End acid re­flux, fast!

amounts of acid for di­ges­tion, mix 1 Tbs. ap­ple cider vine­gar with 2 oz. wa­ter; sip be­fore meals.

Woman's World - - Your Good Health - —Kal­lie E. Kris­tensen

With age, acid re­flux—aka heart­burn— of­ten be­comes more fre­quent and more se­vere as your di­ges­tive en­zymes are de­pleted and the bar­rier be­tween your stom­ach and esoph­a­gus slack­ens. Is it pos­si­ble to get rid of the burn? Yes!

Sip ap­ple cider vine­gar be­fore meals!

Think eat­ing foods high in acid causes heart­burn symp­toms? Not so! “A lack of di­ges­tive juices, not an ex­cess of stom­ach acid causes food to sit in the stom­ach too long, re­sult­ing in the con­tents splash­ing up into the esoph­a­gus,” says natur­opath Michelle Schof­fro Cook, Ph. D., D. N. M., au­thor of The Ul­ti­mate ph So­lu­tion. To prime your stom­ach to se­crete healthy

Eat less—but more of­ten!

Most acid re­flux at­tacks oc­cur right af­ter a meal, and the big­ger the meal, the more painful the re­ac­tion. “Too much food puts pres­sure on the sphinc­ter (the valve be­tween the esoph­a­gus and stom­ach), which can al­low the con­tents of the stom­ach to push up past it into the esoph­a­gus,” says Robin Foroutan, M.S., R.D.N., of the Academy of Nu­tri­tion and Di­etet­ics. Try cut­ting your main meal por­tions by about a third, then eat small snacks, such as a hand­ful of nuts or some crack­ers and cheese, ev­ery few hours.

Opt for de­caf!

Reg­u­lar cof­fee weak­ens the sphinc­ter, up­ping the risk of acid re­flux. In con­trast, two stud­ies found a drop in symp­toms when folks switched to de­caf! “Caf­feine acts like adrenalin, caus­ing di­ges­tive mus­cles to tense,” Schof­fro Cook says. “Over time, this weak­ens the esophageal valve.” Or sip fen­nel tea, which soothes the esoph­a­gus and stom­ach, says Foroutan. One op­tion: Yogi Tea Stom­ach Ease, $3.47, Luck­yvi­ta­min.com.

Take me­la­tonin!

Your gut pro­duces 400 times more me­la­tonin than your brain, but that pro­duc­tion typ­i­cally tends to drop with age. “Cor­rect­ing a low level of me­la­tonin helps tone the valve be­tween the stom­ach and esoph­a­gus,” Schof­fro - Cook says. Her Rx: 3 mg. to 5 mg. of me­la­tonin an hour be­fore bed.

Sleep on the best side!

Side sleeper? Your esoph­a­gus en­ters the right side of the stom- ach, so if you lie on the right side, it adds pres­sure on the esophageal sphinc­ter, up­ping the risk of acid leak­ing through it! Sleep­ing on your left side propped on a pil­low or two so your head is higher than your stom­ach helps keep acid where it be­longs.

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