What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux is a disorder that occurs when the sphincter muscles found in the digestive tract are dysfunctional leading to refluxes of the stomach contents to the esophagus. Symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn, severe cough, voice problems, and the urge to frequently clear your throat. Specific foods and beverages may make you more susceptible to acid reflux like tomatoes, chocolates, caffeine as well as alcohol.
Alcohol and Acid Reflux
Alcohol is one of the main factors frequently linked to acid reflux. Many health practitioners argue that when consumed in moderation, alcohol can have very little detrimental impact on healthy adults, not including expectant women of course. Despite that some disagree with this, some researches have demonstrated that alcohol may have several health benefits as well. For example, it may increase your DHL, which help prevent bad cholesterol, and eases stress by calming tense muscles. But still alcohol causes many deaths as a result of accidents and homicide and damage important body organs like the heart, liver and lung. Female’s bodies take in more alcohol than male as they have less quantities of the enzyme involved in breaking down the alcohol while it is inside the stomach. This is the reason women experience more liver damage than men.Image by My Blog Guest
Effect of Alcohol
Alcohol may damage the whole digestive tract and may even worsen present acid reflux problems. This is why alcohol is one of the nutritional factors most frequently linked to digestive disorders. Although some researches suggest that alcohol doesn’t bring about acid reflux, which is really good news, we cannot refute the fact that it play a significant role in worsening the symptoms. Many people who drink alcohol also smoke and since smoking has been demonstrated to bring about acid reflux it can be the reason alcohol was thought to cause acid reflux as well.
Alcohol may worsen heartburn in people suffering from acid reflux, and may be a source of heartburn as well because alcohol tends to increase acid production in the stomach. Alcohol may reduce your esophagus sensitivity to acid, leading to more inflammation.
Moreover, drinking alcohol may cause your bottom esophageal sphincter to loosen up, permitting the acid to reflux into your esophagus. It may also affect esophageal muscles contraction that enables you to swallow. Alcohol may cause a contradictory contraction rhythm that permits the acid reflux into your esophagus.
Alcohol can cause peptic ulcers and make present ulcers incurable. It may increase a reflux esophagitis, gastritis, gallbladder disease and IBS. Moreover, it may result in irritation and sometimes may develop into more chronic conditions like Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal cancer and esophageal stricture. Therefore, it is important to drink moderately or completely avoid drinking to improve your acid reflux disorder and to in general improve your general digestive health.
Alcohol and Meals
Apart from alcohol, eating a healthy diet can greatly improve your acid reflux disorder. At least, make sure you healthy foods that can provide your digestive system an opportunity to improve its role to keep you in good health. Eating a weighty meal may worsen your symptoms. By drinking moderately and eating fewer meals, you can ease your symptoms. Moreover, there are various home remedies and natural cures that can help you cope with acid reflux as discussed in the next article.Image by My Blog Guest
Jane Harkess is a natural health specialist and organic gardener. She writes for various alternative health sites including Home Remedies Log where you will find an awsome array of home remedies for acid reflux.