Often we go through life with all kinds of aches and pains without really knowing or understanding our bodies – let alone how best to treat them.
Do you ever suffer with a burning sensation in your chest or throat after eating? If so, you could be suffering with acid reflux. Other symptoms include a hot, sour or salty tasting fluid in the back of your throat, difficulty swallowing, pressure behind the breastbone, feeling bloated regularly or needing to burp often.
Acid reflux can be pain free in some people, but it can cause other symptoms such as hiccups, bad breath, cramps and nausea which of course are undesirable and could impact your quality of life. If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, a few quick changes to your lifestyle could have you feeling better in no time:
- Avoid eating late at night or at irregular times throughout the day; meal times will cause the stomach to make more acid, so if you eat food late at night right before bed, your stomach will have more acid that can make its way to the esophagus. In fact not to lie down within three hours of eating, when acid production is at its peak, because gravity helps to keep your stomach contents down where they belong.
- Elevating your head whilst sleeping can decrease the sensation of acid reflux. This is because the elevated position helps to prevent stomach acid from rising to your chest.
- Eating spicy or citric foods can cause acid reflux, and as a result heartburn and indigestion.
- Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol may have the same effect, caffeine should be avoided in the evening at all costs.
- There are several quick and effective medicines against the symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux that are available without a prescription from pharmacies. Rennie, for instance, is a fast-acting, effective remedy for heartburn and indigestion. It works directly on the cause of the problem – the acid in your stomach – to relieve acid reflux symptoms. Rennie acts physically and locally, rather than by entering the bloodstream.
- Stress can trigger acid reflux, and therefore heartburn and indigestion.
So what are the best ways to help combat stress? As one of the causes of acid reflux, it makes sense to combat it where you can.
Rennie have looked up different things all around the world, and how people from different areas deal with stress. So if you want to Relax with Rennie, take a look at their interactive guide to see how people from across the globe unwind and remain stress free. From long walks around the beautiful UK countryside to African meditation techniques – and maybe discover a new stress-buster for yourself!
Here are some of my favourites:
After a stressful day in France, the people relax with a small glass of wine and a side of cashew nuts or pita chips with hummus and olives. Wine is a relaxant, but more importantly for the French, it is a ritual that separates the chaos of work from the comfort of home. I am not a drinker myself, but I know many that enjoy relaxing with wine. The cashew nuts or pita chips and hummus sounds good to me, though.
The Japanese use centuries old relaxing baths as a way to forget about daily tasks and just relax. I love taking a bath myself, and having recently got myself some natural Himalayan rock salt to go in my bath, it is going to do more good than ever before. A book in a warm bath is the ultimate relaxation if you ask me, and something I do as often as I can (don’t forget the scented candles)!
The Russians go to the banya, a hot sauna, to relax in the extreme heat; sweating out the stress of everyday life. American’s advocate taking a break from your daily stresses and take time to just do nothing; definitely something I could get on board with.
What help you to relax? Do you have any go-to techniques that help you to chill out? It would be great to hear what you think.
*This post is in conjunction with Rennie but all thoughts are my own