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Some causes of Acid Reflux:
1- Have your Physician check to see if you have a bacteria in your stomach called Helicobacter Pylori. If you do, this can be easily treated with an antibiotic.
2- Sometimes we are born with a loose or faulty esophageal sphincter muscle between the bottom of the esophagus and the top of the stomach.
3- The esophageal sphincter can be stretched or relaxed, making it inefficient.
4- Having excessive abdominal fat can push upward on the sphincter at the top of the stomach and allow the acid to reflux back up into the esophagus where it doesn’t belong.
5- Smoking stimulates acid release.
6- Eating fatty meals.
7- Eating big meals.
8- Excessive abdominal fat can push upward on the sphincter and the acid refluxes back upward.
9- Tight belts and clothing.
10- For some people, eating within 3 hours of lying down can push acid up.
11- Bending over or doing exercises that place the head in a downward position.
12- Aggravating, or trigger foods, cause the esophageal valve to stay open, or relax, allowing acid to reflux back up into the esophagus.
Common triggers of Acid Reflux:
(different for each person)
a. tomato sauce
b. fatty foods
f. peppermint (relaxes the valve)
g. soda, especially colas
h. coffee, tea
i. sausage, cold cuts, butter
j. many more
All of the above can boost acid levels or keep the valve open and push acid up into esophagus.
What you can do:
1- Avoid fatty foods
2- Avoid all of your trigger foods like pepperoni pizza
3- Lose weight
4- Eat smaller meals of vegetables, lean meat, fish, certain fruit
5- Avoid standing on your head or doing exercises where your head is down, especially shortly after eating
6- Avoid abdominal crunches if they cause burning
7- Sleep with upper body slightly elevated
8- Lie on your left side when sleeping
Medications to decrease acid:
1- Antacids, over the counter, will neutralize stomach acid instantly. If you have to take them all the time see your doctor.
2- H2 blockers over the counter, like Pepcid and Zantac, will reduce acid production.
3- Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec and Nexium are very efficient in cutting the acid for longer periods of time and can be taken ahead of time to shut down some of the acid pumps in the lining of your stomach.
4- See your doctor if you are using the bove medications frequently.
By Pat Reischour
An old SI name:
Frank Scarangello, 89
CEO of Scaran Heating and Air Conditioning
THS, Class of '42. Also founding member of South Shore Band.
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|27)Joyce Appelt (Simonson)||'60|
|27)Rosemarie Minarik (Karr)||'57|
|30)Patsy Garrigan (Morris)||'57|
|30)Alan "Al" Carey||'67|
|21)Linda E. VanDriessche||'92|
|25)Raymond S. Soper||'60|
A single guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet. So he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet. After some discussion, he finally bought a talking centipede, (100-legged bug), which came in a little white box to use for his house. He took the box back home, found a good spot for the box, and decided he would start off by taking his new pet to church with him. So he asked the centipede in the box, "Would you like to go to church with me today? We will have a good time." But there was no answer from his new pet. This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes and then asked again, "How about going to church with me and receive blessings?" But again, there was no answer from his new friend and pet. So he waited a few minutes more, thinking about the situation. The guy decided to invite the centipede one last time. This time he put his face up against the centipede's house and shouted, "Hey, in there! Would you like to go to church with me and learn about God?" ..... YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ...... This time, a little voice came out of the box,