Acid Reflux Symptoms in Women

Acid Reflux Symptoms in Women

Acid reflux is a particularly nasty condition in which stomach acid gets pushed up into the throat and the lungs. This happens for a variety of reasons and it appears to be more common in women than men. Yet just like it sounds, acid reflux is not a very comfortable condition.

One big problem is that many people that have it do not realize it. They dismiss the symptoms as stomach problems. To make matters worse, many of them reach for a bottle of pills or some other remedy. These remedies don’t work and they often make the situation much, much worse.

antacids, pepto bismol, alka-seltzer acid reflux

The problem is that acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be a serious problem. It can seriously damage the esophagus (throat) and even cause cancer. Therefore, you need to learn how to identify and treat the symptoms of GERD before they get out of hand.

One problem is that many women don’t realize that they have this problem until it’s far too late. Others treat it the wrong way with the problems shown above. Those make money for big drug companies and drugstore chains; they don’t necessarily do anything for acid reflux.

 

Symptoms of Acid Reflux

The symptoms of acid reflux are fairly easy to spot in both men and women. Once you spot them, you can do something about it. Here are the symptoms:

  • Heartburn – a burning pain in your upper chest. It can be a real discomfort. If the pain starts moving up or down your throat, chances are it is acid reflux.
  • Having a really sour taste in your mouth, especially when you haven’t eaten or eaten anything sour. You’re actually tasting stomach acid, yum.
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained blood in your mouth
  • Vomiting blood
  • A feeling that food is stuck in your mouth or you’re choking when you are not

ACID REFLUX SYMPTOMS WOMEN

  • Chronic soar throat
  • Wheezing dry cough
  • Bloody or black feces
  • Hiccups that won’t stop
  • Hoarse voice or laryngitis
  • Frequent throat infections
  • Burping
  • Bloating
  • Sudden or mysterious weight loss
  • Insomnia

Any of these symptoms could be a sign of acid reflux disease. Something to remember is that more than one of these symptoms is a good indication of GERD.

Something else to remember is that over-the-counter stomach remedies will not help. They can actually make things worse. If you want to correct this problem, you will need to change your diet.

 

So What Causes GERD Anyway?

Acid reflux occurs because the lower esophageal sphincter, a valve that separates your stomach and your esophagus, does not close tightly. This allows acid to get out and into the throat. There are several causes to this problem, some of which can be related to your diet.

GERD Acid Reflux Women

Some of them are caused by the way we live. Part of the reason why many women suffer from GERD is that they are eating a diet the human body wasn’t supposed to. The human digestive system was not designed to consume large amounts of starches, sugars and processed foods. Nor was it supposed to consume large amounts of coffee, alcohol or soda pop.

Some of the major causes of acid reflux are:

  • Eating too much. Eating really big meals or heavy meals full of meat and baked goods is a surefire way to cause acid reflux. Notice how a lot of junk food addicts always carry a package of Alka Seltzer or a bottle of Peptol Bismal around with them? Changing to smaller meals and a diet of lighter foods can help.
  • Eating junk food, especially fast food and candy, will cause acid reflux. Fatty foods are a major cause of acid reflux disease.
  • Smoking and cigarette smoke will cause the problem.
  • Drinking soda pop, coffee and alcohol can also cause this. In many cases, eliminate these things from your diet.
  • Being pregnant.
  • Some pain relievers can cause it because they are muscle relaxants. These drugs relax the lower esophageal sphincter and cause it to open up. Pain relievers to avoid are aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil). Some high blood medication works in the same way.
  •  Eating a lot of meat and other fatty foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Onions
  • Other stomach problems including parasites in the stomach.
  • Rotten food trapped in the digestive system especially the colon.
  • Being overweight or obese

It can also be caused by a medical problem called a hiatal hernia. In most cases, a hiatal hernia will not cause problems, but it can cause acid reflux. Acid reflux can make hiatal hernias worse.

If GERD does not get any better after changing your diet, you should consult a doctor. If you have a bad hiatal hernia, you may need surgery to correct it. One problem is that a hiatal hernia could be made worse by a poor diet and acid reflux.

Something else that can cause acid reflux is stress. People who get a lot of stress, particularly those who eat a poor diet and don’t exercise, are more likely to get acid reflux.

 

What can you do to prevent Acid Reflux symptoms

The best way to prevent problems like acid reflux is to switch to a plant-based raw food diet. This is the kind of diet that the human digestive system is designed to consume. Part of the reason why we suffer from problems is that the diet we are eating is not the one we’re supposed to eat.

Our ancestors did not eat fat all the time. Nor did they eat meat all the time. Roman soldiers actually lived off of grain and olive oil. The modern diet of sugar, fat, meat and processed starch is not natural or healthy.

One reason why the modern diet causes acid reflex is obvious. The modern diet is chock-full of acid and foods that build acid. Another reason is that the food we eat is so heavy it forces the body to make more acid just to digest it. If the stomach fills up with acid and food, it may not be able to contain it and the acid will just spill out.

Another is that any sudden movement or change in position will cause this. Say falling down or tripping will cause the acid to move. If you stay in the wrong position for any length of time, the acid will bubble up and do some damage.

One way to prevent the reflux is to make sure you stay on your feet for at least half an hour after eating. That way, you’ll be sure to digest the food. If you start exercising or sit down right after eating you could cause the acid to shift to the wrong position and stay there.

 

Some basic steps you can take right now to prevent acid reflux include:

  • Stop eating meat and fats completely. You can get enough protein from legumes, mushrooms, nuts, etc.
  • Stop drinking alcohol.
  • Stop drinking soda pop and coffee.
  • Stop consuming sweets.
  • Stop drinking any sort of dairy products.
  • Stop eating baked goods.
  • Stop eating processed foods.
  • Eat a few small meals a day instead of one big one.
  • Get eight hours of optimal sleep every night.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
  • Don’t eat right before bed time. Eating and lying down can be the problem. Try taking a walk after every meal.
  • Mom was right! Certain exercises like swimming or push-ups after eating are a bad idea. Any exercise that involves lying down can cause acid reflux if you do it while you’re trying to digest food. Stay on your feet for at least 30 minutes after eating.
  • Watch the vegetables that you eat. Some of them can cause acid reflux. Onions and tomatoes in particular can make it worse.
  • Avoid any sort of processed or powdered juice drink; they’re loaded with acid that can make the problem worse. Switch to fresh squeezed juice.
  • Avoid Gatorade and other workout drinks; they’re loaded with acid.
  • Stop drinking energy drinks they are loaded with spices and caffeine that make the problem worse.

 

Purge Yourself

Another step to take is to cleanse your body of the bad stuff including the acid. This can be done through a good cleansing diet like Yuri Elkaim’s Total Wellness Cleanse. If you feel the symptoms of reflux coming on, do the cleanse.

Most experts recommend that you perform a cleanse about twice a year. You may have to repeat it several times in order to get rid of a condition like acid reflux. Such a purge can help.

 

Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux Disease

There are natural ways that you can restore the natural acid level in your stomach. These involve some old folk cures and simple common sense. The first and most important is to drink a lot of fruit juices.

Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux Disease

The best is not really a juice, but apple cider vinegar. This drink actually restores the natural acid balance in the body and it can help you lose weight. Drinking a glass of it a day can help cleanse the digestive system and restore it. Make sure you get organic ACV and consider making your own at home. It’s not as hard as you might think.

Apple cider vinegar actually speeds up the digestion of protein. It can also settle the stomach and lower the level of acidity. It’s also a traditional cure for sore throats which are often caused by GERD.

Another good remedy is lemon or lime juice. Drink about half a cup of fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice a day. If you cannot stand the flavor of it, mix in a little maple syrup or cinnamon as a sweetener. You can also create a lemon juice and apple cider beverage to drink every day.

Here’s how to make a really good ACV drink that can help with acid reflux. It can also take the place of soda pop and Gatorade.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar Thirst Quencher

Add ¼ cup of ACV to a quart of cold water and add ice cubes. If you don’t want to use ice, just store it in the refrigerator. A thermos filled with this would be perfect for you to take along when you are outside.

If it’s cold outside, try a hot ACV drink

 

Hot ACV Drink

You can also make a hot ACV drink as an alternative to coffee and tea. This drink is a really good tonic for sore throats and minor ailments like cold or flu. Simply add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a mug filled with hot water. Unlike coffee, this will energize you without the caffeine. Add cayenne pepper for extra flavor and energy. You can also flavor this drink with honey or maple syrup.

Both of these are really great ways to increase your acidity and settle your stomach without spending a lot of time at the drugstore. They’re simple and natural. And best of all, a quart of ACV costs less than $5.

When acid reflex first comes on, you can try making your apple cider vinegar detox drink. Simply drink it every day for a few days and the reflux should go away.

 

Apple Cider Detoxification

To make the ACV detoxification drink, simply put two tablespoons of vinegar in a 1 liter water bottle and fill it with filtered water. If you want more, use a 2 liter water bottle and you can cool it off by keeping it in the fridge. Drink this formula throughout the day and it should detox your kidneys and digestive system. This detox can be a great way to combat fatigue and minor ailments like the flu. Tip: you can save money by buying a water filter and using tap water

 

Aloe Vera

Another natural cure that you can try is aloe vera. You’ve probably used this wonder plant to treat cuts or burns on your hands for years. Well, it can heal your insides too. Aloe is a really good way to heal a throat or mouth that’s been badly burned by GERD.

Aloe Vera for Acid Reflux

Mix one to two ounces or tablespoons of aloe vera juice into a glass of drinking water and drink. You can get aloe vera juice by simply squeezing it out of one of the plants. Since aloe is cheap and it grows fast, it shouldn’t be hard to keep a good supply right in your home.

If you need some aloe ask friends, neighbors, relatives, coworkers, etc. Somebody’s sure to have an extra one growing in her home. Be careful though: you’re liable to get inundated with unwanted aloe plants. The things grow faster than most people can use them.

A big advantage to aloes is that all they need to grow is heat and sunlight. They can grow to a big size as long as they stay in the sun and you don’t need to water them that often.

 

Wheat Grass Water

There are some other natural treatments that seem to help acid reflux. A really good one is wheat grass water. Wheat grass is a plant that you can grow at home overnight. Then all you have to do is grind it up and add it to water.

wheatgrass grass shot for heartburn

Drinking a glass of this a day can help restore your natural acid level and help purge your body.

 

Diet is the Key

Something to remember is that the natural acid reflux cures will not work if you do not change your diet. If you don’t switch to a plant based diet, lose weight and change your eating habits, it’ll continue.

In fact, it could get a worse and you could increase your chances of developing throat cancer. It can also lead to serious throat infections, tonsillitis and a host of other problems that’ll require serious medical care. That means you need to change your whole lifestyle.

Acid reflux symptoms are a wake-up call from your body to you. Your body is telling you that you need to change and change right now. If you don’t, you’re setting yourself up for a life of ill health.

A good way to change everything is to check out Yuri Elkaim’s programs including Fitter U Fitness, Eating for Energy and Total Wellness Cleanse. They can help you create a better lifestyle without heartburn or acid reflux.

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