What is Acid Reflux and Ways to Help Yourself

Acid reflux comes in many forms but there are a few ways to identify if you have acid reflux. You may have heartburn, bloating, Dysphagia, burping or the extremes of bloody or black stools, nausea, weight loss or chronic sore throat.

Why do some of us suffer from acid reflux? According to WebMD, acid reflux happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) doesn’t close all the way or opens too often. Normally the valve closes as soon as food passes through it. Acid reflux is a disease also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

There are certain foods and factors that can heighten acid reflux symptoms. They are
• Spicy and fatty foods
• Foods with high content of tomato, citrus or chocolate
• Caffeinated drinks, carbonated drinks and alcohol
• Overeating
• Eating heavy meals before bedtime
• Pregnant
• Smoking
• Certain medications like blood pressure medications and pain killers medication
• Overweight

The majority of people deal with acid reflux by having some lifestyle changes or with over the counter medications. Some who suffer more than twice a week and do not find relief with over the counter medications need to see a doctor.

If you read the labels of over the counter medications and prescribed medications for acid reflux, you know there are many side effects. By treating the symptoms of acid reflux we open up an avenue of the side effects. Using stronger medications to reduce the symptoms may cause other problems to our health.

You may have seen side effects like severe allergic reactions, yellowing of the eyes or skin, unusual tiredness, swelling of hands, feet, ankles, severe diarrhea, vision changes and many more. Some drugs have a warning like: do not take more than 14 days.

How do you feel when you read those side effects? Is there an alternative without side effects?

Here are 3 steps that have created results for 3 different individuals:

One: With peppermint essential oil in water
I had been suffering from Acid Reflux for a few years and had to take medication every day to control it. I decided that I didn't want to continue to be dependent on medication for the rest of my life so I decided to try Peppermint as a way to ease the symptoms. I added on drop of oil to a cup of hot water and found that after a few days of doing this, I didn't need to take my medication every day. I continued for about two weeks and have been off my medication now for over 7 months. I feel great and if the symptoms begin again, I have a cup of Peppermint 'tea'. – From Phyllis from Canada

Most doctors will say not to use Mints with acid reflux because it relaxes the esphogeal  sphincter or valve but Young Living’s essential oil has helped me and many of my clients.  I only recommend Young Living’s essential oil brand of Peppermint. 

Two: Digeze Essential Oil
I suffered with acid reflux throughout high school and college. I lived on zantac, rolaids, and pepto-bismol. A new physical therapist started at the clinic I was working at and saw me downing the pepto and asked me to try something different. She whipped out an essential oil called Digize. She put 10+ drops in my hand and had me rub it on my stomach…to my amazement my pain was gone in 10 minutes! After that I was sold on alternative methods to become healthier…I then did a colon cleanse with the cleansing trio, then went on to the liver cleansing products, periodically using the Digize along with the Alkalime…I am happy to say I have not had an episode in over 8 years and rarely use Digize!!- Brenda from Minnesota

Three: Another Alkalime story

My dad's acid reflux Rx was about $400/month & his insurance company decided to stop paying for it. I suggested using Young Living's products. He began using AlkaLime in a cup of distilled water every morning & rubbing peppermint on his stomach & throat every night. He improved so much he started weaning himself off of the AlkaLime; at this point he only uses it only on occasion for basic maintenance. He still uses the Peppermint at night because he says he likes the way it feels.

He is so happy to have found relief so inexpensively, & he knows that these natural products are better for his body as well. Healing like God intended. :) Thanks Young Living- Sheila from Mississippi

These testimonial were taken from www.oil-testimonials.com  

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