When it comes to acid reflux, by eating fruit on an empty stomach instead of right after meals or with meals, it may help acid reflux that could be burning lesions in your esophagus. You need to eat fruit alone on an empty stomach and not as part of the rest of your meal such as for dessert. Here’s why.
When you eat fruit such as a papaya as part of a meal with other foods, the fruit begins to ferment along with the fat in the foods while in your stomach. The stomach then expands from the fermenting fruit and also from any fat in various foods you ate that are being digested by stomach acids in your belly.
As the fermentation process continues, the gas produced from the fermentation process in your stomach expands. Soon the expanding gasses from the fermentation puts a lot of pressure on the valve that connects your stomach to your esophagus. The result is worsening acid reflux that steadily erodes your esophagus, burning lesions. Then you get more pain, more burping, and more acid reflux with more wounds on your esophagus.
You can help by just eating a piece of fruit on an empty stomach. Also check with your doctor to see whether it’s safe to take a little vitamin A to speed healing of those seared membranes, which are wounds in your esophagus caused by your stomach’s acid.
Do you have H. pylori bacteria or hiatal hernia?
If you’re an older person, also take a test to see whether you have H. pylori bacteria which destroys the mucous lining of your stomach. You’d also feel acid reflux, coughing from acid reflux, which sometimes looks like asthma symptoms or wheezing, and problems with wounds from your stomach’s hydrochloric acid burning lesions in your esophagus.
Check your stomach also for bleeding ulcers and other problems such as hiatal hernia. It’s a condition in which a portion of the upper part of your stomach protrudes upward into your chest, through an opening in your diaphragm. Acid reflux disease shows symptoms of acid reflux usually on a daily basis and grows worse when you lie down.
It often disrupts sleep. Find out whether any natural remedies can help such as a change in diet or various vitamins or digestive enzymes before you take a drug you’ll be on for years. Perhaps digestive enzymes may be of help.
See your doctor to find out what can be done for hiatal hernia and learn what caused it. Also see the Mayo Clinic article, Hiatal hernia – MayoClinic.com. The site contains a comprehensive overview covers symptoms, surgery and other treatments for this stomach hernia. By age 60, up to 60% of people have it to some extent. See the site, How To Live With a Hiatal Hernia.
Hiatal hernia also can be caused by constipation. Or increased pressure in the abdominal cavity also can be caused by constant hard coughing–for example from a bout of flu, or from vomiting, or simply straining during bowel movements can tear a whole in your diaphragm.
Don’t leave it at that if all you’re told is that you’re getting older or your body is falling apart because you’re over a certain age. Find out what caused the hole in your diaphragm, if that’s your doctor’s diagnosis.
See what happens if you eat a papaya on an empty stomach. Does your acid reflux decrease by the time you go to bed at night? Some doctors have pretty good tips on how to treat acid reflux with foods.
You also can find out which local chiropractors in Sacramento have been trained in adjusting hiatal hernia. See the site, Functional Medicine University Success Stories from Students. You can read in the November 8, 2010 issue of Woman’s World, the article in the “Your Good Health” section, “Sore throat remedies doctors swear by.” Also see the site, Can chiropractic adjustment fix a hiatal hernia?