Although heartburn or acid reflux are very common, if you are having it more than a couple of times a week or using antacids for longer than 2 weeks, you may have a condition called GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease).
If you suspect GERD it is important to see your doctor and stop the acid reflux before it is too late. Next to the unpleasant, burning feeling, frequent heartburns can cause inflammation and constriction of the esophagus. In some rare cases it can even lead to cancer.
There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications available, but when used long-term they can have some nasty side effects. The best route to take is to make permanent lifestyle changes and opt for natural heartburn remedies.
Here are some great natural remedies to stop the acid reflux and make sure your esophagus stays inflammation and damage-free.
Not very tasty but very effective to stop the burning sensation. Add one tablespoon of baking soda in half a cup of water and give it a good stir. If you can’t bear the taste use 1 cup water. Use 3 times a day and no longer than a week straight. Baking soda is high in salts and can cause swelling and nausea when used long term.
Aloe Vera Juice
Again, not very tasty (unflavoured, pure Aloe) but works great to soothe inflammation or irritation. Drink ½ cup of aloe vera juice before a meal to avoid acid reflux. If you are going to use aloe juice often you may want to opt for the organic brands which have the laxative compounds removed to avoid a few extra bathroom stops.
Chew Gum After Your Meal
Gum stimulates saliva production which reduces the acid levels in your esophagus. Make sure to buy the sugar-free gum to protect your teeth Chew on it for 30 minutes after every meal.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Although it may sound strange to counter acid reflux with an acid, but this really helps. Many people think acid reflux is caused by too much acids but actually, in most cases, it is the other way around. Research has shown that too little acids make it unable to digest your food properly and it gets pushed back up.
Add 1 tablespoon raw ACV/ apple cider vinegar to a hot cup of tea with honey or plain water to find relief and help your body to digest the food you eat. Take this remedy before every meal, if the condition gets worse, stop immediately. This means low acid levels in your stomach are not the cause of your problem.
Snack on raw almonds after a meal to help your body balance pH levels and they are a good source of calcium. Do not overdo. Some people report that too much of them can make it worse. 4-5 raw almonds after a meal will do the trick.
Bananas Or Apples
A banana or apple a day keeps acid reflux at bay. Bananas and apples contain natural antacids, especially when they are fully riped. So eat them after a problematic meal or a few hours before bedtime to avoid discomforts.
Ginger, chamomile, mint or fenugreek tea are the best herbal teas to ease acid reflux. Having a cup of either of these teas 20-30 minutes before you go to sleep or have a meal, will help you to reduce the inflammation and balance acid levels.
Start Your Day With Lukewarm Lemon Water
Having lukewarm lemon water first thing in the morning may seem strange to you. But just as with the raw ACV, lemons can balance the acid levels and kick start digestion. If the burning sensation or acid reflux gets worse, stop at once.
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Source: Eat Local Grown