ACID REFLUX

Otherwise known as Gastroesophagael Reflux Disease.

It is a condition where acid from the stomach leaks up into the gullet. Common symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation in the back of the throat and bloating. In my practice, I find Acid reflux is becoming increasingly common due to a combination of spicy and processed foods, being overweight, eating heavy meals late at night and also it is linked to increased levels of stress!
There are ways to reduce acid reflux including lifestyle factors such as relaxation and stress release (Epsom salt baths are worth a try!).

Speak to a health practitioner regarding any possible food allergies, intolerances or gut dysbiosis which can contribute to the reflux. Avoid drinking water with meals times as this can cause more bloating and hinder digestion.

Limit use of spicy and processed foods and eating heavy meals late at night. Herbals teas such as peppermint and fennel tea after meals can help support gut motility. Aim to incorporate a range of anti inflammatory rich foods in your diet which can also be healing including avocados, banana and a range of nuts and seeds (unsalted!)

Keep your gut health in shape- transit time is really important. If your digestion is not optimal, and food is left stagnant then this will increase chances of reflux too. Find a good quality probiotic to supplement and top up beneficial bacteria in the gut! And finally, speak to a practitioner if your in doubt as excess acid production can have similar symptoms to not being able to produce sufficient acid (hypochlorhydria)!

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