by Rick Abruzzo
Perhaps this article is a bit backward in the fact that I’m going to talk about treatments that do not cure acid reflux. The reason for this is to clear up some common misconceptions about heartburn in general. The power of advertising is so strong that people will believe just about anything that’s on tv these days.
So I’d like to go through and explain the many different over-the-counter medications that claim to stop heartburn, and talk about what I mean when I say they do not cure acid reflux. For reference purposes, know that when I refer to ‘OTC’, I’m talking about over-the-counter medications.
In general, OTC’s provide relatively fast relief to the pain you feel by aiding digestion or decreasing the acidity in your system. The unfortunate thing about these is that they always seem to come with side effects. What is the point of trading one source of pain for another? How is that referred to as a remedy for acid reflux?
The point I am making is that OTC’s are not only the least effective cure for acid reflux, they are also big factors for creating other problems as well. For instance, antacids relieve your symptoms fast enough, however, they also stimulate the release of a hormone called gastrin that stimulates stomach acid. Talk about counterproductive.
Foaming agents are another way to help cover your stomach to prevent acid reflux. Unfortunately, if your esophagus is damaged, these agents are useless. And most people who suffer with severe heartburn do have damaged esophagus tubes.
Pepto Bismol temporarily soothes your symptoms of this painful condition. The most common side effect for this so-called remedy is ringing in the ears. Frankly, I’m not sure which I would rather have to deal with. But the point I am laboring to make is that what if we do not have to deal with either? What if there was actually a home remedy for acid reflux that could cure it and still not give you any side effects?
Dare to dream. I’m telling you that it is ok to allow your mind to explore the possibilities of a world of overall health and well being. It’s true. It exists. The key to an effective cure for acid reflux is to use the natural approach.
Our body’s are amazing. They are literally designed to heal themselves. We get in our own way when we solicit drugs to heal us. Drugs only push the problem deeper and smother the symptoms with new ones. Natural methods, however, can cure heartburn forever.
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