Natural Remedies For Acid Reflux

Natural Remedies For Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux

Nothing can ruin your hearty meal than a painful acid reflux that is commonly known as heartburn. The uncomfortable burning sensation occurs when the contents of stomach back up into esophagus. It affects millions of people every day. Acid reflux can become painful sometimes. Both food and acid splash into the food pipe, through a valve at the entrance of the stomach and result in heartburn, belching and chest pains in severe cases.  It happens to be a very common condition and is felt internally around the lower chest area.

The ring of muscle at the stomach entrance is called Lower Esophageal Sphincter or LES. As soon as food passes through it, it closes. But if LES doesn’t close completely or if is opened frequently, the stomach acid could move into your food pipe. If acid reflux symptoms occur more than twice a week, you have acid reflux disease that is called as gastroesophageal disease or GERD.

Causes And Symptoms Of Acid Reflux

The most common cause of acid reflux disease is due to a stomach abnormality called hiatal hernia. This tends to occur when the upper part of the stomach, along with LES, move above the diaphragm which is the muscle that separates our stomach from our chest. It helps in keeping the acid produced by the stomach inside stomach. If you are suffering from hiatal hernia, the acid moves up into your esophagus causing the symptoms of acid reflux disease.

Listed below are the normal causes of acid reflux disease:

  • Snacking near bedtime
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Eating heavy meal and lying in bed or bending (you are required to be in an upright position for 3 hours after having full meal)
  • Being obese or overweight
  • Lying down right after a meal
  • Taking certain muscle relaxers, blood pressure medications, aspirins and ibuprofen
  • Eating certain food items like fatty foods, spicy foods, tomatoes, citrus, caffeine and alcohol
  • Drinking certain beverages like coffee, tea, carbonated drinks and alcohol

Listed below are the common symptoms of acid reflux:

  • Heartburn, that is a discomfort and burning sensation that may move from the stomach to the chest/abdomen and even up into your throat
  • Sour and bitter taste of acid backing up into your throat/mouth
  • Black/bloody stools with bloody vomiting
  • Burping
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Wheezing, dry cough, hoarseness or sore throat
  • Dysphagia , which is the narrowing of your esophagus that creates the sensation of stuck food in your throat
  • Hiccups that do not let up

People who experience frequent acid reflux symptoms experience them at night. And GERD at nighttime produces the most pain but the level of pain doesn’t always indicate the degree of damage to your esophagus.

Natural Remedies For Acid Reflux

There is a lot that you can do to control heartburn right in the comfort of your home. Though over-the-counter medications for heartburn are effective, natural home remedies help you in getting much needed relief. These home remedies are great for soothing the heartburn and putting you at ease:

  • Baking Soda:

All the old wives’ tales shall tell you about sodium bicarbonate, better known as baking soda, as the best way to treat heartburn. Take a full teaspoon of baking soda with water to soothe the burning sensation of heartburn that is caused by acid reflux. It is able to do that due to its base substance. Baking soda has pH higher than 7.0 which neutralizes the stomach acid. This means that when your LES brings up acid to your throat, you do not get a burn.

  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar:

Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in four ounces of water before meals. It helps you in digestion and calms the stomach. It works perfectly well for acute episodes of acid reflux and provides immediate relief.

  • Almonds:

Every time you eat something, take 3-4 almonds afterwards. Organic almonds are the best choice. Almonds help in neutralizing the juices in your stomach and both relieves and prevents instances of heartburn.

  • Aloe:

The aloe plant is used to soothe burns usually. It does the same for stomach as well. Drinking up aloe juice reduces inflammation both in esophagus and stomach. Drink ½ cup of juice before meals. Look for those that do not have laxative component.

  • Slippery Elm:

For centuries people have been using slippery elm for remedial purposes and treating illnesses, including GERD symptoms. Slippery elm tree extract helps in thickening the stomach lining. This creates a strong barrier against acid. For reducing heartburn, mix few tablespoons in water and drink before bedtime and after meals.

  • Mustard:

Mustard is enriched with minerals and in the form of vinegar, contains a weak acid, as well. Mustard is an alkalizing food and consuming mustard is great for soothing heartburns. It neutralizes the acid of stomach that rises up in your throat and soothes the acid reflux pain.

  • Chewing Gum:

Apart from eliminating sharp smells like garlic and keeping your mouth fresh, chewing gum after meal is great to fight off acid reflux. Chewing gum stimulates the flow rate of saliva, thus producing more of saliva. With this, the acid that might have been accumulated in the gut is cleared and washed up quickly. Chew on sugar-free gum for 30-minutes after consuming a meal.

  • Apple and Banana:

There are antacids in bananas that act as shield against acid reflux. Let few bananas ripen up at home and eat one every day. It is an effective and simple home remedy.  Another option you can try is eating an apple every day. Both of these fruits work effectively against acid reflux.

  • Licorice:

There is limited research on this but licorice has been said to ease heartburn. The contents of the stomach are acidic and licorice contains natural healing characteristics.  Too much licorice is not wise, best to get chewable DGL licorice tablets from natural food stores and eat before you eat a meal.

Next time you feel acid reflux, try these natural remedies.

Make it natural, make it easy,