If you suffer from acid reflux, you’re not alone. Acid reflux and its most common symptom heartburn affects thousands each year. It’s caused by acid in the stomach moving up the oesophagus and those who’ve experienced it know it’s unpleasant and frustrating. Use these five natural remedies for reflux to keep it under control before you reach for the Gaviscon.
On the pH scale, a substance can be acidic, alkaline or neutral. Baking soda is an alkaline substance, which means it’s able to neutralise acid. What this means is when your oesophageal sphincter relaxes and allows stomach acid to move up your throat, you won’t suffer that burning sensation. When you feel reflux coming on, add 1/2 a tablespoon to water and drink.
Chamomile tea is generally soothing and relaxing on your stomach. Drinking this tea helps reduce the inflammation in your stomach that contributes to reflux. Plus, the herb has been known to reduce stress, help with diarrhoea and insomnia . Since stress sometimes is a trigger for reflux, this is doubly beneficial. Add honey or lemon if you like. Not a fan of chamomile? Ginger root tea is also effective.
Apple Cider Vinegar
You might think it seem strange to use vinegar, which is an acidic substance, to combat acid reflux. However, oddly enough, some reflux sufferers actually produce too little acid in their stomachs. This can decrease your body’s ability to fight reflux-causing bacteria, and result in impaired digestive function. It can also tell your oesophageal sphincter that it’s safe to relax since there isn’t much acid to act as a warning trigger to keep it closed. For best results, add a tablespoon to water and drink before each meal.
How are you finding these natural remedies for reflux so far? Hopefully there are a couple simple enough to try now. This other one is an over-the-counter supplement that, like apple cider vinegar, helps maintain a healthy level of acid in the body for those who produce too little. Instead of only treating the symptoms of reflux once it’s started, this is a much more preventative remedy. Start out with one capsule and work your way up, seeing how much you can handle and how much is most effective for you. If you take too many, you’ll notice a slight burning feeling.
This is obviously our one of our favourite natural remedies for reflux. A study by Dr. Jamie Koufman showed that alkaline water instantly and permanently denatures pepsin – a stomach enzyme that causes acid reflux when activated¹. Drinking alkaline water renders pepsin inactive and also helps form a buffer against acid in the stomach. For best results, replace it with your regular drinking water. There are optimal times to drink water that will affect reflux and digestion. To download your FREE guide on How To Drink Water for Vibrant Health, sign up below.
Here are our top five natural remedies for reflux. What’s your favourite or do you have one of your own you’d like to add? Leave a comment below.
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