Acid Reflux, or heartburn, is created by a simple imbalance of chemical make-up in the body and affects not only adults but also infants and children. This makes it necessary for everyone to be aware of its symptoms and how it can be prevented.
Research has shown that specific food can trigger Acid Reflux. i.e. chocolate, citrus fruits, spicy foods, including fried and fatty foods, and also the time of day the food is consumed. Therefore, it is vital for everyone to be cautious about what they eat, and especially what they should not eat if they suffer from heartburn.
People suffering from heartburn should have a light meal for dinner and follow it up with a small snack before they go to sleep, crackers are considered a suitable snack.
Likewise, meals that are rich in carbohydrates, such as bread, rice and pasta; will help reduce the excessive acid in the stomach, and ease feelings of discomfort.
Food must be well chewed and eaten slowly. This will help extract all the nutrients that you can get from your food. It is also advisable to sit up straight while having your meals and be in an up right position for at least 45 minutes after meals. It is always better to take several small meals a day instead of three heavy meals at regular intervals.
Any food with a high content of fat should be removed from your meal plan since fatty foods tend to stay in the stomach longer, as a result of which the stomach will be forced to produce more acids for digestion.
In order to get a proper dietary plan, you should visit a dietitian or nutritionist who will prepare one that would fit your specific health needs.
If acid reflux remains untreated, it will just get worse and before you know it you might experience regurgitation, wherein the food that you just ate will go back to your mouth causing nausea and vomiting. You might also get chest pains and have difficulty in swallowing food.
The simple and everyday remedy for acid reflux is antacids which come in tablet or liquid form. If you are taking it in tablet form, it should be chewed well for it to take proper effect. If the condition worsens however, surgery will be a last resort which will aim at eliminating acid reflux completely from the system.