While I try hard not to make aging all about bellyaching and negativity, there are some things that pop up that just weren't a problem in my younger years. A few years back, as an early "Welcome to the 40 Club", I was diagnosed with Silent Reflux. I had been suffering with a variety of symptoms including hoarseness, tightness in my chest and constant throat irritation. It was the tightness in my chest that got me most concerned and I booked my appointment with a gastroenterologist. Treatment for silent reflux includes daily medication but that regime isn't recommended long term. So, what's a girl to do?
I am choosing to combat my Silent Reflux naturally. As with so many ailments, eating a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet is a good first step.
Here are the TOP FIVE foods to avoid if you're experiencing symptoms of acid reflux or have been diagnosed with silent reflux or have a esophageal hernia:
1. Fried foods-Now might be a good time to check out an air-fryer and say goodbye to fried foods.
2. Caffeine-Limiting caffeine can dramatically reduce symptoms-cut down and try less irritating tea (over coffee) instead
3. Mint-bye-bye gum, breath mints & mojitos.
4. Chocolate-I KNOW! But avoiding this indulgent treat is a must.
5. Alcohol: Keep drinking alcohol to a minimum and you'll feel the difference.
I don't always restrict myself and there are several other "triggers" that can make the reflux flare up. My nutritionist helped me create this concoction that I drink daily (sometimes morning and night!).
Natural Reflux Remedy:
- 2 tablespoons Raw Apple Cider Vinegar 1 tablespoon Manuka honey (be sure the quality rating is higher than 10) 1 teaspoon black strap molasses Generous sprinkle of cinnamon 8 oz. purified water (we love alkaline Mountain Valley Spring Water)
Here are some behaviors that help keep my symptoms in check:
1. Stay upright at least 2 hours after eating
2. Practice good posture and sleep with your head propped up (using a head and neck pillow can help)
3. Avoid eating within 3-4 hours of bedtime
4. Eat small meals
5. Keep stress in check -try yoga, meditation, or exercise
Many of you may be suffering from silent reflux and may not even know it (an alarming 1 in 5 are afflicted!) so if you are experiencing discomfort reach out to your practitioner. Feel well, mamas (and take care of you, so you may take care of your brood!)
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