Antioxidant Spices Are Good For You

Unhealthy Effects of Fatty Foods Lowered with Antioxidant Spices.

The body’s negative reactions to high-fat meals are reduced by the use of antioxidant spices like turmeric and cinnamon, reports a new  study by researchers from Penn State.

Sheila West, associate professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State and lead author of the study, said, “Normally, when you eat a high-fat meal, you end up with high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood. If this happens too frequently, or if triglyceride levels are raised too much, your risk of heart disease is increased. We found that adding spices to a high-fat meal reduced triglyceride response by about 30 percent, compared to a similar meal with no spices added.”

Six men, aged between 30 and 65, who were overweight but otherwise in good health, were served meals prepared by the research team on two separate days during the study. The test meal was chicken curry, Italian herb bread, and a cinnamon biscuit, to which two tablespoons of culinary spices had been added. The control meal was the same, but no spices were used. After they had eaten, the participants had blood drawn every half hour for three hours. The findings were published in the current issue of the Journal of Nutrition.

Ann Skulas-Ray, postdoctoral fellow and team member, described the spices. “In the spiced meal, we used rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic powder and paprika. We selected these spices because they had potent antioxidant activity previously under controlled conditions in the lab.”

After eating the spiced meal, the men showed antioxidant blood activity 13% above levels recorded after the control meal, and insulin response lower by about 20%.

According to West, many scientists think that oxidative stress contributes to heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. “Antioxidants, like spices, may be important in reducing oxidative stress and thus reducing the risk of chronic disease,” she said, adding that the spice dose they used provided the equivalent amount of antioxidants contained in 5 ounces of red wine or 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate.

Current thinking among many scientists in the field, says West, is that oxidative stress is a factor in heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. She said, “Antioxidants like spices may be important in reducing oxidative stress and thus reducing the risk of chronic disease”, and added that the amounts of spice used in the test had antioxidant value similar to 5 ounces of red wine or 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate.

No stomach distress was experienced by the subjects who ate the food with 2 tablespoons of spices, said Skulas-Ray. “They enjoyed the food and had no gastrointestinal problems.” She added, “The participants were notified ahead of time that they would be eating highly spiced foods and they were willing to do so.”

West’s plan for future study includes discovering whether similar results can be obtained with smaller spice amounts.

Besides West, other Penn State researchers in this study include: Ann Skulas-Ray, graduate student; Penny Kris-Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition; Danette Teeter, former research assistant; and John Vanden Heuvel, professor of veterinary science. Chung-Yen (Oliver) Chen, scientist, Tufts University, also was involved in the study. The study received support from The McCormick Science Institute and National Institutes of Health.

Source: August 11, 2011, Science Daily.

Vegetarian Diet And Kidney Disease

Recent Study: Kidney Disease Patients on Vegetarian Diet Can Lower Blood, Urine Phosphorus Levels

Kidney disease patients who maintain a vegetarian diet see their phosphorus levels descend dramatically, a recent study showed. The results were scheduled for publication in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). They suggest that patients with kidney disease can prevent the toxic accumulation of phosphorus in their bodies by eating vegetables and eliminating meat.

An inability to rid the body of extra phosphorus – a common food additive, and a common element in proteins – is characteristic of kidney disease. Because high phosphorus levels can bring on fatal heart disease, kidney disease sufferers must be careful to keep their intake of the mineral down. This can be difficult; though chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients are advised by doctors to keep to a low phosphorus diet, the amounts of the mineral is not shown on food labels.

The current study of vegetarian vs. meat-containing diets was done by Sharon Moe, MD (Indiana University School of Medicine and Roudebush Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center) and her colleagues. Participating CKD patients ate either a vegetarian or meat-based diet for one week, and then switched diets between two and four weeks later. Each week-long regime was followed by blood and urine testing.

Both diets contained equivalent protein and phosphorus concentration. However, the vegetarian diet patients had decreased blood phosphorus levels and less excreted phosphorus in their urine than did the meat diet patients. The study did not undertake to discover the cause of the difference. But a diet based on grains has a lower protein-to-phosphate ratio than one that contains meat – and a high proportion of those phosphates is in a form, phytate, which the human body does not absorb.

The conclusion reached by the team was that, for CKD patients, there is a strong relationship between the source of dietary proteins and the amount of phosphorus in their bodies. They suggest that CKD patients should receive dietary counseling both about the importance of controlling phosphorus intake and the different protein sources of phosphorus. The study says, “These results, if confirmed in longer studies, provide rationale for recommending a predominance of grain-based vegetarian sources of protein to patients with CKD. This diet would allow increased protein intake without adversely affecting phosphorus levels.”

This study was co-authored with Dr. Moe by: Miriam Zidehsarai, MD, Mary Chambers, RN, Laurie Trevino, MS (Indiana University School of Medicine); Lisa Jackman, MS, J. Scott Radcliffe, PhD (Purdue University); Susan Donahue, MBA, and John Asplin, MD (Litholink, Inc.)

Journal Reference:

1. Sharon M. Moe, Miriam P. Zidehsarai, Mary A. Chambers, Lisa A. Jackman, J. Scott Radcliffe, Laurie L. Trevino, Susan E. Donahue, and John R. Asplin. Vegetarian Compared with Meat Dietary Protein Source and Phosphorus Homeostasis in Chronic Kidney Disease. Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology, December 23, 2010 DOI: 10.2215/CJN.05040610

American Society of Nephrology (2010, December 23). Kidney disease patients: Vegetarian diet lowers blood and urine

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Natural Relief For IBS That You Can Do At Home

Doctors of holistic medicine have known this for years as there has been many studies published beforehand. The conventional medical doctor in the study acts like he finally put the science behind it…lol  a good study nonetheless and a simple remedy you can try at home. Click here to learn more about my digestive health service.

How Peppermint Helps to Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A new paper from scientists at the University of Adelaide, Australia, explains how peppermint, long used as a natural remedy, actually acts to relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The paper was published in the journal Pain.

University of Adelaide researchers have shown for the first time how peppermint helps to relieve, which affects up to 20% of the population.

A team of researchers from the University’s Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory described how peppermint activates an “anti-pain” channel in the colon, soothing inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract.

Peppermint has been commonly prescribed by naturopaths for many years, there has been no clinical evidence until now to demonstrate why it is so effective in relieving pain, said Dr Stuart Brierley. “Our research shows that peppermint acts through a specific anti-pain channel called TRPM8 to reduce pain sensing fibers, particularly those activated by mustard and chili. This is potentially the first step in determining a new type of mainstream clinical treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

IBS, a gastrointestinal disorder, affects about 20% of Australians and costs millions of dollars each year in lost productivity, work absenteeism and health care. It causes abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation.

“This is a debilitating condition and affects many people on a daily basis, particularly women who are twice as likely to experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” Dr Brierley says.

“Some people find their symptoms appear after consuming fatty and spicy foods, coffee and alcohol, but it is more complex than that. There appears to be a definite link between IBS and a former bout of gastroenteritis, which leaves nerve pain fibers in a heightened state, altering mechanisms in the gut wall and resulting in ongoing pain.”

According to Dr Brierley, recent floods in Queensland and Victoria could result in a spike of gastroenteritis cases in Australia due to contaminated water supplies. Case studies in Europe and Canada showed that those who contracted gastroenteritis from contaminated water supplies often experienced IBS symptoms that persisted for at least eight years.

IBS can be triggered by food poisoning, stress, a reaction to antibiotics, gastroenteritis and food intolerance, and in some cases is genetic. Symptoms often fade and then recur over a lifetime, but there is no cure.

Dr Brierley is one of 25 researchers who work to find treatments for intestinal diseases at the University of Adelaide’s Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory.

Source: ScienceDaily (Apr. 20, 2011) —

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Kidney Failure Reversed With Low Carb Diet

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Diabetics’ Kidney Failure May Be Reversed by Low Carb Diet

Mt. Sinai School of Medicine researchers have completed a study that provides the first conclusive evidence that a special high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, known as a ketogenic diet, may be able to reverse damaged kidney functioning in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic patients. In addition, the researchers identified a panel of genes, previously unreported, that is associated with kidney failure related to diabetes. The expression of these genes was reversed by the ketogenic diet.

Mice that had been bred to be genetically prone to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes were studied by Charles Mobbs, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and his research team. The diabetic mice developed diabetic kidney failure (nephropathy) and were divided into two groups; one was maintained on a regular high carbohydrate diet, and the other was switched to a ketogenic diet. The latter group showed reversed kidney failure after 8 weeks.

Dr. Mobbs states, “Our study is the first to show that a dietary intervention alone is enough to reverse this serious complication of diabetes. This finding has significant implications for the tens of thousands of Americans diagnosed with diabetic kidney failure, and possibly other complications, each year.”

The ketogenic diet is high in fats, low in carbohydrates, and contains a moderate quantity of protein; it is often prescribed for seizure control in epileptic children. Ketones are molecules produced by the body when the level of fat in the blood is high but the glucose levels are low; the ketones are then used as an energy source by many body cells instead of glucose, which keeps glucose metabolism low. Because high levels of glucose metabolism lead to kidney failure in diabetics, the researchers put forward the hypothesis that this specialized diet could block the harmful effect of excess glucose. The diet is an extreme one and not a practical long-term solution for adults. But this research shows  that short-term use of the regime – possibly as short as a month – may be enough to “reset” the expression of the newly identified gene panel, and therefore the abnormal physical process leading to kidney failure.

Another array of genes was identified by the team that is expressed in diabetic kidney failure that was not before suspected to play any role in the disease. The genes’ association with diabetic nephropathy is a result of stresses on the functioning of cells. This genetic expression was also reversed in the mice consuming the ketogenic diet.

The research group intends to continue working on the ketogenic diet’s effects and the mechanisms that make it reverse kidney failure, both in diabetics and those suffering age-related nephropathy. Dr. Mobbs speculates that the diet may be valuable in treating neurological diseases, and retinopathy, which causes blindness.

He said, “Knowing how the ketogenic diet reverses nephropathy will help us identify a drug target and subsequent pharmacological interventions that mimic the effect of the diet. We look forward to studying this promising development further.”

This study was funded partly by the National Institutes of Health and by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Source: April, 2011. ( Original article from Science Daily).

More People Getting Kidney Disease Due To Diabetes

Higher Incidence of Diabetic Kidney Disease in United States

During the last 20 years, diabetic kidney disease has become more prevalent in direct proportion to the increased incidence of diabetes during the same period, says a study published in the June 22-29, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The disorder is often found as a complication of diabetes; DKD (diabetic kidney disease) is the commonest cause of chronic kidney disease in the industrial world. About 40% of diabetes sufferers eventually get DKD. DKD is also the cause of almost 50% of new cases of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the US. The study’s authors write, “Over time, the prevalence of DKD may increase due to the expanding size of the diabetes population or decrease due to the implementation of diabetes therapies.”

Trends of incidence of DKD in the US over the last twenty years were examined by Ian H. de Boer, M.D., M.S., of the University of Washington, Seattle, and colleagues; they also assessed changes in the way disease manifested itself in diabetics over that period. Data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) from 1988-1994 (n = 15,073), NHANES 1999-2004 (n = 13,045), and NHANES 2005-2008 (n = 9,588) were included in the study. The diabetic participants were classified by levels of hemoglobin A 1c of 6.5 percent or greater, use of glucose-lowering medications, or both (n = 1,431 in NHANES III; n = 1,443 in NHANES 1999-2004; n=1,280 in NHANES 2005-2008). The definition of DKD used was either (a) diabetes with albuminuria (ratio of urine albumin to creatinine 30 mg/g or greater), or (b) impaired glomerular filtration rate (less than 60 mL/min/1.73 m 2 estimated using the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration formula), or both.

It was found that the prevalence of diabetic kidney disease in US changed as follows: 2.2% in 1998-94, 2.8% in 1999-2004, and 3.3% in 2005-2008. With the increase demographically adjusted, the increase rates were 18 percent from 1988-1994 to 1999-2004 and 34 percent from 1988-1994 to 2005-2008. The actual estimated number of people suffering DKD in the US at any given point between 1988-1994 was 3.9 million; this estimated number for 1999-2004 was 5.5 million; for 2005-2008, 6.9 million.

The percentage of diabetics who took medications to lower glucose levels went up from 56.2 to 74.2, while the usage percentage of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors rose from 11.2 to 40.6. Rates of impaired GFR increased from 14.9 percent in 1988-1994 to 17.7 percent in 2005-2008. There was a decrease in incidence of impaired albuminuria, from 27.3% to 23.7% during this time span which was not of statistical significance.

The authors sum up, “In conclusion, DKD has become more prevalent in the U.S. population over the last 2 decades and will likely contribute increasingly to health care costs and mortality. Among persons with diabetes, clinical manifestations of DKD shifted to include more impaired GFR but the prevalence of any DKD did not change despite increased use of diabetes-related medications.”

Source: July Sciencedaily

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This Diet Will Help Your Kidney (Renal) Disease

Avoiding Dialysis Through Management of Diet

“How to avoid dialysis” by Dr. Mackenzie Walser, suggests that the need for dialysis in kidney patients can be delayed with carefully controlled dietary treatment.

Among Dr. Walser’s patients were those with Nephrotic Syndrome, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Hypertensive Kidney Disease, and Diseases of the Glomeruli. For those with nephrotic syndrome, treatment with a very low protein diet supplemented by essential amino acids (and in certain cases, a low- salt diet) delayed the need for dialysis for two to twelve years, and, in one case, permanently, as the patient’s kidney disease disappeared. The same regimen was successful with patients with polycystic kidney disease; renal failure was slowed and the need for dialysis delayed, in one case indefinitely.

Patients with Hypertensive Kidney Disease were able to delay dialysis for approximately four years using the low-protein diet; those diagnosed with diseases of the Glomeruli had a similar success rate, postponing dialysis by two to five years.

Dr. Walser says that before putting any patient on dialysis, doctors have an obligation to tell the patient that there is an alternative available, namely dietary treatment including close follow-up to watch for the other conditions that could endanger a patient failing kidneys.

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Got Kidney Disease? .. Pomegranite Juice May Be Your Answer!

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Pomegranate Juice Reduces Damage to Tissues, Inflammation and Infections, Study Suggests

A new study described in a paper to be presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 43rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in Denver, CO suggests that pomegranate juice can help prevent infections and other complications in patients undergoing dialysis. These complications can be as serious as to be life-threatening, and account for a high morbidity rate among dialysis patients.

In a study run by Batya Kristal, MD, FASN (Western Galilee Hospital, in Nahariya, Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel), PhD candidate, Lilach Shema, and other colleagues, about 100 dialysis patients received either pomegranate juice or a placebo three times a week at the start of their dialysis sessions for one year.

Tests found that those patients who were given pomegranate juice suffered less inflammation and less free-radical induced oxidative stress. They also experienced fewer infections and thus fewer hospitalizations. This confirms previous studies suggesting that pomegranate juice contains effective anti-oxidants.

Other recent investigations have shown that drinking pomegranate juice can improve high blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors, leading to fewer cardiovascular events. Similar results have been found in other at-risk groups, but it has additional importance for kidney disease patients because they usually die from infections or cardiovascular reasons.

Dr. Kristal said, “Considering the expected epidemic of CKD in the next decade, further clinical trials using pomegranate juice aimed at reducing the high cardiovascular morbidity of CKD patients and their deterioration to end-stage renal disease should be conducted.”

The researchers also suggest that drinking pomegranate juice (with carefully regulated potassium content, since potassium levels must be controlled, especially in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients.

Study co-authors include Ronit Geron, MD, Galina Shapiro, Shifra Sela, PhD (Western Galilee Hospital), and Liora Ore (University of Haifa).

The study was supported by the Chief Scientist Office of the Ministry of Health, Israel; Jess & Midred Fisher Family Cardiology Research Fund, and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Technion, Israel.

“One Year of Pomegranate Juice Consumption Decreases Oxidative Stress, Inflammation and Incidence of Infections in Hemodialysis Patients,” [TH-FC059] will be presented as an oral presentation on November 18, 2010 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.

Story Source: ScienceDaily (Nov. 19, 2010) —

Eat Your Protein To Lose Weight! Especially If Your A Menopausal Women …

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Eating Protein Throughout the Day Preserves Muscle and Physical Function in Dieting Postmenopausal Women, Study Suggests

Women trying to lose weight after menopause should be careful to consume enough protein, a new study suggests. The study, by the University of Illinois, found that eating protein all through the day helped dieters lose more weight by suppressing the feeling of hunger, and also helped them maintain valuable muscle mass.

Ellen Evans, a former U of I associate professor of kinesiology and community health and member of the university’s Division of Nutritional Sciences, said, “A higher-protein weight-loss diet is more protective of muscle.”

The scientists studied how body composition affects physical functionality.  Dieting by post-menopausal women can lead to muscle loss, which in turn can lead to loss of function, according to researcher Mina Mojtahedi; “That loss can affect their strength, balance, and how well they perform everyday tasks, such as climbing stairs and getting up out of a chair.”

Women consuming more protein lost 3.9 percent more weight and had a relative gain of 5.8 percent more thigh muscle volume than woman who did not, said Mojtahedi. The study indicates that higher protein intake during weight loss can help maintain more muscle relative to the amount of weight lost. Women who achieve a healthy weight while maintaining sufficient muscle mass should be able to preserve their mobility and thus their independence longer.

“When a woman has less weight to carry, even if she’s lost a bit of lean mass in her legs, the effect is that she has better physical function,” she said.

The researchers tracked 31 postmenopausal overweight women following a diet designed around the USDA’s My Pyramid. Participants were divided into two groups; one received a protein supplement to take twice a day, and the other received a carbohydrate supplement. All participants were encouraged to exercise (walking and stretching) and given diet education, including examples of healthy daily menus and a scale to measure portion size.

All the women were assessed for strength, balance, and the ability to perform ordinary minor tasks like walking 50 feet, standing up five times from a chair, and lifting a book 12 inches above shoulder height before and after the study. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was also used to measure muscle volume of the right thigh, the fat around the thigh, and the fat in the thigh muscle.

Strength decreased as weight decreased for both groups. But the researchers say that an increase in the amount of muscle relative to fat benefited both balance and performance. And carrying a healthy weight helped them in other ways. “We hypothesize that more vigorous exercise — in particular, resistance training — would preserve even more muscle,” Evans said.

The study concluded that simply adjusting the content and timing of their meals would help postmenopausal women stay healthy while losing weight.

Mojtahedi said, “We believe it’s important to eat protein in the morning and through the day so those amino acids are always available. Unfortunately, American women tend not to eat much protein, especially when they’re trying to cut calories. But it’s easy to add protein powder into a smoothie or eat a high-protein snack and incorporate a healthier diet into a busy lifestyle.”

Story Source: ScienceDaily (Aug. 11, 2011) —

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – It’s REAL And Not In Your Head

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Proof: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Is Not “In Your Head”

Science Daily, August 2010. The distressing complex of symptoms known as irritable bowel syndrome is quite common – an estimated 10% of the population suffers from recurrent gas, constipation, diarrhea, stomach cramps and nausea that until recently have not been shown to have an identifiable physical cause. As a result of this, many IBS sufferers have also had to deal with the label of “hypochondriac”.

However, a team of German biologists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have succeeded in discovering tiny inflammations in the mucous lining of the gut, which have the effect of disrupting the sensitive balance of the bowel, and making the whole enteric nervous system hypersensitive.

The symptoms are more than just annoying, and constant trips to the bathroom can by joined by headache, backache, and sleep disturbance. Seven million Germans are estimated to have IBS. The suspicion of hypochondria, and the fact that attempts to treat the problem have been derailed because no organic cause could be shown, has made matters harder for both sufferers and their doctors. The Munich study changes this by identifying previously hidden causes.

The TUM research team, headed by Prof. Michael Schemann, used ultra-fast optical measuring techniques to show that an IBS patient’s enteric nervous system is sensitized by tiny inflammations of the gut’s mucous lining. Specifically, mediators from mast cells and enterochromaffin cells activate the bowel’s nerve cells, and the resulting hypersensivity gets in the way of normal interaction between the mucous membranes and their nerves. Professor Schemann says, “The irritated mucosa releases increased amounts of neuroactive substances such as serotonin, histamine and protease. This cocktail produced by the body could be the real cause of the unpleasant IBS complaints.”

This study is, and is leading to, cutting edge research in human biology. The Munich researchers are currently studying the correlation between the degree of nerve sensitization and the severity of symptoms experienced by the patient. Collaborating with colleagues from Amsterdam, they have been able to show the importance of their initial results on the clinical level. IBS symptoms have successfully been improved after patients received an antihistamine with known immune-stabilizing properties when used for treating allergies like hay fever. With support funding from the German Research foundation (DFG) the team is seeking correlations between symptom improvement and possible improvement of gut nerve activity.

If they are able to identify the active components of IBS, drugs can be developed that can treat this common and painful disease. Even at this early stage, IBS suffers are getting some relief from the Munich team’s proof that irritable bowel syndrom is not “in their heads”.

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The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Technische Universitaet Muenchen.

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Natural Remedies For Heartburn/Acid Reflux During Pregnancy

How to Alleviate Heartburn in Pregnancy

December 2007, Science Daily. One of the commonest problems for pregnant women is heartburn. It usually shows up in the first trimester, and worsens as pregnancy progresses. According to various studies, pregnancy heartburn may be due to a combination of higher levels of progesterone and pressure on the abdominal organs from the uterus as it enlarges, causing lowered esophageal sphincter (LES) pressure. The lower pressure then makes it easier for stomach contents and acid to get back into the esophagus.

These studies were referred to in the updated monograph “Pregnancy in Gastrointestinal Disorders” monograph by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). Based on the monograph, a group of experts from ACG have put together a compilation of tips for reducing heartburn for pregnant women. It also advises about heartburn medications that are safe or unsafe during pregnancy.

How to ease heartburn discomfort when pregnant

If you’re pregnant and having heartburn symptoms, the ACG advises the following simple lifestyle and diet tips to reduce and relieve discomfort.

  • Don’t eat late at night or just before bed. Avoid common heartburn-causing items like chocolate, spicy or greasy foods, tomato sauces, peppermint, carbonated drinks, citrus fruits, and caffeine.
  • Wear loose clothing. Anything that binds tightly at the waist and causes pressure on the abdomen and lower esophageal sphincter area (just below your chest) should be loosened – or left in the closet until you’re not pregnant!
  • Smaller meals are best. Big filling meals in the stomach can lead to acid reflux and heartburn.
  • Don’t lie down just after eating, and let at least 3 hours go by after a meal before you turn in for the night. In a lying-down position, stomach contents, including stomach acid, can more easily back up into the esophagus. This is especially true when you go to bed on a full stomach.
  • Raise the head of your bed by 4-6 inches to keep stomach contents from getting back into the lower esophagus, thus avoiding acid reflux.
  • Eliminate alcohol and tobacco, or at the very least avoid them whenever possible. Cutting them out not only reduces acid reflux, but protects the developing fetus from harmful substances.

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