Bloating refers to abnormal swelling in abdomen or enlargement of abdominal region. Bloating is very common and it can occur to anyone. But what is acid reflux bloating? The food is passed to the stomach from the throat through the esophagus, which is commonly termed as swallowing tube or food pipe. Once the food has reached the stomach and stored there, a ring of muscle fibers prevents the food from moving back to esophagus. The muscle fibers are called as lower esophageal sphincter, the LES. When the muscles fail to close properly, the food and water move back to esophagus. This reversal process is termed as acid reflux, which creates bloating in the stomach and is referred as acid reflux bloating. It simple terms, bloating caused due to acid reflux, i.e fall back of undigested food from stomach to throat is called as acid reflux bloating.
People living in this modern world are exposed to several diseases easily and they are immune to heartburn. The culprit is the modern lifestyle that includes unhealthy junk foods that are found to be delicious, alcohol, coffee, nicotine, lack of exercise, stress, heavy workload, etc.,
Following are the most common causes of acid reflux bloating:
- Eating large quantity or heavy meals,
- Immediately lying down after a meal,
- Obesity or overweight,
- Eating foods rich in acid component like tomato, citrus fruits, chocolates, spicy foods, fatty items, garlic and mint.
There are certain medications and medicines also lead towards acid reflux like treatment for high blood pressure, muscle relaxing medications, intake of aspirin, ibuprofen, etc., Smoking, alcohol consumptions, drugs and even caffeine also cause acid reflux.
Acid reflux bloating symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation, difficulty in swallowing, dental erosion, hoarseness, chest pain, and asthma. Heartburn refers to the condition where the sense of burning is rising from the stomach to the lower chest towards neck. Regurgitation caused by acid reflux is nothing but bringing undigested food from the stomach to the mouth. Chest pain may sometimes lead to cardiac arrest. Dysphagia is the medical term that refers difficulty in swallowing.
Acid reflux bloating treatment includes prescription of certain drugs to control the symptoms of the disease like Maalox, Alka-Seltzer, Mylanta, Riopan, etc. These drugs can lessen or neutralize the acid formation in the stomach. However, over use of these drugs may cause several side effects like diarrhoea. Acid suppressant like histamine is also prescribed by the physicians. It is a chemical that is released in the body at various circumstances, in particular during swelling. Proton pump inhibitors also lessen the quantity of acid production in the stomach. Hence, it is recommended to consume prescribed quantity and use the drugs in combination of aluminium hydroxide or magnesium hydroxide.
Lifestyle changes and change in diet plan are commonly diagnosed by doctors for the people with acid reflux bloating. The treatment focus on reducing the reflux amount or reducing the damages caused to the esophagus from refluxed materials. Since the condition is associated with acids, antacids are recommended. Regular intake of antacids neutralizes the acid content in the esophagus and the stomach to stop heartburn. However, antacids found to cure the disease and lessen the effect only in few people. So, doctors recommend good diet to get of the disease and also to reduce and eliminate the symptoms.
Natural remedies for acid reflux focus on reducing the acid level and enhancing the digestion process. So it includes the foods that helps in proper digestion and are low in acid content and foods that have the medicinal value to eliminate or reduce the heartburn.
Ginger and peppermint tea helps in proper digestion and reduce the level of acids in the stomach. Ginger can also be used in foods.
Following is the good choice of acid reflux bloating diet to be followed everyday and it includes green beans, peas, cabbage, broccoli, egg whites, apples, bananas, berries, melons, peaches, whole grains, oats, herbal; tea, fresh fruit juices except citrus fruits juices etc.,
Foods to avoid that trigger heartburn includes citrus fruits and juices, peppermint, red wine, chocolate and chocolate drinks, tomatoes and products with tomato base, coffee and other caffeinated drinks, carbonated drinks like bottled drinks, etc.