Acid Reflux Natural Treatments

These acid reflux natural treatments may be the solution to your problem. Let’s hope so.  Acid reflux can range in severity from a minor annoyance to a debilitating condition.  But it is a potentially dangerous condition, as it has been linked to cancer of the esophagus, that shouldn’t be ignored. That's why it is so important to treat it.

There are numerous prescription and non-prescription drugs on the market for acid reflux.  They have provided relief to many sufferers, but some do not respond to them.  And they're not without side effects, either.  Some studies have linked proton pump inhibitors, the type of drug usually prescribed for acid reflux, to an increased incidence of pneumonia.  Some of these drugs can also cause other gastrointestinal problems, and they may interfere with the absorption of other drugs.

These concerns have lead many acid reflux sufferers to seek more natural treatment options. 

Acid Reflux Natural Treatments

Fresh Ginger Tea with Lemon

Here are some reflux natural treatments you can try if you want to get rid of acid reflux without medication..

1. Herbs

Ginger

Ginger is one of the most popular herbs for digestive problems. It is frequently used for acid reflux natural treatments since it can be very effective and is easy to use. It helps by relieving pain and inflammation and killing bacteria that aggravate the condition.  It is important to use it in moderation, however, because overdoing it could make your heartburn worse.

Bladderwrack

Bladderwrack is a type of seaweed whose stem is used medicinally.  It contains alginic acid, which is used in mainstream heartburn drugs such as Gaviscon.

Aloe vera

Aloe is best known as an effective treatment for sunburn and other skin irritations.  But it has also been shown to be good for acid reflux.  It can be taken in capsule or juice form two or three times a day.

Licorice

Licorice, or liquorice ,  has anti-inflammatory properties, and it has been studied for use in gastrointestinal issues , heartburn, peptic ulcer disease, and gastritis.  It is also a natural antacid.  It may be taken in tea, or you can buy chewable deglycyrrhizinated (DGL) licorice tablets.  They can be taken during the day or before bedtime. These are best if you are concerned about blood pressure or water retention.

Long term use is not recommended, there are side effects , and use should be under a doctor’s care.

2. Foods To Enjoy

Low acid foods

Eat more low acid foods. Aim for foods with a pH of 5 or above, you may have fewer symptoms.

Fruits:

Choose low acid melons, bananas, cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew.

Grains:

Look for high fiber oatmeal, wholegrain breads (check ingredients to make sure they are whole grains), rice, especially brown rice, and couscous

Vegetables

Kiwi-Mint Smoothie made with Kefir

There are also some vegetables that have antacid properties.  These include asparagus, potatoes (sweet and white), broccoli, cauliflower, celery, fennel, leafy greens, and avocado. 

Dr. David Williams recommends "Naturally fermented, "live" foods (that) have been around since the beginning of humankind. Fermented vegetables, like homemade sauerkraut, fermented milk products, such as, clabber, yogurt, cheese, buttermilk, kefir, fermented soy products , such as, natto, miso, tempeh, soy sauce, fermented tofu."

Lean meats, fish, eggs:

To keep the fat content down, remove skin, bake, broil or steam. Avoid fatty sauces. Use egg whites preferably.

3. Foods to avoid

Avoiding certain foods can help prevent acid reflux symptoms, or at least reduce their severity.  Some of these are:

  1. Sweets
  2. Sodas
  3. Peppermint
  4. Chocolate
  5. High Fat Foods
  6. Citrus Fruits And Juices
  7. Alcohol
  8. Caffeine
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Onions
  11. Spicy Foods

4. What you can do

  1. Take small bites.
  2. Eat slowly.
  3. Choose small portions.
  4. Eat smaller meals more frequently.
  5. Eat only up to 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.
  6. Reduce salt.
  7. Stop smoking with self hypnosis.
  8. Chew gum.
  9. Wear looser clothes, no belt.

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Choosing acid reflux natural treatments, like stopping smoking with self hypnosis, makes sense.  These treatments are often just as effective as prescription drugs and they have a much lower risk of harmful side effects.  There may be some side effects, so, it is best to consult a healthcare professional for advice.  Some herbs can interact with other herbs or medicines and they may not be suitable for people with certain health problems.

There are many natural treatments for acid reflux and heartburn you can try. Heed the warnings above to check with your doctor first and you may be well on your way to preventing this problem from happening again.

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