What is acid reflux relief?

In medically oriented terms, antonyms of the word relief include pain, distress or damage. That links its meaning to both subjective and objective aspects. Subjective, denoting sensations experienced by the sufferer such as pain and objective, meaning physical findings detected by specialists which are either functional distress or organic damage. Actually relief is related to control measures and it quantitatively signifies removal of an unpleasant existence or reduction of its magnitude. The definition of relief, therefore encompasses alleviation of pain, relaxation of distress and healing of damage. Acid reflux on the other hand has two sides; the subjective side (symptoms) which reflects the symptom of heartburn and the objective side (signs) that reflects the functional and/or organic signs of esophageal changes. Acid reflux relief is therefore a broad term that covers all the measures used to control symptoms and signs of acid reflux disease. Normally, the lower esophageal sphincter remains closed except during swallowing. This prevents the passage of food and acid from the stomach into the esophagus. If the lower esophageal sphincter becomes weakened or relaxed, stomach acid may back up into the esophagus. Frequent acid reflux can irritate and inflame the lining of the esophagus, causing symptoms and signs of acid reflux. A better understanding of relief would thus entail knowledge of some aspects of normal structure and function, so that changes in the disease and its control could be easily considered. Actually acid reflux relief involves both preventive and curative measures, and in addition to treatment; orientation with the causes, symptoms and complications of acid reflux are essential for proper management. Acid reflux relief includes: dietary changes,lifestyle modifications, specific medications and surgical operations.Basic knowledge of the underlying causes and progression of acid reflux and answering frequently asked questions about its relief; add to the depth of understanding.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Acid Reflux Relief logoA special advice on fatty meals for acid reflux relief

Why fatty meals out of all foods that cause acid reflux?
Fatty meals are considered the most aggravating foods that can cause or worsen heartburn. They are widely used as an additive ingredient or a frying medium in the cooking process of most meals. They also make food more palatable, having a special flavor. Fats in addition are a common constituent of delicious milk products as ice cream and favorable sweets like dough-nut which we all like.
Their contribution to acid reflux is multi-factorial. They are known to lower resting pressures of the lower esophageal sphincter and cause its relaxation resulting in acid reflux. Fatty foods release enterogastrone, a local hormone that inhibits motility of the stomach, consequently food stays longer and pressure builds up inside the stomach with the increased possibility of reflux. As they keep food longer, it stimulates the production of more acid and digestive enzymes.
People, used to consume large amounts of fat are also obese and that adds more to the risk.
So how to reduce fat in our meals?
1- Choosing the source of protein: fish and poultry should be the preferred proteins of animal source and dry beans or peas the source of plant proteins. Don't forget to remove poultry's skin before cooking.
2- Choosing the way of cooking: boiling and broiling instead of frying.
3- Choosing low fat versions: skimmed milk instead of whole milk
Avoid ground beef, chicken nuggets, buffalo wings, smashed potato, french fries, cottage cheese and corn chips.
Make up your mind and relieve your heartburn.

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