Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

home remedies for acid reflux

Have you ever eaten a good meal, but suffered a burning sensation that attacks the center of the chest? Doesn’t it take the fun out of enjoying your favorite foods? This irritating condition is called Acid Reflux, which occurs when the contents of your stomach (with acid) backs up into the esophagus. But, eating is not the only time acid reflux occurs. Bending over, exercising, or lying down at night may trigger heartburn, which is one of the most common symptoms of acid reflux.

What is Acid Reflux?

When it comes to acid reflux, there are three terms you may encounter, which are often used interchangeably to describe this condition. They include:

a) Acid Reflux:

The transfer of acid from the stomach to the esophagus characterizes this condition. The acid is responsible for the digestion of food and is not harmful when it remains in the stomach. Problems arise when the acid escapes the stomach, and can increase in severity when left untreated.

b) Heartburn:

When acid reflux occurs, a burning sensation is felt. Heartburn is an indication that the acid has reached the lining of the esophagus.

c) Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): [1]

When you experience heartburn for two or more times per week, you may have the chronic condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease. When the esophagus sustains damage from continuous acid reflux, you might be diagnosed with GERD, which is often referred to as acid reflux disease.

Symptoms

When it comes to acid reflux, a wide-range of symptoms beyond heartburn is attributed to this irritating physical condition. The symptoms of acid reflux can also persist or occur on a frequent basis. Additional symptoms of acid reflux includes:

a) Regurgitation:

This symptom creates a sour or bitter taste that develops in the back of the throat. An individual may also belch in the process.

b) Feeling Too Full:

Acid reflux sufferers may experience a feeling of fullness before they complete their meal. Bloating may also accompany this symptom.

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c) Nausea:

Individuals experiencing acid reflux may feel nauseous and may also vomit.

d) Pain:

Chronic chest pain is a common symptom associated with acid reflux.

e) Symptoms in Children:

Younger sufferers experiencing acid reflux may exhibit uncontrollable crying; food refusal; bad breath; and vomiting.

Causes of Acid Reflux

There are plenty of food and drink-related factors that cause acid reflux to occur. Below you will find some of the reasons why this irritating condition develops:

a) Pregnancy:

The increased pressure on the stomach, as well as hormonal changes cause pregnant women to experience acid reflux. For some, this condition may unfortunately occur on a daily basis.

b) Underdeveloped Digestive Systems:

In babies, immature digestive systems cause of acid reflux in the young. While most infants are able to shake the condition by their first birthday, some children continue to suffer from acid reflux as a teenager.

c) Large Meals:

When you eat until you have an overly full stomach, the extra pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter has the potential to cause acid reflux.
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d) Caffeine:

Coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and chocolate contain caffeine and other ingredients, which promote the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus. These food and drink items cause the esophageal sphincter muscle to relax, allowing stomach acid to escape.

e) Fried and Fatty Foods:

When consuming these types of foods, digestion slows down, which keeps the food in the stomach for a longer period of time. Stomach pressure also increases.

f) Alcohol:

Those who consume alcohol increase their chances of acid reflux because the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes. This allows the contents of the stomach to seep into the esophagus.

g) Additional Foods and Drinks:

Tomatoes and products containing acidity are known to relax the lower esophageal sphincter, which allows acid reflux to occur. Citrus fruits and juices also have the same effect.

Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

There are plenty of acid reflux home remedies to consider when heartburn and an upset stomach arise. While some treatments can be found in your refrigerator or freezer, others reside at your local health food store. Below you will find a wide-range of suggestions to consider:

a) Ginger Root:

After meals, you can take ginger root extract mixed with honey for a great natural medication.

b) Cumin:

Instead of drinking plain water with meals, add a little cumin, which helps to stop the formation of gas in the stomach.
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c) Vanilla Ice Cream:

A sweet treat to relieve symptoms of heartburn includes a cup of vanilla ice cream [2] that is said to do the trick.

d) Fat Free Milk:

Alternative medication for acid reflux treatment doesn’t have to include drugs. Drinking small amounts of chilled skim milk every one to two hours will ease the burning sensation associated with acid reflux.

e) Fennel:

Prepare an infusion or tincture made from fennel, which can be used to combat cramping pains.

f) Lemon Balm:

This herb has the homeopathic power to relax and sedate a nervous stomach when used as an infusion or tincture.

g) Peppermint:

A nervous stomach and nausea can be treated when you add 15 grams of dried peppermint to 2 cups of water to create an effective infusion recipe. New mothers should refrain from this approach when breastfeeding because this remedy has been known to reduce milk flow.

h) Apple Cider Vinegar:

Vinegar, especially the apple cider variety has been known to ease acid reflux. Many individuals take an apple cider vinegar pill once per day to solve symptoms of acid reflux and GERD. Some people drink vinegar mixed with honey as a treatment as well.

Acid Reflux Prevention

There are a few ways to avoid acid reflux from occurring by following a few preventive measures. Below you will find the kind of habits you may want to incorporate into your daily lifestyle:

a) Body Position:

Keeping an upright posture after eating a meal may help prevent acid reflux. Raising your head about six inches will also allow gravity to influence the contents within your stomach.

b) Meal Sizes and Times:

Eating smaller meals will reduce your chances of suffering from acid reflux. If you eat your meals at least 3-4 hours before going to sleep, as well as avoiding bedtime snacks, you will be able to thwart the symptoms of acid reflux.

c) Food Choices:

Some of the foods that you eat contain ingredients or substances that may irritate the esophagus or weaken the sphincter that can lead to acid reflux. Peppermint, chocolate, tomatoes, grapefruit, oranges, fatty foods, and alcohol all contribute to lower esophageal sphincter problems.

d) Smoking:

Not only will quitting smoking improve your overall health, but it also eliminates one of the many factors that relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter.

e) Clothing:

Try wearing loose belts and clothing to eliminate unnecessary stomach pressure.

f) Weight Management:

Individuals with a healthy weight avoid the abdominal pressure known to cause acid reflux.

Resources

[1] http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000265.htm

[2] http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1881/ultimate-vanilla-ice-cream

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  • John

    I have found that lowering my stress through running and yoga has helped reduce my heart burn.

  • aleth indino

    I managed to avoid acid reflux by being careful in choosing my food but of course still manage to have a balance diet. I eat papaya at least once a day and oatmeal when I feel hungry.

  • Karen

    Am 3mth pregnant and i had a bad case of acid reflux could not sleep at nights then i found that making a cup of ginger camomile and natural mint tea with a tea spoon of apple cider vingar was my answer. If i feel like snack i would have an apple and now am able to rest at nights.

  • Andrea

    Alka-Seltzer!!Lemon-lime is better than the original.

  • Jameel Ahmed

    Cumin tea helped me a lot for heartburn.

    Boil cumin seeds in water for approximately 5 to 8 minutes without adding sugar. When it becomes quite brown with the cumin extract, add sugar as per the tase and filter it to a cup. (Sugar is just for taste, can be consumed without sugar as well).

  • bill

    apple is the key

    eat a apple. any apple they all work for me.

  • RACHEL

    Mint tea helps relieve heartburn, drink a cup a tea every 2 or 3 hours and will heal your stomach problem.

  • Heather

    Drinking cranberry juice! Really helps with the symptoms and supposedly kills the bacteria in your stomach producing the acid.

  • Cori

    Well this might sound weird, but I eat a cold chocolate pudding cup. It eases it up pretty good

  • FELICIA

    2% MILK & ICE CREAM

  • roxanne

    does anyone know if its comming from lapband surgury is it the same? or do u think its that the band is too tight?

  • Bill

    ice chips

  • Reba

    APPLES!!!!!!!!

    I read that here and it works! I try to eat an apple a day and have expierenced great relief—no pain, bloating, regurg.

  • Michele

    Tums!!!!

    I suck on 2-4 tums(one at a time) to relieve the burning sensation in my throat. It helps to calm my stomach and helps with the gas too!

  • LAKRI

    try cummin seeds boiled in water and consume water melon(white) which contains alkaline

  • Shawn Marie

    DGL Licorice…you have to make sure it’s DGL and ask a dr. if you are pregnant. I cured my erosive GERD with it, and it tastes better. All natural. You can get the black licorice flavor or German Chocolate. You chew it up before you eat and it stimulates the body’s natural enzymes and acid. Except, you still have to be careful what you eat–for instance, I made the big mistake of eating pepperoni pizza tonight, with jalapenos on it and UH OH. The licorice isn’t working tonight.

  • Fukara

    Throughout parts of July and August 2010,my heart was racing like crazy and I could not lay down, sit on the coach, bend to pick something on the floor. There was a multiplicity of pain on my chest which spead to my arms and neck.
    When my doc diagnozed it as acid reflux, she prescribed pills to use for 14 days only then through them away.The pain continued so I ended up using all but one pill. Then I went on line to undestand what this disease. Simply said, I followed the advice.I declared myself a vegetalian, stopped eating all acidic food and fruits, ate chicken instead of beef, stopped drinking caffeins, made my own juice consisting of almost 15 non-acidic food and vegs, made drinks by boiling together ginger roots,fennel,cinnamon,chimomile then adding some apple cider vinegar and sweetening it with honey. Then sipping it as i ate food. Within 3 months I shed almost 20 pounds and in Feb 20th 2011, I lost 6 more pounds all without exercise: by just eating vegs and non acidic fruits.Stopped using milk to zero down on what was triggering this gerd. Then pain subsided drastically from end of Feb 2011, but I continued having slight pain in the morning.
    So I decided to see a gastroentologist.But as I explained to him what I had done so far, I realized that he had already finished prescribing Nexium as my next pills. I was pissed off because I found out that this maniac was not listening to me or interested with what I was telling him, but I undestood why. So I used the nexium for two weeks, didnt help,and on the day of my appointment, i cancel my appointment when i found out from the internet that my next regimen would be something called pump proto, cant remember its name. But the side effects really shot me down.
    I put my foot on the ground, said a long prayer, then immediately started doing even more research on natural cures especially from previous victims of gerd. Todate, 03/06/11, six months from Sept 20th 2010, and with an addition of peppermint, marshmallow,
    slippery elm bark, ginger root, chamomille, anise seeds, fennel, am proud to declare to my God and the world, that I think, so far, the demon called GERD is gone.
    People, we can do it but you need to be disciplined, consistent and keep the faith.I have never liked drugs because they really donot treat the root cause of gerd but escalate it. But with natural herbs, they work together with the stomach to correct the imbalance that had occurred.I said goodbye to drugs. I am still continuing with what am doing and making sure i mantain my weight. I am also eating everything now but in moderation.
    My therapy might not work for you. Find find out what can work for you. The information is there,free of charge. I got it from people who had even serios experinces.I healed gerd by myself and am proud of myself. Thank you guys for helping you out.

  • Austin

    I normally use a mixture of cold milk and room temperature honey might not taste amazing but instant relief of acid reflux.

  • Jibril

    Vanilla ice cream works like magic, within seconds.I was pregnant so mine was everyday and almost after every meal. so, immediately after meals I have ice cream.

  • Goblephiliip

    most home remedies I can’t do because of the products not being accepted by my body. Most  of these remedies make me sick in one fastion or another. Can anybody think of anything else to do for a home remedey?

  • Kimberly

    pickles! pickles! pickles! dill are the best, they have more vinegar and less sugar. have the right at the end of the meal. you can also have them when the heart burn comes on. once you’ve ate all the pickles, save the “juice” and drink it. I actually drink the juice first, then I eat the pickles. try to get pickles that don’t have the little mustard seeds. your favorite is best. if you don’t like pickles (because of the cucumber), you could always eat pickled mushrooms, okra, cauliflower, etc. don’t get the okra, etc. that is “hot” – this will add to your discomfort.

    another thing I do is a vinegar & honey “tea”

    mix: equal parts honey & apples cider vinegar, stir together until mixed thoroughly, add ice and water. drink like iced tea.

    if I’m making a glass for myself I use 2 T honey, 2 T cider vinegar, 4 or 5 ice cubes, and then water in a 16 to 20 oz glass

    if I’m making a pitcher for the frig (guests like it too), then I put 1 cup honey & 1 cup a.c. vinegar in 1/2 gallon pitcher/jar, stir til mix thoroughly, the fill with water. serve over ice. sometimes I put raspberries on top (floating) for a yummy effect.

    the vinegar is the key/answer. also this is a very good drink for the summer – it quenches your thirst and helps detox (my opinion). I take to picnics/pot lucks all the time, never bring any home.

    p.s. I raid the refrigerator at night for the pickles – alot! yummy!

  • Lynda

    I have the lap band and I also have really bad heartburn or GERD. Prior to getting the band, I never had heartburn.

  • Mr. Ed

    I’ve been suffering with heartburn (GERD) for around 12 years now and seeing a gastroenteroligist who had me on Nexium, Pevacid, omeprazole and several other PPI’s. It wasn’t until my family doctor did a Dex Scan and found I was borderline Osteoporosis (spl?) that I started connecting the dots. Proton pump inhibitors should not be used more than a 2 week period ( I was taking them for over 10 yrs.)

    Needless to say I’ve been researching natural cures…the reason I’m on this site and I’ve found the Aloe and apples to work the best (for me). If you are on PPI’s please get off of them, they cause more damage than good; as a matter of fact I’ve read where the PPI’s are responsible for causing stomach ulcers. Don’t rely on the Gastro guy, more then likely he’s getting kick backs from the drug guy; do your research and go natural. I’m just sorry I didn’t doit sooner!

  • Laura

    Apple Cider Vinegar works wonders. I was suffering from Acid Reflux and I tried 1 cup of vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water. You will feel much better!!!!!!!!

  • Frank

    For an upset stomach and heartburn my exwife would make me jello watter.Just boil watter add jello stir and then drink. I don’t know why but it would help

  • jrs mom

    Milk of any type, almond, chocolate, lactose free, any kind, works wonders immediately. It’s one of the few remedies that helps very quickly.

  • Kusia

    Fukara how do you feel now? I know it’s been a while but you posted some excellent tips. I’ve been taking PPIs for 2 months now and developed some stomach pain just below my belley button shooting to the right hip. PPIs were to treat my chronic sore throat and burning tongue. When I went to the dr last week he prescribed me some antispasmodic drugs for IBS. Here I stopped! Why would I treat possibly side effect of taking PPIs with another drug? I must admit in the past I tried most of the natural remedies that are mentioned on this website but nothing for more than 2 months. Now, reading some of the posts I understand that I might have to be more persistent. I stopped pantoprasole 2 days ago and the stomach pain eased, however my sore throat came back worse than ever! I need to mention that I’ve had my gall bladder removed (which doesn’t help) but I eat healthy, don’t drink or smoke and my weight is just over 8 stone. I will be ordering the mentioned remedies tomorrow and keep you posted.