Reflux, what is it?
The reflux gastroesophageal is caused by a malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter leading to an upwelling of acidic material from the stomach leading to regurgitation, retro sternal pain, bad taste in the mouth accompanied by profuse salivation.
When reflux is considered natural
Gastroesophageal reflux is considered natural during and immediately after meals; however, if there are frequent, long episodes or accompanied by acidic gastric secretions, there may be more serious symptoms and situations such as acid regurgitation, gastric burning, reflux esophagitis, ulcers, stenosis.
The causes of gastroesophageal reflux are mainly related to incorrect lifestyles and eating habits such as:
- intake of fatty and fried foods
- Going to bed after eating large meals
- excessive use of alcoholic beverages
- situations of intense emotional stress
- Taking certain medications (pain relievers, antihistamines, calcium channel blockers and others)
It can also be caused by anatomical or functional factors such as:
- incomplete closure of the esophageal sphincter
- hiatal hernia
- excessive gastric secretion
- prolonged stagnation of food in the stomach
Both men and women suffer from it but there are some people more predisposed such as obese and pregnant women.
There are several remedies, including natural ones, for combating the symptoms of reflux such as taking aloe vera gel, which actively protects the gastric mucosa and has a healing effect.
Also preparing a decoction of fennel (by boiling for about 15 minutes one teaspoon of seeds for each cup of water) has a relaxing effect on the stomach muscles and has an anti-inflammatory action.
Another remedy is to take a teaspoon of baking soda or marshmallow root dissolved in a glass of water-these bring immediate relief by soothing symptoms.
Taking almonds has also been found to be helpful in balancing the pH of the stomach.
Finally, adding a little turmeric to dishes improves the functioning of the digestive system