Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux

Heartburn is a common and unpleasant resurgance of stomach acid into the esophagus. Sufferers may feel as though there’s a fire burning in their chest, up their esophagus and behind the breastbone or sternum. In most cases it is the result of weakness in the lower esophageal sphincter which causes the muscle not to close tightly and instead allows stomach acid to travel up the esophagus and damage the delicate esophageal lining. While most people will experience heartburn infrequently from eating spicy foods or over-indulging, those who experience it regularly after eating will want to visit a doctor. Repeated exposure to stomach acid will wear away the lining of the esophagus and may lead to esophageal cancer. If you feel you have acid reflux or heartburn frequently, keep a diary listing what foods you’re eating, when it hits and what you were doing at the time.

How can I prevent Acid Reflux?

  • Infrequent heartburn can be prevented and frequent heartburn eliminated by following some simple lifestyle changes.
  • Don’t go to bed with a full stomach; eat at least 2 hours before bed.
  • Don’t overeat.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Wear loose-ftting clothes, avoid tight belts and instead check out suspenders.
  • Lose some weight; being overweight can increase pressure on the stomach.
  • Stop smoking; nicotine weakens the esophageal sphincter.

What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

  • Heartburn or indigestion; the feeling of burning inside the chest behind the sternum or breastbone
  • Regurgiation of food into the esophagus and sometimes mouth.
  • Constant, severe chest pain
  • Difficulty in swallowing foods and liquids
  • Sore throat or hoarseness combined with other symptoms.
  • Lung and tooth damage from frequent heartburn.

How do I get rid of acid reflux?

Start treating your acid reflux by giving your esophagus a chance to heal. Stick to soft foods, and avoid smoking, carbonated drinks, alcohol and spicy foods for about a week while you try these other remedies!

  • Drink lots of water. Water helps to neutrally flush the acid back into the stomach.
  • Chew sugar-free gum; this helps produce more saliva which is acid neutralizing.
  • Enjoy an apple; they help to calm the stomach and prevent increased acid production.
  • Eat veggies that help to neutralize acid in the stomach such as cabbage, carrots, cucumber, celery, zucchini and beets.
  • Eat foods rich in calcium but try to avoid milk as the fat can worsen acid reflux.
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