GERD (Gastroesophangeal Reflux Disease) or Acid Reflux is one of the most common digestive GERD (Gastroesophangeal Reflux Disease) that is affecting a large number of people. It occurs when the acid from the stomach content refluxes back into the esophagus and thus producing a number of symptoms like heartburn and acid regurgitation.
Acid Reflux is commonly treated through prescribed and over the counter medications. However, these drugs are proven to have side effects in the long run as warned by the FDA. A healthier alternative it so resort to natural means to get rid of GERD.
Here are the top top natural remedies for acid reflux and heartburn.
1. Avoid foods and beverages that trigger heartburn. As they say, prevention is the key. These foods either produce acids in the stomach or weaken the lower esophageal sphincter. These are fried and fatty foods, citrus and tomato products, spicy foods, alcoholic beverages, caffeinated drinks like soda, tea and coffee…and yes, even chocolate.
2. Eat smaller meals instead of 3 big ones. The key is to keep your stomach comfortable and not full. Large meals fill up the stomach and puts pressure in the esophagus muscles causing it to splash the contents of the stomach up into the esophagus.
3. Make a few lifestlye changes. If you are overweight, try to lose some pounds. Avoid smoking cigarettes and tobaccos. And finally, reduce your stress and try to exercise regularly.
4. Home remedies for acid reflux and heartburn include baking soda, apple cider vinegar and aloe vera. You can mix 1-2 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar with 8 oz of water and take it when you are experiencing signs of heartburn. You can also try a teaspoon of baking soda mix with 8 oz of water. Aloe vera, in the form of juice or capsules is also proven to be effective because of the healing properties of its plant extract.
5. Chew gum for 30 minutes after a meal. This increases the production of saliva which in turn helps to wash away whatever content is left in the esophagus.
6. Fruits like apples, papaya and pineapple contains enzymes that can help in reducing acid reflux.
7. Herbs like chamomille flowers, ginger root, bay leaves and dill seeds are also reported to help reduce the symptoms.
8. Avoid lying down right after a heavy meal or snack. This can exert pressure on your stomach and can in turn result in acid being refluxed into the esophagus.
9. Avoid vigorous exercise or any activity that requires stooping or bending over.
10. Minimize or avoid medications that irritate the lining of the esophagus and stomach. Such as iron or potassium supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs. You can ask your doctor more about this.