I have found that when I have refined sugar and flour and anything artificial, I have horrible heartburn. When I do not have aforementioned stuff, I do not. There is no better acid-reducer than overhauling your diet (the foods that you eat regularly).
2/20/13 12:21 P
My husband has had good luck with Zantac 150, but he worries about pumping medication into his body all the time. That's just a point of view.
2/20/13 11:03 A
I make a hot tonic with apple cider vinegar and honey (or agave)
I too will assume that you're talking about acid reflux, indigestion, etc. If this is an ongoing problem that happens more than once a week, you should run it by your doctor.
I suffered from acid reflux on and off for several years, and it was Prevacid that got it under control for me. During that time, my doctor insisted that I pay close attention to what foods and behaviors seemed to trigger it. For me, it was never one meal, it was usually a series of "high risk" foods with some stress piled on top of it. After much trial and error, I got it figured out and was able to stop taking the meds.
Since that time, I've found I rarely get indigestion or heartburn, and if I do a couple of tums will take care of it.
Treatment and avoidance will be different for everyone, so it's a matter of educating yourself and paying attention to how your body responds to trigger foods---alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, and acidic foods are the most common. For some (me included), eating too close to bedtime is a no-no, and eating to the point of over-fullness almost always brings on that burning, slightly nauseated feeling long after the food itself has passed my stomach.
I guess my point is that the best treatment is prevention. In the meantime, one of the OTC reducers would probably help quite a bit, but don't let the easing of the symptoms lull you into thinking you've solved the problem.
If you are referring to Acid Reflux, etc., then I find that a few teaspoons of yoghurt to be very helpful. Of course there is nothing like avoiding the triggers in the first place - too much coffee, citrus fruits, kiwifruit, pineapples, and alcohol, to mention but a few. Some prescribed medications can also be problematic, and if you need to take any, if possible take them with food, BUT talk with your Dr about it. In fact, if you are still having issues, then it is best that you talk with your Dr because it may be that further investigations are called for.
If you have stress that is affecting you, then dealing with that stress is also very beneficial. I hope that this answers your question.
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