Bile Reflux

Natural treatments for Bile Reflux to help reduce problems due to excessive biliary production.

natural treatments for bile reflux to reduce excessive bile problems

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  1. What is Bile Reflux?
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What is Bile Reflux?

While acid reflux is the backflow of caustic stomach acids into the esophagus, bile reflux occurs when bile flows upward from the small intestine into the stomach and esophagus. Bile is a greenish-yellow substance that plays an important role in helping us to digest foods, absorb fats and eliminate worn-out red blood cells and certain toxins from the body. Bile is produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder in a concentrated form, and even a modest amount of fat in a meal signals the gallbladder to release bile.

This phenomenon can also occur during pregnancy or happen due to obesity, as well as excessive bending over and lifting heavy weights. A peptic ulcer may also contribute greatly to - and be a cause of - bile reflux. Frequent heartburn, nausea, vomiting bile and occasionally a cough or hoarseness may be symptomatic of bile reflux.

Help for Bile Reflux

Natural Remedies

Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to assist the body in maintaining harmony in the esophagus and stomach. Melissa officinalis is well known for its soothing and calming properties as well as being widely prescribed by herbalists for the relief of all complaints related to anxiety and stress.

This herbal ingredient is excellent at relaxing cramps, improving digestion problems and treating gastric complaints. A homeopathic remedy such as Mag. Phos (a biochemic tissue salt) helps to quickly ease digestive discomfort including cramps, excessive flatulence and hiccups. It also helps to improve general functioning of the intestines, preventing constipation and diarrhea.

More Information on Bile Reflux

Tips for avoiding bile reflux
  • When it comes to bile reflux, smoking is double the trouble, as not only does it cause excess stomach acid, it also dries up saliva – the natural protection agent of the esophagus.
  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals can go a great way to reduce pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter and help prevent the valve from opening at the wrong time.
  • After a meal, wait at least three hours before taking a nap or going to bed. This allows time for your stomach to empty while you are still upright!
  • High-fat meals relax the lower esophageal sphincter and slow the rate at which food leaves your stomach, so try to reduce the fat content in your daily intake.
  • Certain foods can exacerbate bile reflux. Culprits include caffeinated drinks, chocolate, onions and spicy foods as they increase the production of stomach acid. Drinking alcohol also relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter and irritates the esophagus.
  • Heartburn and acid regurgitation are more likely to occur when excess weight puts added pressure on your stomach, so keeping a healthy weight is ideal. If you are overweight, try to lose weight in a natural manner.
  • When you're under stress, digestion slows down, worsening reflux symptoms. Some recent studies indicate that relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga may help.

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