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The Top 7 Most Popular Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

By on July 29, 2013
You have just finished your meal and are relaxing when all of the sudden it begins to boil from deep down in your intestines. You feel it as it creeps up your esophagus burning like a wildfire out of control. Acid reflux, or GERD as it is more commonly referred to, happens when the valve that is supposed to keep stomach contents contained, malfunctions. Stomach acid is released and sneaks upwards along the esophagus. Many people think that acid reflux is due to too much acid, when in fact, it is related to acid coming out the stomach where it is meant to stay. This is often referred to as a Hiatal hernia.

Some common symptoms of acid reflux include heart pain that many people mistake for a heart attack, pain right after a big meal, bitter taste in your mouth, scratchy or hoarse throat, cough, asthma, increased saliva, trouble swallowing and increase saliva. Being overweight, smoking or being stressed can make heartburn much worse.

To ease the pain associated with heartburn you could take a prescription or over-the-counter medicine but they often work only on a temporary basis and may have some dangerous side effects. There are many things, however that you can do on your own to keep acid reflux pain at bay.

Eliminate Triggers: There are several things that may trigger acid reflux, and staying away from these may be a permanent solution to the problem for many people. These include caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.

Aloe Vera: Drinking 1/2-cup of aloe vera before meals will help soothe your stomach and reduce inflammation associated with acid reflux.

Juicing: Many people find that adding fresh vegetable juice to their diet reduces or eliminates flare ups of acid reflux. Kale, carrots, celery, cucumbers and beets are all healthy and tasty options.

Apples: Apples help to take away the sting of stomach acid. Be sure to eat fresh apples with their skin on either fresh or cooked. Add in some raw honey for extra acid neutralization.

Ginger: When you experience heart burn reach for a fresh piece of ginger. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh ginger root to a cup of water and simmer for ten minutes.

Apple Cider Vinegar: If you feel the acid creeping up your throat mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon raw honey and 1 cup warm water together and drink immediately.

Relax: Learning how to handle stress will not only reduce acid reflux episodes, but it will improve your overall health. Practice meditation, yoga or just take time to enjoy nature or be still for a while to calm your mind and body. The practice of relaxing is vital in this day and age where we live such hurried lives.

About The Author: Susan Patterson

Susan Patterson is a natural health writer with passion for living well. Her writing includes regular contributions to some of the most visited health and wellness sites on the Internet, e-books, and expert advice. As a Certified Health Coach, Master Gardener and Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor, Susan has helped many people move towards a better understanding of alternative health options. Susan practices what she writes and is an avid fitness enthusiast, whole foods advocate and pursuer of sustainable living.

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