Reflux Remedy – Put Antacids in the Dustbin and Try These Effective Natural Remedies
Acid reflux or GERD can slay the joy of eating any food. It occurs when a stomach (gastric) acid regurgitates (backs up or refluxes) into the esophagus and as a result gastric acid eats away the tissue that was not meant to combat acid. It can be very painful and linger on and on. So what reflux and heartburn remedy can we use to prevent or stop this?
However, simply using antacids to manage acid reflux is not the best choice. Antacids do little more than temporarily counteract the refluxed acid. They do nothing to treat the root cause of GERD symptoms. But there are so many natural home remedies that help to minimize your chances of experiencing another attack of acid reflux. Let us take a look at some of them.
1. Drink an herbal tea, like fennel, chamomile, or cinnamon tea. It helps lower the amount of acid in the stomach.
2. Avoid processed foods, spicy and highly acidic foods from your diet. Foods like onions, tomatoes, chocolate, and citrus fruits should also be avoided as they will all raise the acidity of your stomach and causes more reflux.
3. Practice eating smaller meals that are easier to digest and reduce your chances of suffering from GERD. If you take your meals at least 3-4 hours before going to bed you will be able to thwart the symptoms of reflux. Another reflux remedy is to avoid lying down or sleeping just after a meal.
4. Chew a hard candy or chewing gum. It works by increasing saliva production and saliva is the natural antacid of body. As you ingest the excess saliva produced by chewing gum it settles the stomach and lowers the amount of acid being produced.
5. Grab a glass of whole milk, skim milk or butter milk. It is also act as a natural ant-acid that neutralizes gastric acids and thus providing a good reflux remedy.
6. Wear loose or proper fitting clothes; avoid waist bands that would exert force on the stomach thus causing acid reflux.
7. Avoid stress as much as possible as it stimulates the release of the deadly acid. Doing regular exercise or practicing yoga will help reduce your stress levels.