7 Home Remedies For Acid Reflux
Natural Remedies For Acid Reflux Offer Symptom Relief
Do you or a loved one suffer with acid reflux? There are home remedies for acid reflux which offer relief. If you’re reading this article, the chances are you or someone you care about suffers from what doctors now call an epidemic in the United States.
The degree to which the symptoms of acid reflux are experienced varies widely among those who suffer from them. Their triggers are also just as varied. Some of the common symptoms are stomach pain after eating, coughing, erosion on the surface of teeth, burning in throat and chest, nausea, belching, sour taste in the mouth, vomiting and symptoms of asthma like wheezing.
Acid reflux is called GERD (Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease) once the “heartburn” has become an ongoing problem for someone. Some foods are blamed as the culprit. For a long time spicy foods and foods containing caffeine have been blamed as triggers, but it’s now known even bland foods can trigger the symptoms in many people.
It’s important to remember the symptoms are just that, symptoms. While foods can irritate the condition they are not the root cause. As with many of our ailments, modern medicine only treats the symptoms. The solution is not to cure the problem, but to take a pill to cover it up.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We’re all familiar with this wise old saying, but do we realize how true it is? There are a few simple things we can do to prevent an episode of acid reflux.
I know everyone is tired of hearing it, but excess weight around the mid-section needs to come off. It can be a slow process, but one in which small steps toward a healthy weight reap tremendous results in the whole body. Determine if your symptoms are related to intolerances to certain foods, such as gluten or dairy and remove those foods from your diet. Remove all processed foods and pesticide/herbicide laden foods, and GMO foods from your diet.
Given time, your body can reverse most of the damage done to your GI tract from acid reflux, especially if treated early on. While your body is recovering, there a couple of things to remember. First, don’t over eat. Overeating causes reactions in your digestive system which can lead to excessive acid production. By the same token, don’t wait a long time to eat after rising in the morning. Acid left in the raw and irritated stomach can cause symptoms.
Don’t drink coffee or tea on an empty stomach. Instead, have it with your meal. Be sure you are well hydrated especially using the apple cider vinegar recipe shared below. Also, it is important to eat a diet high in protein since your body uses protein as a main power source in healing.
My husband once suffered with acid reflux disease. I say once because it left his body when we removed GMOs, processed and pesticide/herbicide laden foods from our home. He followed the suggestions I listed above to allow his body to heal and now eats whatever he wants.
These are some of the remedies we used to help him when he had symptoms and while he was healing. Many of these are also used as home remedies for gas.
- Apple Cider Vinegar drink – Mix 1-3 teaspoons raw, organic apple cider vinegar in cool to room temperature water and drink first thing in the morning and 30 minutes before meals. We drink this all day long for the many health benefits it offers.
- Fermented Foods – Sauerkraut is the first fermented food to come to mind, but there are so many foods which can be fermented. Kombucha is my new favorite fermented food. Like sauerkraut, you can make it yourself which is even better. The probiotics in fermented foods are what helps restore and maintain the balance of healthy gut flora.
- Apple – Use both the peel and pulp. Fresh apples seemed to work best for us. Some people like applesauce, but we found the live enzymes in the apple to make a difference. I should share with you we eat the whole apple, every part of it, core and all.
- Baking Soda – 1 teaspoon of baking soda in an 8 ounce cup of room temperature water. This will cause gases to be released (burping) and will soothe the burning sensation. Baking soda is used for many health items like a baking soda toothpaste recipe, and homemade deodorant.
- Ginger Tea – I dehydrate ginger and use it to make our tea. Fresh ginger works just as well. Two pieces of ginger the size of a quarter gently boiled in 8 ounces of water for 10-15 minutes. Add raw honey if you want a sweetener. Sip slowly. This is great for nausea too. Prepackaged ginger teas are available, I would just say to be choosy about which brand you purchase.
- Aloe Vera Juice – Aloe vera is known for it’s soothing affect on burns and skin abrasions, but it is also good for the inside of the body. It can be taken according to the directions on the bottle at any time during the day. Please note, using aloe vera while pregnant or nursing is not advised.
- Raw Cultured Yogurt – This can be eaten before meals or after meals. We found it most effective after meals, using 4 ounces at a time. Raw, cultured yogurt along with green apples are a cure to food poisoning. We learned this when my husband got food poisoning the final day of his last trip to India.
It’s widely accepted that acid reflux is caused by too much acid in the stomach, but that’s not always true. It’s suggested that most cases are caused by the lack of stomach acids. The poor eating habits and stress levels of most Americans are the primary culprits. The problem is when there isn’t enough stomach acid in there, the already irritated stomach is more irritated by food rubbing on it. In response to this the body tries to produce more which leads to excess which leads to the familiar burning and chest pain.
Remember, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Don’t just mask the symptoms. Help your body find the root cause and help it to heal. Take acid reflux seriously. There are serious long term effects of leaving it unmanaged.
Do you have home remedies for acid reflux? Do you have a success story of using home remedies for acid reflux? We’d love to hear your experience.
Safe and Happy Journey,
Rhonda and The Pack