One of the most common health problems nowadays is acid reflux also called peptic ulcer disease or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
A burning sensation called heartburn is the most common symptom. It can go from your breastbone to the throat. There is also a type of pain that many people consider to be a heart attack.
Doctors usually prescribe their patients with acid-blocking drugs since they believe the condition is caused by the presence of too much acid in the stomach.
Now, recent discoveries claim that it’s actually caused from too little acid in the stomach.
What Causes Heartburn?
This condition appears when our lower esophageal sphincter becomes relaxed in an appropriate way, so the acid goes back into the esophagus (reflux).
This condition can also be connected to:
- Hiatal hernia
- A Helicobacter pylori infection
The two conditions aren’t connected, but people with hiatal hernia have H. pylori so when they’re combined the level of inflammation in the stomach is very low so it can cause symptoms as ulcer. Many chiropractors may help you in case of a hiatal hernia.
What If A Drug Side-Effect Appears?
There are some medicines which can cause the appearance of heartburn: blood pressure medications, antidepressants, anxiety medications, nitroglycerin, osteoporosis drugs, pain relievers and antibiotics.
Here are some things you can do to relieve the heartburn, just make sure you don’t use another drug!
- Don’t take more than the dose that’s prescribed
We all know that medicines are taken with meals or on an empty stomach. They can cause side-effects either way. Make sure you take the medicine properly!
- Review the medicines with your doctor so that he/she can make sure that some of them aren’t responsible for your heartburn
The doctor may have to give you other medicines or switch your dose.
- Don’t lay down after you’ve taken the medicine
- Drink ginger tea
Home Remedies Against Acid Reflux And Heartburn
The following natural remedies can help you treat heartburn and acid reflux naturally, without the usage of medicines!
Apple cider vinegar
If you want to improve the amount of acid in your stomach, just take 1 tablespoon of ACV in 1 glass of water.
A betaine hydrochloric supplement is also a good option. You can find it in the healthy food stores. You’ll destroy the H. pylori bacteria and also digest your food better.
A glass of water combined with ½ or 1 teaspoon of baking soda can help you neutralize the stomach acid. Don’t use it too often. If you want a safer option, dissolve half a cup of warm water with ½ a teaspoon of baking soda and several drops of lemon juice.
This amazing juice can help you eliminate the symptoms of acid reflux. Take ½ a cup of Aloe Vera juice before you have a meal. Make sure you buy a brand without the laxative component.
Chamomile tea or ginger root
Ginger is an amazing remedy against H. pylori. It can also help you prevent any creation of ulcer. People have been using it to treat this kind of problems since ancient times.
Take 2 cups of hot water and combine them with 3 slices of fresh ginger root. Leave it steep for 30 minutes. Drink it 20 minutes before you have a meal.
Take 1 cup of chamomile tea before you go to bed. It will relax you and you’ll sleep better and also calm down the stomach inflammation.
Optimized levels of vitamin D are necessary to eliminate any infection. You can mostly obtain it by sun tanning, but you can also take any supplement.
Try to take 40 mg of astaxanthin every day and you’ll destroy any symptom of acid reflux.
It is amazing against ulcers, mucus secretion, soothes the intestines, throat, mouth and stomach and stimulates the nerve endings in your gastrointestinal tract. It is especially amazing against too much acidity.
- Tea: Take 2 tablespoons of powdered bark and cover them with 2 cups of boiling water. Let it steep for 5 minutes. Take this tea 3 times every day.
- Tincture: Take 5 ml of the tincture times a day.
- Capsules: Use about 500 mg of capsules 3 or 4 times a day from 4 to 8 weeks. Always drink them with a full glass of water!
- Lozenges: Read the instructions and follow them.
Chinese herbs against “Gu” symptoms
These symptoms appear in the form of pathogenic infestation and digestive issues.
Glutamine is an amino acid that can help you against H. pylori. It is present in many foods: dairy products, beef, some fruits, chicken, vegetables, fish and eggs. You can also find L-glutamine as a supplement.
Vitamin B9 or folic acid as well as other B vitamins
These vitamins can help you decrease the risk of having acid reflux. Eat more foods rich in folate: okra, liver, spinach, beans and asparagus.
Here are 4 more tips:
- Stay upright. This is very important so that the digestive acids stay in your stomach. Don’t bow or bend over after meals!
- Sleep on your left side. The left side of your body lets the acid go further from your esophageal sphincter.
- Eat smaller meals more frequently. This method will help you digest food better and you’ll regulate the production of digestive enzymes, too.
- Quit smoking. This is one of the worst habits. The nicotine cigarettes contain can cause heartburn as it rises the stomach acid.
Intake More Probiotics and Unprocessed Foods
You have to create a natural gastric balance. Avoid sugars and processed foods. Intake fruits, vegetables, organic foods, more fermented foods like: chutneys, fermented vegetables, sour cream, kefir, yoghurt, Swedish gravlax, mackerel etc.
Low Acid Production
You can also try to make your body produce enough stomach acid by consuming more raw foods. Intake more high-quality salt like Himalayan salt since it’s abundant in over 80 minerals. Take more fermented cabbage juice obtained from sauerkraut before you have a meal. It will improve your digestion in amazing amounts!