Strengthen the Sphincter Muscle by Avoiding Certain Foods

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The sphincter muscle we are speaking about is the one that connects the esophagus to the stomach. Over time this muscle can weaken or begin to work improperly and start to fail; when the sphincter fails, it allows food and acid from the stomach to regurgitate and work its way back up through the esophagus.
Heartburn is a common symptom of the sphincter not working properly, and can cause damage to the esophageal lining if it is not taken care of. If you allow the heartburn to continue, you can cause ulcers to form in the esophagus, making it more difficult to swallow, and thus creating larger problems that could have been avoided, if treated properly in a timely manner.

What are the foods that I should avoid?

If you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, there are certain foods that you should avoid that can hinder the proper function of the stomach valve, and they are as follows:
· Foods that are high in acid, including orange juice, tomato juice, tomatoes and lemons
· Raw onions
· Chicken nuggets
· Ice cream
· Smoking
· Alcohol

The sphincter muscle sometimes receives mixed messages from your stomach due to these foods; it will sometimes sense the acid in the esophagus and open thinking you are in the process of eating. Sometimes when performing activities during a highly acidic meal your stomach valve will open voluntarily, when in fact, you have finished your meal and what it is sensing is the acid working its way back up to the esophagus.
If you want to reduce your problems with heartburn and strengthen your sphincter muscle you should be eating food such as the following:
· Fresh apples or bananas
· Green vegetables
· Unsalted almonds, unsalted soda biscuits
· Egg whites, fish (not fried)
· Rice; brown or white

This is just a short list of foods that will help to reduce your risk of heartburn and keep that sphincter muscle working properly.
What are some exercises I can do to tighten my stomach valve?
Before talking about exercises we need to discuss a couple of the risk factors for a stomach valve that is not working properly, you have heard them all before with several different illnesses, so they will come to no surprise to you here. First you must maintain a healthy weight, second; you should quit smoking and third; lower the amount of spicy food intake. Now that we have discussed the risk factors, here is the best exercise to improve your sphincter muscle health.
· In the standing position- take in a deep breath through your nose and try to hold it for 5 seconds then exhale through your mouth very slowly. Repeat this exercise several times a day. Not only will it help your heartburn, it will decrease added anxiety that is a base cause of heartburn and acid reflux.

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