Electronic cigarettes are popular yet the medical industry is just beginning to learn about the side effects of their use.1 From a cursory review of e-cigarette forums and social media platforms, a potential association between vaping and heartburn is found.2 With e-cigarette users voicing concern about a connection between vaping and heartburn (a symptom of […]
Do you ever have heartburn at night when trying to sleep? Elevation therapy (sleeping on an incline) through the use of a wedge pillow, under-mattress wedge, or adjustable bed can prevent heartburn at night. Let’s look at why acid reflux is worse at night and the different sleep solutions used for naturally eliminating acid reflux […]
Obesity is the leading cause of GERD symptoms. Weight gain increases the risk of GERD, including those whose weight is considered to be in a normal range.
What is GERD? GERD is chronic acid reflux. The most common symptom of GERD is the pain of heartburn caused by refluxed acid irritating the esophagus.
How to wean off PPIs without acid rebound. Improve your health and avoid the adverse side effects of long-term PPI use. Wean off PPIs by gradually reducing dosage by 25%-50% each week until your at 25%-50% of current intake. Tapering at 50% will take one week. Tapering by 25% will take 3 weeks. The slower the weaning process the less likelihood of acid rebound.
A proton pump inhibitor (PPI) is a drug used to reduce the production of stomach acid giving the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the intestines) time to heal from irritation and erosive damage. The decrease in acid production will also help reduce acid reflux related heartburn.