Artist Health

Artist Health: Tekno “off to America” for Acid Reflux treatment, time for a new diet and lifestyle change?

Last week, ‘Pana’ crooner and newly signed Sony artist Tekno announced he was flying to the United States of America, from Nigeria, to treat an acid reflux problem that had worsened.

A few things:

  1. It remains unacceptable that Nigeria’s health care system is so bad people who can afford to have to fly for health issues that should and can be easily resolved in Nigeria.
  2. When Acid reflux hits, it is a hint to probably begin looking at a diet and lifestyle change. The diet and lifestyles of many recording artists, especially those who are highly sought simply lends itself to short and long-term health problems. AML artists, you’ve got to take the initiative to take control of your health by making the necessary adjustments and be disciplined in how you practice your craft. This helps ensure a sustainable career. After all, what’s talent if your health prevents you from doing anything with it?

Here is an excerpt of what WEBMD.com has to say about treating acid reflux with diet and lifestyle changes:

“What Causes Acid Reflux Disease?

One common cause of acid reflux disease is a stomach abnormality called a hiatal hernia. This occurs when the upper part of the stomach and LES move above the diaphragm, a muscle that separates your stomach from your chest. Normally, the diaphragm helps keep acid in our stomach. But if you have a hiatal hernia, acid can move up into your esophagus and cause symptoms of acid reflux disease.

These are other common risk factors for acid reflux disease:

  • Eating large meals or lying down right after a meal
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Eating a heavy meal and lying on your back or bending over at the waist
  • Snacking close to bedtime
  • Eating certain foods, such as citrus, tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, or spicy or fatty foods
  • Drinking certain beverages, such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, or tea
  • Smoking
  • Being pregnant
  • Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, certain muscle relaxers, or blood pressure medications…” – WEBmd.com

Can Acid Reflux Disease Be Treated With Diet and Lifestyle Changes?

One of the most effective ways to treat acid reflux disease is to avoid the foods and beverages that trigger symptoms. Here are other steps you can take:

  • Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Put blocks under the head of your bed to raise it at least 4 inches to 6 inches.
  • Don’t eat at least 2 to 3 hours before lying down.
  • Try sleeping in a chair for daytime naps.
  • Don’t wear tight clothes or tight belts.
  • If you’re overweight or obese, take steps to lose weight with exercise and diet changes.
  • Also, ask your doctor whether any medication could be triggering your heartburn or other symptoms of acid reflux disease.

Visit WebMD.com for more information

Photo Credit: Tekno Facebook Fan Page

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