Acid Reflux also known as GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (refluxes or backs up) into the esophagus. The regurgitated liquid usually contains acid and pepsin that are produced by the stomach. This can cause a very uncomfortable and sometimes even painful feeling.
Luckily there are quite a few easy natural home remedies for acid reflux that can help break down or eliminate that acid and discomfort.
Acid reflux can be caused by quite a few things, however it is usually associated with eating certain disagreeing foods and/or sleeping positions.
Possible Causes of Acid Reflux,
* Hiatal Hernia
* Being overweight or obese
* Lying on your back or bending over at the waist after eating a heavy meal
* Snacking too close to bedtime or lying down right after a meal
* Taking aspirin, ibuprofen or other medications such muscle relaxers or blood pressure medications
* Some exercises may cause acid reflux by increasing the pressure in the abdominal cavity
* Eating or drinking items such as: Fatty foods, chocolate, foods containing tomato sauce, spicy foods, mint, garlic and onions, some citrus fruits, coffee or tea, alcohol, or carbonated beverages
Possible Symptoms of Acid Reflux,
* Heartburn or a burning pain in the chest (under felt under the breastbone)
* More likely occurs at night or worsens at night
* Feeling that food may be left trapped (behind the breastbone)
* Increases when bending, stooping, lying down, or eating
* Can be relieved by antacids
* Feeling nauseous after eating
Less common but possible symptoms
* Difficulty swallowing
* Coughing or Wheezing
* Sore Throat
* Hoarseness or change in voice
* Regurgitation of food
Home Remedies for Acid Reflux
* Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is an awesome product to have around the house because it works so well for so many home remedies. It is actually one of quickest and most effective remedies for Acid Reflux symptoms. There are two ways you can use Apple Cider Vinegar. You can simply swallow a teaspoon of it on its own when symptoms appear (though that might be a little painful and strong tasting) or you can dilute it.
The recommended way to use Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux is to mix 2 teaspoons of it into a glass of water. You can also add 2 tablespoons of honey. This will not only make it taste better but honey is also a great natural remedy for acid reflux so it pack a double wallop.
* Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera Juice would probably be considered the second best way to get rid of Acid Reflux. You should be able to find Aloe Vera Juice at just about any local health store (such as GNC). If you are not a fan of the flavor however you can also buy Aloe Vera in tablet or caplet form that will work just as well. Just take it 2 or 3 times a day with a full glass of water. (Also be sure that you are not allergic to Aloe.)
* Eat Apples
Apples are another great way to alleviate symptoms of acid reflux. Simply eat a half an apple at the end of each meal. Some say that organic apples might work a little better than Red Delicious or Granny Smith’s, but there seems to be no real proof to back up that claim.
* Use Baking Soda
Baking soda – the remedy recommended by Grandmas everywhere! Baking soda is great for combating acid. The general rule of thumb is to add about a half a teaspoon of baking soda to 1-3 ounces of water. Mix until well dissolved and drink. (Please note however that this is a temporary solution only. Continual daily use might actually backfire and cause your body to produce even more acid over time.)
* Drink Pickle Juice
While it might sound a little odd, drinking some pickle juice right out of the pickle jar in your fridge can help relieve GERD or acid reflux as well. If you don’t find the idea of drinking the juice by itself too appealing, eat a pickle along with it while taking some sips of juice.
* Try Plain Yogurt
All good quality yogurts contain beneficial digestive bacteria which will help combat acid reflux. It needs to be plain yogurt however because the ones that contain certain fruits can actually further aggravate acid reflux symptoms.
* Eat Almonds
If you are an almonds fan, then you just got lucky. Eating as few as 5 or 6 almonds (either roasted or raw) can help reduce acid reflux. (You should obviously not use this remedy if you are allergic to almonds however.)
* Try Mustard
Mustard – the yellow kind you use on hotdogs – is another great acid reflux reducer. Simply eat one tablespoon of mustard and you should see your reflux disappear.
* Drink Lemon Water or Lemonade
Lemons are also very good for curing acid reflux or GERD. You can either squeeze a fresh lemon into a glass of water and drink it, pour some lemon juice into water and drink or you can just keep a pitcher of lemonade handy in the fridge just for these occasions. (It is probably best to avoid heavily sugared brands however.)
* Sleep on Your Left Side to Prevent Acid Reflux
This simple remedy is for those of you who often suffer from acid reflux at night while sleeping. Simply turning and sleeping on your left side should give you some relief.
When to See a Doctor For Acid Reflux,
If you find you are suffering from any of the following symptoms you should visit a doctor.
Weight loss, difficulty or pain with swallowing, chronic sore throat, blood in vomit, black or maroon colored stools, asthma-like symptoms, such as wheezing or dry cough or hiccups that don’t let up.
Sometimes people can confuse heart attack symptoms for acid reflux. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following symptoms 911 or an ambulance should be called:
Chest pain, pressure, or fullness lasting more than a few minutes (or that goes away and comes back). Sweating along with chest pains, shortness of breath (with or without chest pain) pain or discomfort in your shoulder, neck or jaw, lightheadedness or nausea or dizziness.
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