Heartburn is characterized by uncomfortable burning sensation around the lower chest region due to stomach acid moving upwards to the esophagus. The act of stomach acid moving towards the throat is what is called acid reflux. It is possible to have acid reflux without heartburn but it is not possible to have heartburn without acid reflux.
Severe acid reflux is what is called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
Factors such as smoking, certain food, obesity, malfunctioning of the lower esophageal sphincter muscles can increase the likelihood of having acid reflux/heartburn.
Common symptoms of GERD include; dry cough, sore throat, chest pain, nausea, and sour taste in the mouth. Serious complications that could arise from GERD, if left untreated, include; esophageal cancer and Barrett’s esophagus.
Here are tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with GERD and heartburns;
- If you are overweight, lose the excess weight.
- Avoid consuming really heavy meals especially when you are going to bed soon.
- Avoid heartburn/ acid reflux triggers such as coffee, carbonated drinks, smoking cigarettes, eating spicy or fried foods, and eating chocolate.
- You could elevate the head of your bed, usually by using pillows, to help prevent acid reflux while you sleep.
- You could take a red apple, or a few almonds after your meal. You could also include probiotics, such as yogurt, in your meals.
Below are 17 natural home remedies and treatments for acid reflux and heartburn;
Slippery elm has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that help in heartburn and acid reflux relief. Slippery elm also has high levels of mucilage that coat the esophagus and stomach lining. Mix slippery elm in hot water. Leave to steep for 110 minutes. Strain and drink the water.
Cumin seeds help in digestion as they reduce digestive problems such as acidity. Add cumin seed spice to food while cooking.
Licorice root has stomach healing properties. This makes it good for relieving heartburn and acid reflux. Boil half teaspoon of licorice root in water. Strain and drink the water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is very effective for acid reflux. It is potent in aiding in the digestion process and helps balance pH of the stomach. Dilute apple cider vinegar with water and drink.
Chamomile tea helps reduce inflammation because of its anti-inflammatory properties which may help provide acid reflux relief. It also relieves you of stress which can trigger acid reflux. Take chamomile tea before meal.
Baking soda is a common antacid and helps provide quick relief from acid reflux and heartburn. Mix half teaspoon of baking soda in water and drink for quick relief.
The vinegar, in yellow mustard, is a weak acid that helps neutralize the stomach acid. Thus, providing relief from your heartburn and acid reflux. Lick one teaspoon of yellow mustard before meal for quick relief.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing gum, after meal, stimulates the production of saliva. This dilutes any acid build up in the gut.
Obesity is a risk factor to acid reflux and heart burn. Thus, losing 10 percent of body fat can help reduce these symptoms.
Aloe vera has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Drink aloe vera juice for quick relief. However, do not consume in excess as aloe vera has laxative properties also.
Ginger helps in many digestive issues such as nausea, vomiting, and acid reflux. You can add to food as spice or take ginger root tea.
A cup of warm water and lemon juice, in the morning, would also help stabilize your body pH levels.
Fennel is capable of suppressing stomach spasms due to its antispasmodic properties. Fennel also aids in digestion. Chew half spoon of fennel after meal.
Drop Bad Habits
Smoking is a risk factor that causes increased heartburn and acid reflux.
Eat Ripe Bananas
Bananas are natural antacids that help stabilize the stomach pH levels. This would help prevent acid reflux or heartburn.
Marshmallow has anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it helps to soothe the esophagus and stomach lining. Soak marshmallow roots in water for about 5 hours. Strain the water and drink it.
Almond can stabilize your body alkalinity levels which would help balance your stomach pH. Thus, helping to bring relief to heartburn and acid reflux.
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