Acid Reflux: 20 Natural Remedies (Heartburn)

Acid refluxAcid reflux is not always caused by excessive acid in the stomach

Acid reflux is a symptom more commonly related to hiatal hernia, excess weight, poor diet choices, alcohol, pregnancy and sometimes medications.

It’s an extremely common health problem, affecting as many as 30 to 40% of the western world. In fact, it is a global problem. Other terms used for this condition are gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The commonest symptom suffered from acid reflux is heartburn. It presents in the form of a burning pain or discomfort just below your breastbone. 

Heartburn and indigestion will be experienced by most people at some point in their lives. While this can be uncomfortable and annoying, most cases will be mild. However, when severe heartburn is experience nearly all the time, it could be GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease.

There are several medications that doctors prescribe for GERD but they don’t cure they only suppress the symptoms. Often the side effects can cause more damage or discomfort than the original problem including more acid. There are over 16,000 articles in the medical literature showing that suppressing stomach acid does not address the problem. It only temporarily treats the symptoms.

Acid refluxAlso common medications that can cause problems with acid are; anxiety medications, antidepressants, antibiotics, blood pressure medications, nitroglycerin, osteoporosis drugs, and pain relievers. Some medications are best taken on an empty stomach, while others are less likely to cause side effects like heartburn when taken with a meal.

In many cases though, acid reflux is caused by not having enough acid in your stomach, rather than having too much. So taking antacids could make the problem worst. The apple cider vinegar would help address that problem.

Foods that tend to aggravate the digestive tract

  • Alcohol, particularly wine
  • Raw onions
  • Carbonated drinks and sodas
  • Chocolates and sweets
  • Coffee and caffeinated drinks
  • Fatty foods such as pastries, cheese, dairy and cream
  • Spicy foods such as pizza, chili and curry
  • Anything made of pastry, sweet or savoury

If you suffer with ulcers as well, regularly taking a tea spoon of Manuca honey before bed can be very beneficial. Honey kills the bad bacteria and will help to destroy the bacterium Helicobacter pylori which is believed to cause the ulcers. Very often GERD and ulcers are related in the symptoms of heartburn.

It stands to reason that if your digestion is not working properly then your body is not getting enough nutrients. Bad digestion is the beginning of disease in the stomach and gastrointestinal system which if not corrected, leads onto disease elsewhere in the body.

Chronic inflammation (a prolonged state of low-level, smoldering inflammation, lasting months-to-years) can hurt or even kill you. We now recognize that chronic inflammation is involved in the development and progression of almost every chronic disease…including cancer.

20 natural remedies and tips for good digestion

  1. Eat more fermented foods like vegetables, kefir, yogurt and sauerkraut.
  2. Probiotics and prebiotics to feed the stomach good bacteria
  3. Increase your water intake
  4. Get more regular exercise
  5. Use a good quality salt like sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, high in minerals and helps in the production of hydrochloric acid. This aids the digestion.
  6. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, helps with putting back the good bacteria and aids good digestion.
  7. One teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in a glass of water may ease the burn of acid.
  8. The juice of the aloe plant naturally helps reduce inflammation, which may ease symptoms.
  9. Ginger root has been found to have a gastro-protective effect by blocking acid.
  10. Chamomile tea, which can help soothe stomach inflammation and help you sleep
  11. Vitamin D, either through the sun or a D3 supplement. Helps reduce risk of infection.
  12. Astaxanthin has been found to reduce excess acid.
  13. Slippery elm coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines, and contains antioxidants that can help address inflammatory bowel conditions.
  14. Glutamine is an amino acid which addresses intestinal damage. It can be found in many foods, including beef, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables. Its also available as a supplement.
  15. Mega B supplement.  Folic acid intake was found to reduce acid reflux by approximately 40 percent. Low vitamin B2 and B6 levels were also linked to an increased risk for acid reflux. You can raise your folate levels by eating folate-rich whole foods, such as liver, asparagus, spinach, okra, and beans.
  16. The Journal of Dental Research conducted a study that showed people with symptoms of GERD, or chronic heartburn, experienced relief when they chewed a piece of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal.
  17. Eat a banana because they contain natural antacids that can act as a buffer against acid reflux.
  18. Maintain a healthy weight, being overweight increases your risk of GERD, and you’re going to suffer from occasional heartburn a lot more as well.
  19. Mustard is a food with alkalising properties, it will help neutralize the acid that causes the heartburn.
  20. Breakfast with oatmeal.
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