Acid reflux is often associated with a number of unpleasant symptoms, including regurgitation. Here our Digestive expert Ali explains why this is common, and how you can help relieve your symptoms with a range of useful home and herbal remedies.
Although acid reflux is a quite common digestive complaint nowadays, some of the more uncommon symptoms associated with this, such as regurgitation, can be quite a worry.
Acid reflux occurs when some of the contents of the stomach travel backwards into the oesophagus, through the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS) – a circular band of smooth muscle – which can cause pain and discomfort among another of other symptoms.
Regurgitation is the sensation of acid contents passing into the back of the throat or the mouth. This can be quite unpleasant and may be accompanied with hiccups, a dry cough and in some cases even vomiting.
Although acid reflux is characterised by contents of the stomach moving backwards into the oesophagus through the LOS, if the contents continue to rise and pass the upper oesophageal sphincter, (UOS) then regurgitation is probable. Regurgitation is likely to leave an unpleasant, sour taste in the mouth, can contribute to hoarse or dry throat and may even be accompanied by vomiting – it can occur without much warning so can be quite distressing for the affected individual.
Regurgitation is an unpleasant symptom, but often targeting the underlying acid reflux is a good place to start in terms of managing your symptoms. Here we describe some simple steps which can be taken at home to help:
Consider lifestyle factors. As regurgitation is often quite a serious symptom of acid reflux, it is often necessary to seriously consider changing a variety of lifestyle factors. Work on losing weight if this is an issue for you, stop smoking, eat slowly and deliberately, and avoid strenuous exercise during flare ups in your symptoms
Drink some herbal tea. Opt for herbal teas to help calm your symptoms. Firstly, if you drink lots of caffeine-rich tea and coffee this could be problematic in itself, so making some simple swaps would be recommended. But as an added bonus, many tea varieties including ginger, peppermint and camomile are very soothing and may help to offer some relief from your symptoms.
Silicol Gel.Silicol Gel is rich in silicic acid and helps create a protective layer throughout the digestive tract. This means it may help dampen some of the symptoms associated with acid reflux such as regurgitation.
Regurgitation may be a sign that your symptoms of acid reflux are becoming worse, so in many cases it might be time to go to your doctor, especially if home and herbal remedies don’t seem to be helping. Your doctor or pharmacist may prescribe some antacid medication to help keep your symptoms under control, but if symptoms persist you should always return for further advice.
Hello. My name is Alison Cullen and I am an experienced nutritional therapist with a clinic in Ayrshire, Scotland. I currently combine running my clinic with the role of Education Manager for A Vogel. I lecture, train and write extensively on health issues, which I find endlessly fascinating.
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