How To Stop Acid Reflux | How To Treat Acid Reflux (2018)

1 in 10 people get acid reflux almost every day and if that includes you

I'm gonna give you some great tips that should really help, now let's begin

okay so first let me explain to you acid reflux and heartburn but bear with me

a a couple of seconds because I've thought of a really creative way to explain it to you

so here's my masterpiece obviously it's not to scale but you have

to use your imagination a bit the glass part is your oesophagus the green balloon

is your stomach and the black tape is your lowest sphincter now the lower

sphincter is a muscular valve which lets food in one way so food and liquid come

down into your stomach one way through this now here's the fun bit the lower

sphincter closes and prevents food from the stomach and stomach acid from refluxing

back into the oesophagus but if it opens too far or doesn't close tight

enough then this stomach acid can reflux back up like so, so this is what leads

to acid reflux or Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease otherwise known as GORD

for short which is the more chronic severe version of acid reflux and they

both cause that burning sensation in the chest

which everyone calls heartburn so heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux

and GORD and I hope that helps clear things up and one last thing the other

symptoms of acid reflux include an acid taste in your mouth

wind, belching, bloating and possibly a dry persistent cough now let's move on

to tips so remember the oesophageal sphincter well there are ways to make

this stronger and prevent acid reflux smoking, drinking alcohol and being

overweight all factors that can reduce the sphincter strength so if any of

these apply to you then consider stopping smoking, reducing or stopping

your alcohol intake entirely and getting to a healthy weight these can help

strengthen the oesophageal sphincter and make it close tighter to prevent the

acid reflux and it's symptoms

some medication may also make your symptoms

worse by either irritating the oesophagus or relaxing the lower oesophageal

sphincter now the most common culprits are anti-inflammatory painkillers

like ibuprofen and aspirin and also other medication like diazepam, theophylline

and calcium channel blockers like nifedipine and by the way that

wasn't a complete list because we'll be here forever

instead if you feel like a medication is causing you symptoms or increasing your

symptoms then speak to your pharmacist they'll check for you and advise you

appropriately so let's say your acid reflux symptoms are worse at night when

you're lying down in your bed and that makes sense because the acid is no

longer fighting gravity to make its way up your oesophagus

you're not lying down and it can easily make its way up so the solution to this

is to elevate the entire upper part of the body so that doesn't mean get a big

pillow and put it behind your head because that's just gonna elevate your

head and make no difference so what you want to do is raise one end of the bed

by about 10 to 20 centimeters so either put something under the top two legs of

your bed or under the mattress or even use a wedge, so the chest and the head

are above the waist and the acid isn't gonna travel up like I showed you before

in addition to this going to bed with an empty and dry stomach can also really

help so in the last three hours of going to bed make sure you don't eat

anything and in the last two hours of going to bed make sure you don't drink

anything with foods and drinks the best advice is to eat smaller more frequent

meals peppermint, tomato, chocolate and caffeine are all suspected of making

acid reflux worse now for more information on this i've left a really

useful link in the description below to an acid reflux diet sheet so feel free

to check out also if you like to wear tight clothes around the waist or a belt

it's gonna push up that acid and cause the acid reflux symptoms and nobody

wants that so instead try wear something loose for

treatment of acid reflux I'd always recommend patients to speak to their

pharmacist first they can then ask you specific questions to determine whether

they can give you treatment over-the-counter or to refer you on to

your GP and in terms of treatments there's loads of options that pharmacist

can recommend from antacids, alginates and acid suppression tablets but this

will be determined on an individual patient basis

lastly acid reflux isn't usually serious unless you have red flags and that means

you need to see a GP urgently for treatment and investigation now there's

quite a lot of red flags so I've left them in the description below and I

would strongly advise everyone to read them and that's it you're now an acid

reflux Pro I hope you find my tips useful and if you know anyone who'd

benefit from my video please help spread the knowledge hey guys thanks for

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