Millions of people worldwide suffer an occasional bout of heartburn. Many of those suffer frequently, and try one product after another to gain heartburn relief. Products range from simple over-the-counter indigestion relievers to prescription drugs for heartburn relief. But is acid reflux relief possible without drugs of any kind?
It has been said that only about 1 out of 100 people who take drugs for heartburn alleviation really need them. Heartburn, like every other pain in your body, is a warning signal. It is telling you that something must be changed. If the warning light in your car tells you to check your engine, you do not ask a mechanic to disconnect the light so it will not bother you. That is asking for a bigger problem! You ask the mechanic to check the engine, and correct the root problem that causes the light to come on. Heartburn relief should not be a matter of turning off the “warning light” so you don’t see it. Heartburn relief should address the root cause of the warning light.
The lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a specialized ring of muscle located at the end of the esophagus, opens when you swallow to let food pass into the stomach. It then closes quickly to keep things in the stomach. When the LES doesn’t close quickly enough, or reopens at the wrong time, stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. The acid on the sensitive lining of the lower wind pipe causes a burning sensation. True heartburn alleviation must make the actual LES operate properly. It must keep the LES from relaxing inappropriately, or it must strengthen the L’ENSEMBLE DES. How can that be done? Acid reflux relief must obviously pay attention to the food that is moving from the esophagus into the stomach. We are all different. Our stomachs produce differing amounts of gastric juices, with differing degrees of acidity. The food you eat must be digestible by your individual system.
Returning to our vehicle illustration, what happens when you use improper fuel? It isn’t long until the engine lets you know! If the fuel contains water or sediment, or if the octane level is wrong, you will know. All you have to do is listen to your own engine. Heartburn symptoms relief requires listening to your body. The next time you have heartburn, think back to what “fuel” you just put into your body. What did you eat? Write it down and forget it for now for feeling heartburn no more. Do this each time you have acid reflux. After a month, look over the list. Does the same “fuel” always demand heartburn symptoms relief? Avoiding that fuel may be your current answer.