To get rid of bloating and gas, some natural remedies include fennel seeds (for digestion help), fermented foods, probiotics, unheated, organic apple cider vinegar, ginger tea, or chamomile. For those who don’t have a digestive problem with acid reflux due to a stomach flap that is open when lying down, peppermint or mint tea helps. But if you have a weak or open stomach flap (that connects your esophagus to your stomach), don’t drink mint tea. For more information on the effects mint, peppermint oil, or mint tea has on your stomach, see the site, Foods to Avoid & Eating Behaviors for Acid Reflux (Heartburn).
Check out the November 28, 2012 Natural News article, Beat the holiday bloat with these five essential natural remedies. Your stomach’s muscle flap (lower esophagus sphincter)is attached at the top of the stomach. After eating, food travels down the esophagus, the muscle flap opens, lets the food in the stomach, and then closes.
Drinking mint tea, particularly drinking peppermint or spearmint tea before bedtime or after dinner can keep the muscle open so that when you lie down on the bed, the acid reflux comes right back up and burns your esophagus. The purpose of your stomach muscle flap is to act as a closed door to keep the stomach acid from welling up into your esophagus and causing burns, lesions on your esophagus and pain. Certain food and eating behaviors cause the muscle to weaken and/or irritate the esophagus, which increases the stomach pressures and acid.
Acid Reflux (Heartburn) and GERD occurs when this muscle weakens or loosens. The stomach acid seeps back up into the esophagus, causing the burning pain, discomfort. To help such an issue, don’t eat lots of food before bedtime or after 5:00 p.m.
Don’t eat fatty cheeses or oils and fats after lunch time or when you’re going to be lying down for a nap or in the evening or you can be in store with a night filled with acid reflux where you’ll be sitting up all night. As people age, it becomes more difficult to digest fried foods, cheeses, and animal protein because of lack of stomach acids. Digestion becomes slower as you get older. That’s why some older people usually begin eating more raw foods such as chopped vegetables and fruits, usually at a time when their teeth weaken. That’s when a blender and/or food processor becomes handy.
How to help your digestion
Don’t eat melted cheese or foods fried in oils or fats after the noontime lunch hour. As people age, many of us make fewer digestive acids, and it may take a lot longer to digest foods. To help your digestion, eat smaller meals 5-6 times a day which helps to keep the stomach acid much more even during the day than 3 large meals daily.
If you slow down your eating time, it also helps as does sitting while eating and not reclining or lying in bed when eating. After you eat stand for a half hour or more. You might try a mild exercise such as Qi Gong or any slow movement standing or walking slowly such as strolling.
Chew at least 30 times before you swallow, if possible. Put your fork down between bites would help to slow down your rate of eating. You can stand a half hour to 45 minutes or do some slow movements or walking. Don’t eat any foods before bedtime. Drink water a few hours before bed time. Filling your stomach with water before bed time only makes the water slosh around in your stomach and rise up when you lie down because of a possible loose stomach flap.
Chewing gum (sugarless) may help neutralize the stomach acid from the production of saliva. Don’t chew on sugary substances that will lead to tooth decay from disturbing your calcium to phosphorous bloodstream ratio which makes for tooth decay from the inside out (tooth-neck disease). Also what helps during the day is to drink lukewarm water or decaf green tea or even bland caffeine-free Rooibos tea after eating food or after each meal which helps to cut the stomach acid and flush it out.
Sometimes your problem may be too little stomach acid and not too much. As people age, they no longer produce the amount of acid and digestive juice they did when younger. What helps for some are probiotics.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid high fat foods because they stay in the stomach longer. Don’t eat fried foods. Steam, boil, or eat raw vegetables and fruits. If you fry something, cook it in apple cider vinegar and water or wine and water if it can’t be steamed or boiled. Some people have a problem making enough hydrochloric acid and can no longer digest meats and poultry or even fish. Eat small amounts and see whether these foods do get digested over time, but don’t eat these foods in the evening.
Don’t eat nuts or soy products at night. Avoid fried foods of any kind. Stay away from fatty cheese and pasta. Beans and quinoa, lentils and brown or black rice can help. Eat them and then see what happens afterward compared to eating raw vegetables and fruits cut in small pieces in a salad, or even put through a blender or food processor raw.
Eating tree nuts at night can lead to acid reflux
If you drink cow’s milk, use skim milk or try almond milk, unsweetened. Don’t eat popcorn coated with oils or fats. Don’t eat butter. Bake your snacks instead of frying them. Avoid hot spices such as chili pepper. Don’t eat raw onions at night or at dinnertime. Save them for lunch time if you eat raw, chopped onions on your salads.
Don’t drink tomato juice or eat tomato sauce as it will cause acid reflux. Instead try fruit and vegetables. But don’t eat oranges at night. Flax seed meal may be easier to digest than nuts and seeds at night. But don’t eat more than three tablespoons of flax seed meal at a time because it stimulates the thyroid.
Stay away from grapefruit, lemons, and tomatoes. Limes can be squeezed on your salad. Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit eaten at night or when you’re going to be lying down may come through the open stomach flap as burning acid. Try the alkaline juices such as carrot juice or raw vegetables with fiber put in a blender. Again, your problem may be too little, not too much stomach acid. See whether a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar helps.
Stay way from chocolate at night or after dinner. Don’t drink peppermint drinks. Stay off of the coffee, soda, or black tea. Alcohol such as wine further weakens your stomach sphincter muscle. If the food or drink causes you to feel burning when lying down, don’t consume it.
Some people can tolerate foods better than others. Chocolate doesn’t bother some but bothers others. Cocoa powder (unsweetened) in decaf green tea is tolerated by some people. Others put a pinch of stevia or a pinch of D-ribose in their green tea. Stay away from caffeinated foods.
Start eating small amounts. Eating too much at a meal probably will make you feel worse when you lie down. The best steps come from keeping a diary of what foods feel good and which foods cause acid reflux. After a few weeks, write down which foods caused acid reflux or GERD. Keep track of foods so you can determine which foods help and which make your weakened stomach muscle flap worse. The solution is in your eating habits.
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