Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, commonly called heartburn, is a common condition wherein acid leaks out of the stomach into the oesophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest. Other symptoms include bloating, unpleasant taste in the mouth, flatulence, and difficulty swallowing. Many people experience occasional episodes of acid reflux and sometimes, over-the-counter medications or simply letting it subside is the best way to deal with acid reflux. However, some people experience it too often. If you are experiencing recurring symptoms of acid reflux, undergoing treatment is necessary.

Often, acid reflux is caused by the inability of the oesophageal muscles to contract after swallowing food – allowing the acid from the stomach to come up to the oesophagus. But what causes these muscles to contract poorly? Experts blame it to obesity, binge-eating, lying down after meals and eating lots of processed foods.

Medications are only going to relieve the symptoms and not totally the cause of your acid reflux. If you are looking for long-term solutions that involve no side effects, you better try the following natural remedies:

1. Increase your intake of digestive enzymes
Cut back on your consumption of processed foods.  More...

Reducing Calorie Intake -Coffee Shop Tips

Can you have your cake and eat it? Yes you can!

Choose skimmed milk in drinks and add sweetener to your tea/coffee instead of sugar.

Save up to half the calories by choosing a small size serving, for example a 'Primo' at Costa or a 'Tall' at Starbuck's.

‘Off-set’ your calories. If you really fancy an indulgent drink such as a latte or a hot chocolate, then skip the cake. Got an urge for cake? Then just have a simple filter coffee or a cup of tea with it.

Sugar free syrup can save you 20 calories per pump, compared with the regular version. More...

Reducing Calorie Intake - Eating Out Tips

Eating out is definitely one of life's pleasures! Make smart choices to help you keep your weight management on track while still enjoying a night out!

Check the restaurant's on-line menu and plan ahead what healthy choice you're going to eat.

Ask if there is butter added, for details about the cooking method of a certain dish or for sauce to be served on the side. You are the customer and the customer is always right!

Golden rules

Cutting down on portion size is the simplest way to cut calories, sharing is caring (for your waistline!)

Low calorie starters: melon, soup (without the bread roll and butter; this can add 180 calories and 9.5 grams of fat) and green salad with dressing on the side. More...

Reducing Calorie Intake - Takeaway Tips

If you are maintaining weight, it's fine to enjoy a takeaway now and then. Just make sure you see this as a treat and be selective about what you choose on the menu.

Golden rules

Cutting down on portion size is the simplest way to cut calories, sharing is caring (for your waistline!)

Don't 'double carb', this means having two portions of the starchy carbohydrate such as chips, rice, pasta (the sheets in lasagne also count).

Dishes with cream, coconut milk, crème fraîche, cheese, butter, breadcrumbs or batter added are going to be more calorific.

Choose your protein portion wisely... remember the difference in fat content:
1. Sausages 25% fat
2. Chicken leg 17% fat
3. Beef 13% fat
4. Duck 7% fat
5. Pork 8% fat
6. Chicken breast 2% fat
7. White fish 2% fat
8. Prawn 1% fat

When cooking in is the new going out...

Why not save yourself calories by creating your own versions of takeaway foods at home? This will save you money as well as calories!

Healthier Homemade Alternatives are available in my Recipe Book and there are over 250 recipes on my online weight management service.

al Covo offers private Nutritional Therapy, Weight Loss Programmes, Cambridge Weight Plan, and Online Weight Management. We also offer Nutritional Supplements through Organic Neal's Yard Remedies. Visit, or call Steve on 07968065885 or 02380639913 for more details.

A Little Bit About Fruit and Vegetables

Studies have shown that it is beneficial to eat a minimum of 400g (5 portions) of fruit and vegetables each day to help prevent us from developing serious diseases such as certain cancers, stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Fruit and vegetables are also...
• Full of vitamins and minerals
• A good source of fibre
• Low in calories
• Contain phytochemicals, which protect us from cell damage and can help against certain cancers.

Fresh, frozen, tinned (in own juice) and dried all count towards your 5-a-day. More...

About the author

Steve from AlcovoBorn in Worcestershire, and educated to second (Masters) degree in Geography, I worked in a corporate company before being inspired more fully into well-being from travels to the Eastern and Tropical countries of the Philippines, India, Kenya, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mozambique.

I gained an understanding of spas, treatments and clients along my way, and have developed this into my own practice, al Covo, to which I welcome you warmly. I pride myself on al Covo's warmth, peaceful aura, hygiene and thoroughness.

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