflux Prescriptions 4$

Well as many of us have heard. Wal plans on selling a variety of generic drugs for 4$. This will obviously help those mostly without health care prescription benefits, like me! I've been trying to see which generics will be offering and I stumbled upon an acid reflux prescription comparison chart. On the chart the only drug that offered a generic solution was Prilosec OTC which goes by the name of Omeprazole. I've use Prilosec OTC in the past for my acid reflux as I've discussed in other posts. Can't wait for Prevacid to come out in a generic! Has anyone used Protonix? Please post here if you have on how effective it is and how the side effects are for you! I'd also like to congratulate on Walmart on this strategy. Not only will it help its current clients out, but it will most likely cause people like me to move their prescriptions to Walmart and shop more while we wait for those acid reflux prescriptions to be filled! Great Job!