5 Ways To Treat Acid Reflux & Heartburn

Man suffering from GERD

Have you ever had a burning feeling in your chest? Or had to trouble swallowing food?

If you suffer from symptoms like regurgitation, pain under your breastbone, or a feeling of fullness and discomfort in your upper abdomen, the chances are that you have some level of heartburn or reflux.

An estimated 25% of people in the U.S. experience heartburn regularly, and that number is on the rise.

The question is — what can we do about it?

Keep reading to learn ways to treat acid reflux and what causes heartburn.

What Causes Heartburn?

Heartburn is one of the most feared symptoms of indigestion, often referred to as “gastric distress,” and it’s a common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Acid reflux is the result of the stomach acid staying in the digestive system longer than you intended, which can cause irritation and pain. Heartburn refers to that burning sensation in the chest; it’s caused by the same thing but is usually accompanied by coughing or wheezing.

Man in white shirt suffering from a stomach pain
Man in white shirt suffering from a stomach pain

Common Treatments for GERD

1. Drink plenty of water

As obvious as it may seem, it’s also the most important step. Drinking enough water will help keep your stomach contented and ensure that your digestive system works properly.

2. Eat foods high in fiber

This is especially important if you have a lot of heartburn or acid reflux every day. Fiber-rich foods like applesauce can help to keep your digestive system running smoothly.

You should also try to cut down on caffeinated drinks, as they can irritate acid reflux.

Virtual doctors also suggest eating small meals and snacks throughout the day instead of three large meals. This helps slow down gastric digestion, so food stays inside the stomach longer before it moves to the intestines and causes reflux or heartburn.

3. Manage stress effectively

Stress can have a negative impact on your digestive system. Keep your diet balanced and try relaxing techniques like meditation or deep breathing exercises to help regulate your emotions before eating.

4. Exercise regularly

Regular exercise helps keep your intestines healthy by strengthening their muscles and keeping cholesterol levels in check.

5. Consider adjusting your sleep position

Sleeping flat on your back is one of the worst positions for people who suffer from acid reflux and heartburn. When you sleep on your back, gravity forces acid into your stomach, which then causes it to be forced up into the esophagus.

Instead, try sleeping on your side or, even better, on your stomach. Prop up pillows under your head to elevate yourself so that gravity isn’t working against you as much when you’re lying down.

Reach out to the expert doctors online at TelMDCare. They offer virtual healthcare services for chronic diseases like acid reflux, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, and hypothyroidism.

Book your virtual healthcare appointments today. Visit their website or contact them to learn more about their services.

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