If you are annoyed by Acid Reflux or Heart Burn, try this quick tip!
Acid reflux is a burning sensation or discomfort that moves up from the stomach into the chest and is often referred to as heart burn. Some people with acid reflux also experience difficulty swallowing or a chronic cough.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) this condition may be diagnosed as Stomach Fire and requires therapies to cool the fire. Diet changes are important to get to the root-cause of the problem.
Some conventional medications are used to reduce stomach acid but be cautious! Such meds can lead to more health problems. The root-cause needs to be treated if you really want to get your digestive health back on track.
Improper use of proton-pump inhibitors like Nexium or Prevacid can limit your ability to digest calcium and lead to osteoporosis. Less calcium can cause weak bones and skeletal fractures – an increasing epidemic seen in the elderly population.
The FDA originally approved the use of proton-pump inhibitors for two-weeks only, followed by non-usage for the next six weeks. Unfortunately, a majority of patients using these drugs have been using them daily for years.
What’s important to understand is when you limit your stomach acid production, you limit your ability to digest your food. Digestion is a fundamental pillar of support to your health. Getting to the root-cause of digestive problems is vital to keeping you on a natural path to the best health possible.
Some causes of acid reflux and Stomach Fire are found in your food choices. Natural digestive aids like enzymes and probiotics are destroyed when foods are processed and refined. Also, foods containing chemicals – additives and preservatives, are basically toxins that can upset the natural function of the digestive system.
Eating whole, fresh foods like fruits and veggies will be more nutrient dense and more supportive to your digestive system.
In TCM dieting principles, fire needs to be cooled to restore balance or function. Eating more fresh veggies will help cool down the Stomach Fire experienced with acid reflux or heart burn.
Here’s a quick tip to try!
Under the intricate dieting principles of TCM, different foods are classified by their flavors, thermal nature and influences on specific body organs. Understanding these principles can help you develop a diet for your personal health needs, as well as attuning your health to the changes in the seasons and more.
Celery is classified as a bitter flavor having a cooling influence on the stomach.
If your acid reflux is mild then eating 1 or 2 stalks of celery can neutralize the acid and that nagging burning sensation. If not, perhaps your condition is more severe. A course of stronger therapy with acupuncture, herbal medicine and more extensive diet changes will be needed to restore your digestive health and get you back to feeling like your old self.
Why not take control of your health naturally!
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