Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux

It is important to note that acid reflux is a complicated issue and the result of many internal factors. Most acid reflux remedies are not effective cures in themselves. Even though a acid reflux home remedy, when properly selected and applied, can reduce most of the symptoms of acid reflux, by choosing the right treatment and taking the correct doses, almost miraculous results have been proven for most acid reflux sufferers.

Let’s briefly examine the immediate biological reasons behind acid reflux as a medical condition, before discussing the acid reflux home remedies that can be applied and how to choose them.

Normally, the gastric system is controlled by a circle of muscle situated at the end of the esophagus. This muscle is the lower esophageal sphincter or LES. Food or drink travels down the esophagus to trigger opening of the LES, which then lets the food and drink into the stomach. Acid reflux as a disease happens when stomach acid splashes back up into the lower end of the esophagus, resulting in a disagreeable burning sensation.

Sadly, most conventional treatments whether medicinal or surgical, target only the immediate cause acting locally to trigger acid reflux. Physiological degradation of the LES caused by a combination of influences such as inherited traits (which have to be accepted) and several aspects of lifestyle and diet make up the “internal environment” bringing on acid reflux.

The holistic program also offers a full methodology for tackling the root causes of acid reflux, which can be very simple to use. The majority of these holistic treatments are easily acquired at your local food store for application in the privacy of your home. As a bonus, holistic treatment brings acid reflux sufferers a wide choice of natural cures that have been demonstrated to provide almost immediate relief.

Another treatment would be simple alterations to your diet. A large quantity of food is harder to digest and needs much more time. By eating small and frequent meals, your digestive system gets a holiday from heavy food intake. Eating smaller meals is strongly recommended for acid reflux sufferers by both doctors and alternative therapists. As another example, you can find relief for acid reflux symptoms by taking organic apple cider vinegar. And on the same theme, certain foods and drinks have been associated with increased risk of acid reflux and should not be taken. The list includes alcohol, coffee, citrus fruits, soda, chocolate, as well as foods that are high in fat and dairy products.

Enhancing sleep, including changes to your sleeping position, has been demonstrated to effectively alleviate acid reflux symptoms. Quitting smoking may be bring considerable benefit, as the substances in cigarette smoke may act to relax the LES that then opens to cause reflux of stomach acid. Lifestyle changes is yet another category of answers to acid reflux.

When you use these possibilities together with a holistic program to resolve the basic causes of acid reflux, you will have the possibility to relieve acid reflux symptoms and permanently stop them coming back. The herbal supplements in such programs may bring distinct advantages in the short term. Different herbal supplements are available to patients who want an immediate solution to relieve acid reflux symptoms via home remedies.

Jeff Martin is an author of the best-selling e-book, “Heartburn No More- Open The Door To an Acid Reflux Free Life”. To Learn More About His Unique 5-Step Holistic Acid Reflux Cure System Visit: Heartburn No More. For further information visit: Acid Reflux Home Remedy
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Conjugated Linoleic Acid

Conjugated Linoleic Acid

Many people today considered buying expensive conjugated linoleic acid or CLA for some of its benefits.
The conjugated linoleic acid is basically a slightly distorted structure of linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid that is essential for the human health.

Conjugated linoleic acid or the omega-6 fatty acids in general are particularly derived from the foods that we eat, more specifically from dairy products and meats. Today, the conjugated linoleic acid, due to some of the findings about its heath benefits, is offered in many health food outlets in a form of concentrated dietary supplement.

There are so many claims about the functions and uses of the conjugated linoleic acid. And one of the scientific interests in conjugated linoleic acid was first stimulated in the year 1988 when of the researchers in the University of Wisconsin found out that conjugated linoleic acid has cancer-fighting capabilities in the study conducted on rats fed with fried hamburger.

With the introduction of the conjugated linoleic acid in a supplement form, other extravagant speculations flourish stating that these compounds will help to build muscle, burn fat, and fight cancer. In fact, one of the clinical trials that have been conducted reported that rats and mice fed with conjugated linoleic acid supplement diets greatly experienced a somewhat reduction in the appetite and in the accumulated body fat. And interestingly, some were even observed a certain reduction in the onset of tumors.

As a support to the claim that the conjugated linoleic acid will decrease body fat in people who are overweight, it is considered in one of the double-blind and randomized placebo-controlled studies that an average reduction of about six pounds of body fat was observed in a “group” that accumulate conjugated linoleic acid supplement, compared to a placebo group. From such study, some of the experts found out that about 3.4 grams of the supplement every day is particularly the level that the body needs to take the valuable effects of the conjugated linoleic acid on body fat.

Aside from such claim, there are other studies in the past several years which found out that some of the other advantages of the compounds include the claims that it enhances the metabolic rate, reduces abdominal fat, improves the growth of muscles, lowers the cholesterol and triglycerides, lowers insulin resistance, decreases food-induced allergic reactions, and it elevates the immune system.

But even though there are some promising studies conducted for the past several years, there is really no exact findings that will show the real benefits of the conjugated linoleic acid to humans since the studies conducted have primarily been in small animals. Thus, it is still unclear whether humans will experience the same benefits.

However, it is still interesting to know that the conjugated linoleic acid, whether it is effective or not, cannot primarily be produced by the human body, rather this compound can be taken through foods like the whole milk, butter, lamb, and beef. So far, there is still too little studies that are made available to identify the danger for nutrient interactions with the supplements and if ever you are taking conjugated linoleic acid, it is then best to consult an expert.

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What Triggers Heartburn or Acid Reflux?

What Triggers Heartburn or Acid Reflux?

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Acid Reflux – also known as Heartburn – is caused when acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus, causing an uncomfortable burning sensation.

Almost everyone experiences heartburn at some point in their life. However if these symptoms occur more than two days a week for several months, a person may have Acid Reflux Disease, otherwise known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

Acid reflux occurs when the valve separating the esophagus and stomach (known as the lower esophageal sphincter) does not close properly, allowing acid to travel up into the esophagus. This often occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes more often than it should, and at inappropriate times.

Acid reflux can be triggered off by a number of things:

Eating the wrong food – including acidic, spicy, or fatty food, or even over-eating before bedtime.

A medical condition – can also trigger heartburn, including Hiatus Hernia, or pregnancy for example.

Lifestyle habits – are also to blame, like undue stress, smoking, or consuming excess caffienated beverages.

Exercises – Lying down or bending over on a full stomach can also trigger heartburn, as can being overweight, along with any exercises that cause increased pressure on the abdomen, and wearing tight clothes.

Unless treated, Acid reflux disease may lead to more serious medical conditions. Acid reflux can eventually erode the lining of the esophagus – a condition known as Erosive Esophagitis.

Gastroesophageal Reflux can even occur in infants – a common symptom being spitting up. More than half of all babies experience reflux during their first few months of life. A small number of infants can suffer severe symptoms due to Gastroesophageal Reflux.

Fortunately Acid reflux is curable and a doctor can prescribe appropriate treatments, some of which can heal areas of the esophagus that have been eroded by acid reflux.

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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad Breath (Halitosis).

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Bad breath(Halitosis)is widespread and quite common. You have probably discretely stepped away from friends or colleagues with bad breath. But it can also be a shock to realize that others, for the same reason, may be edging (discretely) away from you!

How can you know if your breath is offensive?

Try this simple bad breath(Halitosis)test:
Lick the inside of your wrist and wait 4 seconds. Now smell your wrist. If you don’t like what smell, your breath does not smell good either. Easy, no? An accurate and portable diagnosis!

What causes bad breath?

· Not enough water in your body, dehydration.
· Gum or tooth problems/ disease
· Intestinal/ stomach disorders, yeast infection
· Use of medications
· Stress

Remedies for Bad Breath (Halitosis)

1. Water – yes, water! Many people suffer from chronic dehydration because they don’t drink drink the 8-12 glasses of water a day that the body needs. This common form of dehydration causes much common bad breath. You can improve your breath – and give a big lift to your health – simply by drinking enough water.

2. Recently eaten food that hasn’t been brushed out can quickly smell bad. The “cure” then is to simply brush or floss. For gum disease and decay you must visit your dentist. And for improved oral hygiene, put a few drops of Oil of Oregano on your toothbrush or to swish it in your mouth as a mouthwash. Did you know that Oil of Oregano is antibacterial/ anti viral/ anti fungus and anti parasite? It seeks out these health impediments everywhere in the body. At the first signs of infection, Oil of Oregano is your great first line of defense.

3. For disturbed digestion you should see your doctor. But for mild problems such as GERD and acid reflux, take probiotics in the form acidophilus or kefir. For worse stomach problems try ¼ cup of Aloe vera before breakfast. Do this for at least 3 weeks. For my friend Peter this completely healed his stomach ulcer! Most GERD are related to the H pylori, which is a bacteria found in meats that haven’t been thoroughly cooked. If you like your meat rare, take Oil of Oregano on a regular basis as a preventive measure.

3. When you are under too much stress your digestive system doesn’t circulate enough oxygen (the energy goes into a fight or flight mode). This makes your digestive tract a breeding ground for the wrong bacteria – and for bad breath as well. Be sure to introduce deep, relaxed breathing throughout your busy day.

4. Eat raw parsley, chew on anise seed or cardamom, nutmeg or fennel – they’re natural breath fresheners that don’t just mask odors, but actually freshen the breath.

5. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit and whole grains; avoid white flour products like white bread and pastas, as well as sugared juices and sodas.

5. You may have an undetected yeast infection. Find out for yourself by performing a simple self-test for yeast/candida overgrowth.

6. Chew your food well and do not drink fluids with your food. Take no food two hours before bedtime and try to not take food for 12 hours after dinner.

7. Eliminate as often as you can. Try to have three bowel movements a day. If you need some help, try 4 ounces of prune juice with 4 ounces of magnesium citrate. (My R.N. friend Marie calls this “The Bomb”.) For more help try 2000 mg. of vitamin C with electrolytes every hour. Do this for 4 hours or more, until you start to have loose stools. (This also works well for headaches and boosts your immune system.

8. Drink at least 2 cups of kefir a day. This helps your intestinal flora regain its natural balance of bacteria.

Remember – fresh, clean breath is a reflection of good health, and health is an ongoing process. Stick with it! Follow my suggestions, and keep a log of what you do and the effects you see. This simple tracking process can help you pinpoint what is truly effective. You will be inspired by your own success!

Warmly, Pieternel van Giersbergen.

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Hidden Poison

Hidden Poison

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Did you know that there might be poison in many of your favorite foods found on grocery store shelves everywhere? Breads, crackers, cookies, energy bars, tortillas, frozen pizza are just a few examples of these dangerous foods. The poison in these items is called partially hydrogenated fat, often referred to as trans-fatty acids.
A trans-fatty acid is usually made from a vegetable oil- corn, cottonseed, or soybean, for example- that has been treated by a process called hydrogenation to make it a solid at room temperature. Originally, when margarine first appeared in supermarkets, consumers were led to believe they could lower their risk of heart disease and cancer by replacing butter with this product. What became evident later is that the chemical process that made vegetable oil “look” like a saturated fat by solidifying caused it to act like one as well, making high levels of either fat a health risk.
Some of the harmful effects of trans-fatty acids include:
§ Cause you to store fat and burn sugar
§ Increase levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol
§ Decrease levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) or “good” cholesterol
§ Increase your perception of pain
Thankfully, trans fats are starting to appear on nutrition information on some food products.
This trend will continue to rise as the law goes into affect next year forcing brands to disclose the amount of trans fat per serving.
Still, I’m betting you will see foods advertised as “low in trans fat.” Don’t fall for it.
Small amounts of trans fats are more harmful than larger amounts of saturated fats. A small increase in saturated fats results in a 17 percent increase in coronary artery disease. A similar increase in trans fats leads to a 93 percent increase!
As a general rule, avoid all foods containing trans-fatty oils. Most of these include foods that have to sit on a shelf, such as baked goods, snack chips, some national brands of peanut butter, candy bars, cookies, etc. Even some supposedly healthy diet products that are marketed as a food to help you lose weight contain this poison!