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Natural Ways to Treat Acid Reflux

Natural Ways to Treat Acid Reflux

If you frequently experience acid reflux, an otherwise enjoyable meal can quickly go sour once you begin to experience burning sensations and pressure in your chest.

Acid reflux is what occurs when a weakened sphincter in your esophagus doesn’t close all the way and acidic stomach contents back up through it. However, just because you’re prone to acid reflux doesn’t mean you have to suffer every time you sit down to eat. Many natural lifestyle adjustments will help you digest in peace.

Eliminate Risky Foods

Some foods can increase your risk of experiencing acid reflux. These foods typically trigger heartburn either by increasing your stomach’s production of acid or by irritating your esophagus which could possibly result in what’s largely known as Esophagitis.

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Foods that commonly exacerbate acid reflux are fried foods, fatty foods, mint, chocolate, onion, garlic, spicy foods, and tomato sauce. Beverages can also make your acid reflux worse. Common beverage culprits are those that contain alcohol, caffeine, citrus, carbonation, and tomato juice. You may find through the process of elimination that some or all of these trigger foods make your acid reflux worse.

You may also discover other foods to be behind this condition. Your best bet is to eliminate them from your diet, or at least cut back on them significantly. Instead, emphasize non-fried sources of protein such as certified organic fish, lean poultry and alkaline foods such as bananas, broccoli, and melon. Non-mint herbal teas, skim milk and alkaline water known for its many scientifically proven health benefits should be your go-to beverages.

Befriend Fiber

Eat more organically grown high-fiber foods to help improve your digestion and lower your chances of getting heartburn with meals. For example, soluble fiber- found in foods such as oats, barley, and beans – is thought to help lower the amount of acid your stomach produces.

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Insoluble fiber – found in foods such as wheat bran, nuts, and many vegetables – helps food move through your intestines at a more expedient pace. Many foods that are high in fiber also happen to be low in fat. Fatty foods exacerbate acid reflux directly, but they also happen to be high in calories and contribute to weight gain. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of acid reflux because the extra weight places pressure on your stomach and causes its acidic contents to back up.

Embrace Soothing Ingredients

Some foods are known to help soothe your stomach and promote healthy digestion. Ginger is one of them, as it has anti-inflammatory properties and helps foods pass out of the stomach at a smooth pace. Pell, slice, or shave ginger root and add it to your meals or smoothies. Other known stomach-soothing ingredients are parsely, aloe vera, and fennel.

Adopt Other Helpful Habits

Reducing acid reflux isn’t just about changing what you eat. Reducing acid reflux means adapting how you eat and making consciously other lifestyle adjustments. For example, you may need to get more exercise to lose some weight. If your wardrobe mostly consists of tight and restrictive clothing, consider investing in looser garments that won’t compress your abdomen.

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You should also carefully plan out your meals. Eating small and frequent meals and avoiding lying down for a few hours after you eat can help reduce acid reflux. Once you’re ready to lie down for the night, it helps to sleep on a bed that has blocks raising the head about 7 inches.

Also, if you smoke, now is the time to quit. Smoking makes acid reflux worse by slowing down digestion, by leading your stomach to produce more acid, by making your stomach acid more damaging, and by relaxing your lower esophageal sphincter.

Try Complementary and Alternative Treatments

Sometimes anxiety and stress make acid reflux worse. Complementary and alternative remedies may help reduce acid reflux that’s been exacerbated by emotional distress.

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Hypnosis, yoga, massage therapy, guided imagery, and aromatherapy are a few possible solutions to chronic stress and anxiety. Keep in mind, however, that serious distress caused by anxiety and depression may require further medical intervention.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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