Acid Reflux, a disease that plagues thousands of individuals, creates a burning feeling like heartburn in the lower chest area.
Acid reflux occurs when acid from the stomach goes back up into the esophagus. The symptoms of acid reflux can be painful and nearly debilitating, and have even been described to decrease the quality of life.
While the disease affects thousands of people, there are common risk factors including obesity, smoking, low levels of physical activity, and some medications. However, by maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle, consumers can reduce their risk and potentially reduce the symptoms of acid reflux.
Santevia has made a list of healthy lifestyle tips for those who wish to reduce symptoms and risk of acid reflux:
- Eat healthier foods
By choosing healthier foods at the grocery store, you can help you and your family reduce their risk of developing acid reflux symptoms. An apple a day might not keep the doctor away, but choosing healthy fruits and vegetables can definitely help keep gastrointestinal problems at bay.
Another tip: try eating fermented foods to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux. The fermentation process raises the pH of the food and may serve to reduce symptoms. Popular fermented foods include kombucha drinks and kimchi.
While some believe that intense exercise may exacerbate the symptoms of acid reflux, it is important to remember that physical activity is a crucial component in any healthy lifestyle. If running or biking takes too much of a toll on your body, start by taking short walks or a leisurely swim. Eventually, you can work your way up to more aerobic exercises.
- Wear looser clothes
Clothes that fit tightly around your waste may act to push acid back up into the esophagus, resulting in acid reflux symptoms. Opt for looser clothes or maybe loosen your belt a notch - especially if you’re sitting all day.
- Stop smoking
Nicotine relaxes your body, including the valve that stops acid from returning to your esophagus. Additionally, smoking is a known risk factor in many other illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. By quitting smoking, you can improve your overall health.
- Reduce alcohol
Alcohol acts as an acid reflux trigger for many people. Like cigarettes, alcohol relaxes the body and may reduce the functioning of your esophageal valve.
- Consume alkaline water
The standard american diet (SAD) is ripe with acid-forming foods that may contribute to acid reflux symptoms. By consuming a variety of healthy, alkaline-forming foods and drinking plenty of alkaline water, you can help curb symptoms of acid reflux.
Whether you need a pitcher for yourself or a larger system for your entire family -- Santevia will be able to provide you with clean, mineralized alkaline water. The MINA Pitcher is perfect for a smaller household, alkalizes the water in minutes, and can fit in the door of your fridge. The Premium Alkaline Water Filtration System, however, is perfect for large families, intense filtration, and can stand alone on your counter or on top of a water dispenser.
Santevia is dedicated to helping you and your family live healthier and more alkaline lives. The Premium Alkaline Water Filtration System and MINA Pitcher provide simple ways to clean, mineralize, and alkalize water for your daily life.