Acid reflux is one of the common ailments that many people around the world suffer from. It occurs when the contents of our stomach move up into our esophagus. If the signs of acid reflux persist more than twice a week, it means you may have a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is very important to treat it, since it can cause other health complications. Heartburn, sour or bitter taste, difficulty swallowing, respiratory problems, in the back of the mouth, bloating, dysphagia, belching, hiccups, nausea, weight loss, wheezing, dry cough and hoarseness are common signs.
We asked Munmun Ganeriwal, a nutritionist at Taapsee Pannu, who is a nutrition and lifestyle consultant, and founder Yuktahaar about acid reflux in detail and the simple lifestyle changes to treat it. She said: “The problem of acid reflux or heartburn is becoming more and more common. In my practice, I have noticed that most people do not consider it a serious problem and therefore without thinking a lot, they take an antacid and continue their day as always. Until they realize that taking pills doesn’t help in the long run and that acid reflux no matter how minor an ailment, it does affect overall quality of life. ”
“When I started working with Taapsee Pannu a few years ago on her diet, knowing how to deal with her heartburn was one of her priorities. And why not? For an actress who is busy working all day, traveling time zones increased, having to deal with the uncomfortable burning sensation caused by acid reflux from time to time would definitely make life quite difficult. ”
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as protein pump inhibitors (PPIs) that reduce acid production in the body are great for symptom management, but long-term use of acid suppressant medications can lead to nutrient deficiencies and increase the risk of “food sensitivities / intolerances, severe intestinal infections, mood imbalances such as depression, anxiety, etc.”
“Turning to an antacid or acid suppressant medication is like taking batteries out of a smoke detector and just wishing it was all right. It can help suppress symptoms, but the problem is far from being solved by following this path.” For digestive problems, we need to identify and work on the root cause factors if long-term relief is the goal. ”
“Just a few months after the gut balance protocol, Taapsee’s chronic heartburn issue resolved and, like any other concerned daughter, she also got her mother to sign up with me so we can work on her gut health as well. In fact, During our In a recent live conversation on Instagram, we briefly discussed the topic of acid reflux so that your fans and followers could benefit from it. Today, I share my list of the Top Five Do’s and Don’ts for Heartburn that Taapsee and his mother continue to follow until today.”
DO AND DON’T by nutritionist Munmun Ganeriwal:
DON’T: Do not skip meals or have long food gaps
DO: make sure you have planned your meals and eat every 2-3 hours
HERE’S WHY: Acid reflux is supposed to be caused by hyperactive or high levels of stomach acid, but paradoxically, most of the time, it’s because you don’t have enough stomach acid. When acid levels are low, food enters the stomach but does not completely break down. Decreased digestion causes food fermentation, gas production, and begins to push through the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), causing acid reflux. One of the best ways to ensure optimal stomach acid production is to eat every 2-3 hours because every time you don’t eat for long hours, the body produces less stomach acid that leads to heartburn symptoms and conditions like GERD.
DON’T: Do not eat until you are full
DO: Eat only until you feel light and comfortable. A good way to start is to eat five spoons less than you would.
HERE’S WHY: Large amounts of food dilate the stomach, causing the valve (LES valve) between the stomach and the food line to not close properly. This allows the acid in your stomach to travel upward. Remember the antacid son-in-law TV commercial overeating only to have nausea and heartburn later?
DON’T: Do not eat near bedtime
DO: Eat your last meal of the day 2-3 hours before bedtime
HERE’S WHY: Lying down shortly after eating triggers reflux of the stomach’s acidic content into the food pipe causing heartburn and heartburn.
DON’T: Do not deprive yourself of sleep
DO: make sure you get a good night’s sleep for 7-8 hours.
HERE’S WHY: Insomnia can cause the valve between the stomach and the feeding tube to work improperly, allowing acid in the stomach to travel upward.
DON’T: Don’t make friends with chronic stress
DO: Practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques every day.
HERE’S WHY: Chronic stress not only decreases stomach acid production, it also over-activates the sympathetic nervous system which can make digestion difficult and lead to acid reflux. Practicing deep breathing techniques will help you relax and cool off your over-activated nervous system.