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Acid My Day It Was Indigestion!
By Antony Wilton, Thu Dec 8th

When I was young, we had indigestion, now we discuss heartburn,acid reflux and that great mouthful known as esophagealReflux Disease (thankfully described as GERD)

Whatever you call it, if you are suffering from belching, gas ora bloated stomach lets consider the cause.

Its been a hard and stressful day at work. You race home, gulpdown a quick meal and collapse into bed for a well earnedrest....But wait. Suddenly you experience a burning sensation inthe top of your stomach. You may belch and probably feelbloated. This is the beginning of acid reflux, and can causeacid and stomach content to wash back into the oesophaguscreating a burning sensation. This is often an indicator thatsomething is wrong in your digestive system. When we eat ordrink, the digestive process begins in the mouth with enzymes insaliva beginning the task by starting to break down the food topromote easy digestion. The food continues down the esophagus,passing through a valve prior to entering the stomach where itcomes in contact with stomach (hydrochloric) acid to furtherbreak down the food. If the valve relaxes , or if an excess ofacid is produced, acid may be forced back into the oesophaguscausing the reflux or heartburn.

(Incidently, I recall cleaning cement from bricks with acommercial hydrochloric acid preparation which indicates thestrength of this acid.!)

Occasional reflux is normal, but when it occurs regularly anddisrupts daily life it is described as a disease - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD and can contribute to cancerwhere

the stomach and esophagus meet.

If you are suffering from heartburn the first thing you shoulddo is take a good look at what you are eating. Over consumptionof fatty foods and refined carbohydrates including biscuits,cakes and white bread can affect digestion and and cause refluxsymptoms. Other irritants include salt, spices, sugar, curries,coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol. Before you take drastic actionto treat heartburn lets look at suitable supplements to aiddigestion.

As well as supplements that contain digestive enzymes andhydrochloric acid, there are a number of specific formulas torelieve indiestion. These contain ingredients such as activeherbs including Globe Artichoke Leaf, Gentian Root, Fennel Seedand Ginger. These natural herbs have been used for years intreating stomach complaints. Swedish Bitters is another possibletreatment well recommended. Probiotics like LactobacillusAcidophilus and Bifidacterium lactis are beneficial fordigestion by maintaining the friendly bacteria in thegastrointestinal tract.

If you feel that you are not over indulging in any of thesefoods, and reflux symptoms persist, see your doctor, asuntreated gastric reflux can damage the esophagus and even leadto cancer. Doctors can now conduct an impedance pH test whichdetermines whether your reflux is acid or not.

About the author:Author Antony Wilton is an Australian who has been investigatingAcid Reflux treatment for a number of years. His highlyanticipated reports are regularly updated on his site


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