• Dr. Knapp

What to do about acid reflux?

Are you one of the many people in this world who suffer from acid reflux or have been diagnosed with Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? It can happen when acidic stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) goes back up into the esophagus, causing indigestion, lower chest pain, and a burning sensation. It is quite common in the human populace though more commonly known in the middle-aged and older sections of the population. I know too many people with such problems, people who tend to let these issues go on for too long and ignore the symptoms. Ignoring acid reflux leads to ulcers in the esophagus and stomach as well as leads to esophageal cancer.


We all know what it's like to have heartburn, some have had it worse than others. The "valve" of the esophagus is called the "gastroesophageal sphincter" which let's food into the stomach but not back up into the throat. When the valve fails, it has even been known to make people regurgitate.


What causes it?

Diet is one of the main reasons for acid reflux. Here are just a few things that can cause acid reflux/heartburn:

  • Misaligned spine

  • Caffeine

  • Carbonated beverages

  • Eating large meals

  • Eating too fast

  • Consuming alcohol

  • Chocolate and acidic juices

  • Obesity (causes extra pressure on the abdomen)

  • Poor posture

  • Smoking

  • Some drugs

What can you do?

There are more options now more than ever to help us deal with situations such as these. Some of them are only temporary and short term but can provide immediate relief nonetheless.

  • Receiving regular spinal adjustments can improve the functionality of the body, relieving unnecessary pressure on the nervous system. Providing a longer-lasting relief.

  • Antacids provide a short term relief

  • SLOWLY eat SMALLER meals

  • Use better posture

  • Avoid fatty and spicy food

  • Chewing gum can help dilute acid

  • Drinking lots of water can also dilute acids in the stomach

  • Try ginger or ginger tea!

  • Licorice root is another folk remedy believed to increase the mucous coating of your esophageal lining which can protect it from damage.

  • Losing weight can sometimes help lessen the pressure on the abdomen.

  • Avoid lying down right after eating. Wait at least 2 hours!

  • Talk to your doctor about any medical prescriptions that might assist you with acid reflux.

When the body is in dysfunction, nerve interference can weaken the amount of vital energy reaching the organs. Spinal adjustments help to return the body back to a state of health and wellness so that it may operate at maximum capacity.


For more information on how to help with your acid reflux, please give us a call at 262-796-5108 to set up an appointment today. Let us adjust you back to wellness!

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