There are many myths about what causes acid reflux.
But a new study just appeared in The FASEB Journal explains one factor that contributes to the development and continuation of the most serious type of acid reflux.
What’s more, this factor can make even occasional, mild types of acid reflux life-threatening.
Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of this factor naturally.
Acid reflux occurs when hydrochloric acid flows upwards from your stomach into your esophagus. This is not supposed to happen, as there is a ring of muscle, called the gastroesophageal sphincter, at the top of your stomach that is supposed to close when you are not swallowing. This valve is supposed to open only when you swallow and food goes down into your stomach.
If you are overweight with fat accumulating around your abdominal area, this weight drags the valve out of alignment with your stomach and esophagus, which then prevents the sphincter from sealing your esophagus and stomach from each other.
This is the most typical explanation for why abdominal obesity causes acid reflux—and it is certainly right.
But the new study draws our attention to the way in which obesity can make even occasional acid reflux genuinely life-threatening.
Your stomach lining is tough enough not to be eroded by hydrochloric acid, but the lining of your esophagus is not. If acid reflux occurs too frequently, then the lining of your esophagus will become inflamed and, with time, erode and literally come apart or be destroyed by cancer.
The new study shows that abdominal fat cells in obese people degrade the lining of the esophagus and can make even occasional acid reflux a life-threatening problem.
The researchers obtained subcutaneous fat (just below the skin) and visceral fat (located deep inside) from both obese and healthy volunteers.
They then separated different types of fat cells from this tissue and applied it to an esophageal lining in the laboratory.
They then tested the resistance of the lining and the spaces between the cells in the lining to see whether the fat damaged it and to determine which fat was responsible for the damage.
Interestingly, the researchers observed that the fat of the healthy-weight subjects did no damage at all, while the fat of the obese subjects did cause damage.
To be specific, only mature fat cells mined from visceral fat tissue of obese people have this destructive effect on the esophageal lining.
There were large spaces between the cells, and the structural integrity of the lining was damaged in a way that it started to disintegrate after less than a week.
This is serious because it leaves your esophagus vulnerable to injury by acid reflux. So, even mild and infrequent cases of acid reflux can cause serious damage to your esophagus.
Break Free of Reflux and Gas Problems – But losing weight isn’t easy—and it may not be enough to cure your acid reflux. Thousands of people have now completely healed their acid reflux using three ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. This is especially important because acid reflux has been found to cause six types of deadly diseases. I’ll explain this here…
Break Free of Reflux and Gas Problems – Eating Right for Peaceful Digestion AND Complexion
This time of year always brings with it some very harsh reminders that winter time requires a little more effort to stay healthy and well. In many areas, winter means drier, colder, harsher air and this can cause a variety of skin issues.
What a lot of people don’t notice, though, is that digestive trouble and skin irritation often appear at the same time.
Diseases, such as Fifth disease and medications, such as antibiotics, can wreak havoc on your tummy and skin at the same time. Those are pretty easy-to-spot symptoms of the same problem, though.
What about if you notice just sporadic problems with your skin, or your stomach and bowel upset are just occasional?
It seems like it would be a real hassle to have to track everything you put in your mouth, but being able to eliminate some skin issues and at the same time regulate your digestion makes it more worthwhile.
Keeping a food diary helps to highlight not just what is actually being eaten (a very effective tool if you are trying to lose weight, anyway), but also makes finding irritation relationships a lot easier to spot.
Jotting down what you eat isn’t the whole task though. Whenever you notice that your skin is doing something odd or out the ordinary, write down what is happening, and also the time and date. The same goes for digestion problems. Make a note of the time and date you had diarrhea, for example.
Then, after a couple of weeks you should be able to start to string together a timeline of events that leads up to the different problems you experience.
Once you identify the ‘bad guys’ in your diet, you can make changes to replace the offending foods with something more peacefully tolerated.
Items known to cause skin and digestion upset (this is just a partial list…these are the top offenders):
Foods with added Vitamin C
While many diet adjustments call for some of these foods to be ADDED, it should be done with caution, and always keep that diary nearby so you can see if any of these foods are causing problems for you.
For instance, soy in and of itself isn’t a terrible thing. It’s generally considered a staple in the diet of many cultures which have better overall health than Westerners.
However, when we start tinkering with it and modifying it or otherwise changing the intended use of it, we can wind up with frustrating symptoms.
If soy is your problem food, be warned…it is in almost every packaged food known to man. It is also in milk, meat, and eggs of animals that have eaten it in feed. There are a great many people who have taken to raising their own poultry and other animal food sources so they can carefully control the amount of soy they digest, but this is kind of a drastic measure.
Wheat and wheat gluten are also on the top of the list because of the rising number of people identified with celiac disease. Sometimes a simple food intolerance to wheat causes skin, stomach, bowel, behavior and vision problems, so it’s good to monitor what you are eating here.
The good news is that if you find in your journaling that your skin and tummy trouble is linked to wheat gluten, you may be finding really delicious alternatives to old favourites. The last estimates of the gluten-free food industry pegged its 2010 growth as over a billion US dollars.
So keep that journal and make some adjustments. It’s a temporary blip in the road but once you get past identifying what offends your system, you can begin to experiment with food that heals as well as satisfies your taste buds.
Break Free of Reflux and Gas Problems – 9 One-Minute Habits That Boost Your Health and Happiness
Having a long, healthy life means doing the little things that count. The little habits that don’t take much time but still add up in the long-run. And turns out we’ve got 9 handpicked one-minute habits you can do every day.
Some of these you can do right now, wherever you’re reading this. And that’s just a bit tempting.
Switch from red meat to fish: Many studies have shown time and again that eating red meat regularly can be bad for the heart and increase the risk of developing colon cancer.
However, eating fish can significantly cut down the risk of both heart problems and cancer. They are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which when properly balanced with omega-6 fatty acids, can be very beneficial for reducing inflammation.
Drink red wine: Red wine is very useful for keeping away Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. The compound ‘resveratrol’ in grapes is thought to be responsible for these benefits. The key is not to go overboard and limit consumption to just a few glasses a week.
Microwave the kitchen sponge: While we often consider the toilet seat as the haven of microbes, in truth, the kitchen sponge can have more microbes than the toilet seat! Microwaving the sponge for 30 seconds can kill most disease-causing microbes in it.
Take vitamin supplements: Make sure that you get the required amount of vitamins and minerals to keep away vitamin and mineral deficiencies that are responsible for different ailments like osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, common cold, memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But make sure you’re taking high quality supplements since many supermarket brands are worse than skipping them.
Don’t forget to buckle your seat belt: Save yourself from the worst brunt of car accidents by doing one simple thing – wear your seat belt! About 40,000 people die every year in US due to car accidents. Most deaths could have been prevented if they’d fastened the seat belt.
Treat yourself to dark chocolate occasionally: Dark chocolate has been shown to have several benefits – it cuts down the risk of heart disease, improves memory in elderly people, helps metabolize glucose more efficiently and fights against stress and depression.
Take deep breaths often: Whenever you get some free time inhale deeply, take in a deep breath through one nostril, count till 4 and exhale through the other nostril. Do this as often as you can, because it melts stress and calms your mind.
Rinse mouth after meals: Rinsing is a better way to prevent acidic food from corroding the tooth enamel better than brushing the teeth. Plain water or unsweetened tea are good for rinsing mouth and preventing germ buildup.
Sleep on your left side: A study published in the journal ‘Chest’ reveals that nearly 25 percent of Americans experience heartburn in the night. This can be prevented by sleeping on the left side. This stops the acid from esophagus from flowing back into the esophagus.
For more ideas on how to break free of reflux and gas problems, watch this video –How To Stop Acid Reflux | How To Treat Acid Reflux
This post is from Scott Davis’ Acid Reflux Solution. This program helps you to cure your heartburn and acid reflux by using natural remedies to quickly heal your stomach without dangerous medicine or risky surgeries. It can also help you to remove some disorders of acid reflux such as constipation or IBS.
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