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Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

Signs and Symptoms of Acid Reflux and Heartburn

Heartburn is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach backs up (refluxes) into the esophagus. The most common and persistent symptom of Heartburn is a burning sensation centered in the middle of the chest and/or throat, brought on by stomach acid that churns up onto the lining of the esophagus.

Acid Reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), is a condition which has many symptoms that are similar to heartburn. In many cases, people suffering from Acid Reflux typically suffer from persistent heartburn two or more days per week. In the long term, this can be very serious since, over time, the reflux of stomach acid can erode or wear away the delicate esophagus lining. This can then lead to scar tissue, which causes swallowing problems. GERD has also been linked to an increased risk of esophageal cancer. However, some people have Acid Reflux without heartburn. In such cases, symptoms include chest pain, wheezing, coarseness in the throat, breathing problems, a bitter taste in the mouth, dry coughing, interrupted sleep, tightness in the throat, and halitosis or bad breath. Acid reflux can also lead to regurgitation of acid into the mouth, often due to overeating or bending down or going to bed right after a meal.

Causes of Acid Reflux

Just like other health conditions, there is not one specific cause of Acid Reflux and Heartburn. However, a malfunction of a band of muscle tissue called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) can ultimately lead to many of the problems and symptoms associated with Acid Reflux and Heartburn. The LES is a complex area of smooth muscles and various hormones, which is responsible for the opening and closing of the lower end of the esophagus when we eat and swallow. It normally keeps the stomach contents from regurgitating, but due to certain physical conditions it can weaken and lose its contraction control. If this happens, the LES fails to close up and cannot maintain the pressure barrier between stomach and esophagus. As a result, acid and pepsin from the stomach can back up and cause acidity and heartburn in the esophagus.

The most common causes of Acid Reflux and Heartburn include:

  • stress
  • some antidepressants and sedatives
  • elevated hormone levels during pregnancy
  • eating before going to bed
  • eating large meals
  • slower emptying of the stomach
  • frequently eating greasy, fried, and fatty foods
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • drinking lots of bubbly (carbonated) beverages such as soda
  • diseases that weaken the esophageal muscle (such as scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease, or hiatal hernias)

Home Remedies and Natural Treatments

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is an amazing remedy for Acid Reflux. It may sound bizarre to drink an acid as a cure for an acid problem, but there are good acids and bad acids and Apple Cider Vinegar is among the good ones.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to 1/2 glass of water.
  • Sip this glass of water while eating your dinner.

Ginger Root

Ginger Root is an amazing natural herb that is known to absorb stomach acid and have the secondary effect of calming the nerves. For an effective natural remedy from the symptoms of acid reflux, try the following:

  • Purchase ginger root capsules from a natural health food or nutritional store.
  • Regularly take one capsule immediately after dinner.

Fennel Seeds

Fennel seed is an aromatic but powerful herb that helps in digestive conditions and has many other benefits. Fennel seeds contain a compound known as Anethole, which is known to suppress spasms of the stomach or gastrointestinal tract spasms. Therefore, it is considered to be an effective remedy for Acid Reflux.

  • Take half a tea spoon of Fennel Seeds and chew them slowly after your meals.

Anise and Lavender Tea

Here is a tea that you can make to help relieve the symptoms of heartburn, since it reduces the amount of acid you have in your stomach. Note that some variants of this remedy suggest adding peppermint, but this is NOT recommended since peppermint is known to relax the LES (described earlier), which is exactly what you don't want to do.

  • Mix together equal amounts of aniseed and lavender.
  • Boil 2 1/2 cups of distilled water.
  • Pour the boiling water over a teaspoon of the herbal mixture.
  • Let this tea sit for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Strain the tea and add a little bit of honey as a natural sweetener.
  • Drink up to 8 oz of this tea in the morning and 8 oz in the evening to get relief from acid reflux or heartburn.
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Comments

  1. on said:

    Well, I chewed on some fennel seeds after a spicy meal just now, simply for its flavor but turned out it stopped the volcano eruption in my stomach due to the spicy meal. I wanted to know if I accidentally found out a remedy for acidity. So I started browsing on that and ended up here. I would say, yes, Fennel seeds work for an immediate relief from acidity.

  2. on said:

    Try Nexium for acid reflux, it works for 12 hours and is inexpensive.

  3. on said:

    I am taking Zantac in the morning and Prilosec before bed. Zantac only works for a couple of hours then a burning sensation starts, making me feel sick. Any suggestions on what to do?

  4. on said:

    As a first timer here, I'm grateful that I found this site. I'm a Nigerian and have been regurgitating since I was 17. Portion of the food I eat bounces back in my mouth each time I eat. Kindly prescribe a drug which can help me with this condition.Thanks.

  5. on said:

    I was told that I have gastric reflux after having some asthma symptoms which would disturb my sleep. I've been using drugs but the symptoms are still there ruining my life. What should I do please?

  6. on said:

    I've recently discovered my persistent cough is the result of GERD. OTC or Prescribed cough mixtures don't seem to help. Now that I know I have GERD, Please advice me how I can treat my cough. Thank you all. - Marion

  7. on said:

    For Acid Reflux you should take Avipattikar Churna (divya pharmacy's) or Gaisantak Bati (shree baidyanath). See the package for dosage please.

  8. on said:

    @ Garcia on December 1, 2015: Ok. Great. Now, can you please share these home remedies with the rest of us, please?

  9. on said:

    Lemon is working very good for me.

  10. on said:

    Dyslexic me incorrectly comprehended the apple cider vinegar recipe to be 1/2 and 1/2. So down went a 1/4 cup of water mixed with a 1/4 cup of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. It absolutely helped nip my GERD symptoms in the bud. Kudos to everyone who made this fabulous website happen. Thank you so much for sharing.


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