Acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is turning out to be a common problem, and around 50 percent of Americans are suffering from it, as per latest report. Heartburn is the major symptom of the problem, while the excessive amounts of acid in stomach or Hiatal hernia or Helicobacter pylori can also cause the Acid Reflux.
The acids from your stomach flow (reflux) back into the esophagus causing inflammation, irritation, scarring, and this may turn into esophageal cancer.
Nutrihealthline lists some of the best natural home remedies for reducing the Acid Reflux or Heartburns.
1. Ginger Root Powder
Ginger Root Powder is effective in soothing your stomach from irritation, scarring and heartburns. It helps in treating nausea or acid reflux. Sipping a cup of Ginger Tea just before 20 minutes a meal can soothe your tummy. Rather than going for supermarket products, try freshly grated ginger root in your dishes.
2. Warm Water and Lemon
Start off your day with Warm Water mixed with lemon juice, as it helps in balancing out acid levels. It aids in digestive health and is an effective remedy for overall health benefit including weight loss.
3. Aloe Juice
Aloe Vera can reduce inflammation and provide relief from acidity, heartburns. Drink a half cup of aloe juice when your stomach is inflamed or your esophagus causing the problem, and it helps neutralizing stomach acids.
4. Cut down on Salt
Several research studies found that people who have included salt to the meals were twice as much riskier in suffering from acid reflux problems than those who consumed no salt. So, reduce your salt intake. You can substitute salt with other herbs, spices, and natural vinegars if it’s too bland for your taste.
5. Chew a Gum
If you’re suffering from the symptoms of chronic heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), try chewing a gum for 30 minutes post your meal, for a quick relief. Chewing a gum provides protection for the esophagus, by increasing the volume of saliva containing proteins, mucin, prostaglandin E2.
Consume Probiotics in adequate amounts, as it helps in by neutralizing toxic compounds. Include Fermented milk products such as clabber, yogurt, cheese, buttermilk and fermented soy products such as natto, miso, tempeh, soy sauce, fermented tofu in your diet for soothing your tummy from acid reflux problems.
7. Baking Soda
The most cost effective way to relieve heartburn and indigestion is using Baking Soda. It helps neutralize stomach acids and relieves you of pain. Stir half a teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water and drink it an hour before your meals. However, we do not recommend you to use it as regular treatment, since it can lead to electrolyte and acid/base imbalances.
8. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can cure your tummy problems with an alkalizing effect. ACV can treat stomach acidity, intestinal spasms, kills bacteria and prevents indigestion. Mix one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and sip the drink before meals.