Natural Heartburn and Acid Reflux Relief

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Natural Heartburn And Acid Reflux Relief

It is estimated that almost 23 million Americans report episodes of heartburn daily. Factors such as exercise, stress levels, eating habits, and general lifestyle can all influence the onset of heartburn. Luckily, drinking clay water can help bring relief.

What causes heartburn? When the valve at the top of the stomach is weak or damaged, acid from the stomach can back up into the esophagus causing painful burning. There are simple steps you can take to reduce the occurrence of painful symptoms. At the onset of symptoms, reach for calcium bentonite clay and follow the tips below.

About Acid Reflux and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD or acid reflux, is the chronic condition of the liquid contents of the stomach refluxing into the esophagus. “The reflux of the stomach’s liquid contents into the esophagus occurs in most normal individuals,” explains Jay W. Marks, M.D. in an article for MedicineNet.com . “In patients with GERD, however, the refluxed liquid contains acid more often, and the acid remains in the esophagus longer.” Dr. Marks reports that the liquid refluxes to a higher level in the esophagus of patients with GERD than with individuals without GERD. This acid can damage the lining of the esophagus causing painful heartburn, ulcers, and even bleeding. If you feel you may be suffering from GERD, consult a physician as soon possible.

Restore Your Gastro Intestinal System’s Health

For the millions of Americans suffering from heartburn and GERD on a regular basis, there is hope. Making adjustments to lifestyle, eating habits and health routine can bring relief. In some cases, making a habit of a new, healthier lifestyle can keep attacks at bay all together.

Calcium Bentonite Clay

For immediate relief from acid reflux, heartburn or indigestion, many Earth’s Natural customers drink clay water. Earth’s Natural clay is safe for consumption not only by adults, but by children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Drinking some clay water prior to meals can coat the stomach and bring acid levels down, nearly instantaneously. This is a result of our clay having a pH of 9.7, which is considered alkaline. Learn more about balancing pH in the body here. Drinking clay also offers many additional benefits when used internallyWatch a video about how to mix clay water at home here.

“I had suffered with severe heartburn and acid reflux for many years… It was only a short time after taking the clay that I felt some very welcome relief. I now take the clay on a regular basis and are not longer suffering with the heartburn and acid reflux… I highly recommend this clay to anyone.” – G.B.

 Read what other clay users have to say about clay.

Other important tips for relieving your heartburn include
  • avoiding laying down for at least 20 minutes after eating
  • loosen belts and bras
  • sit up in a relaxed and comfortable position.

Modify Your Lifestyle

For long-term relief it is best to modify your lifestyle to avoid activities that can trigger GERD. A simple habit for a healthier lifestyle is to avoid eating within 3 hours of bedtime. This will give your stomach time to settle before you lay down for the night.

It’s also important to develop a routine for being physically active every day. By incorporating moderate exercise into your life, you can help keep your body healthy and keep your weight in check. Moderate physical activity can include any activity that keeps your body in motion for 30 minutes like walking, doing yoga, or going for a swim. Even doing three 10-minute bouts of exercise brings health benefits.

Don’t feel the need to overdo it. In fact, Carole Howell had this to say in the Costco Connection, “Vigorous exercise can actually put enough pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter causing it to release a surge of acid.”

Lastly, consider ways to reduce stress in your life. Make a habit of taking a relaxing clay bath, meditating regularly, or simply opting out of situations that you know can cause stress. By limiting the stress you experience or by learning to better handle stressful situations, you are on your way to a healthier (and happier!) lifestyle.

Healthy Eating Habits

Certain foods are more likely to lead to instances of heartburn and acid reflux. In fact, studies have proven four foods in particular trigger GERD. These acid-inducing foods are:
  1. chocolate
  2. coffee
  3. alcohol
  4. saturated fats.
Be sure to avoid foods that are known irritants. Three foods known to cause additional irritation to an inflamed esophagus are:
  1. onions
  2. citrus fruits
  3. spicy foods. 
In addition to avoiding foods commonly associated with triggering GERD, you may want to experiment with your diet. Keep a food journal and record how you feel within an hour of each meal. Avoid foods that induce discomfort. In his book, The Acid Reflux Solution: A Cookbook and Lifestyle Guide for Healing Heartburn Naturally, board-certified gastroenterologist Jorge E. Rodrigues offers these healthy eating tips:
  1. Choose natural, unprocessed foods
  2. Stick to smaller portions
  3. Eat slowly and chew well
  4. Drink before or after your meal instead of with your meal.

Summary

If you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD, there are simple steps you can take to reduce the occurrence of painful symptoms. Remedy the onset of attacks by drinking clay water before eating and following our tips for a healthier lifestyle. “Whatever you do, don’t throw up your hands and quit if you have another attack,” says Rodriguez. “Considering how long you’ve already endured the pain, it’s going to take more than a few days to return your GI system to its natural health.”

References

http://www.medicinenet.com/gastroesophageal_reflux_disease_gerd/page2.htm#what_is_gerd

“Recipe for Relief: Healing GERD Naturally” by Carole Howell, Pg. 55, June 2013 Costco Connection

 

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