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Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

Signs and Symptoms of Acid Reflux and Heartburn

Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

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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  1. on said:

    After years of problems with various family members our new best friend is Slippery elm powder. Mix it with cold water to make an increasingly globulous paste, then add any kind of milk or hot chocolate. It coats the mucous lining the oesophagus. We've found it fantastic for reflux, nausea, IBS, post vomiting at various times.
    When mixed with raw egg and topped with boiled milk & honey and cinnamon, it makes what is supposed to be the last food many can tolerate. If taken 3 times a day, it's supposed to coat the entire digestive system lining allowing time to heal without constant erosion by acid.

  2. on said:

    @ H.P.Desai - I suggest you should go get yourself checked by a doctor. Herbal remedies are good but your health condition seems complicated. Good luck!

  3. on said:

    Please advise me. I have acute hyper acidity. I think due to this, I often have a feeling of tightness and breathlessness especially when washing my head. And due to this my ears get blocked all the time and nose becomes dry and I feel air pressure all the time. I'm diabetic too. Please advise!

  4. on said:

    I would like to know if exercising can help reduce the amount of acid in your body. What causes these seizure like feelings when you are about to sleep.

  5. on said:

    My tips on how I completely cured my heartburn and acid reflux.
    Tip 1: an immediate relief is found via root ginger. Seems to neutralize the esophagus immediately.
    Tip 2: 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water and then drinking it every morning.
    Tip 3: have a look at the free video on solvehealthproblem.com/acidreflux and follow the methods it gives you. Takes about a week but reflux symptoms will then be gone forever.
    Tip 4: dont push your luck - once you feel your symptoms have relieved still don’t be silly and have that greasy take away! Be cautious what you eat without it ruling your life!

  6. on said:

    I think by ingesting ACV prior to eating, your stomach feels that enough acid has been produced and hence decreases acid production. It will not be effective after eating if you use antacids such as tums and naturally enhanced antacids.

  7. on said:

    Has anyone been diagnosed with laryngeal hypersensitivity, stemming from a virus that causes nerve damage? I read a little about that, but not much info exists. It sounds like my problem. I have throat burn, but an endoscopy did not reveal erosion even though I have a hiatal hernia. The burn is constant and I am miserable. PPIs, Tums, Mylanta, nothing helps.

  8. on said:

    I am an LPR/GERD sufferer and a LINX implantee.
    This article refers to reflux as an acid problem.
    It is both a Pepsin and acid problem but not necessarily caused by incompetence at the LES Lower Esophageal Sphincter. Hyperchlohydria or low stomach acid is a problem that is age related and causes poor mineral absorption, lowered infection protection and reflux symptoms. It seems odd that low acid can cause acid reflux but it does. The other stomach sphincter at the exit of the stomach requires strong acid to function. if it doesn't get that signal we get bloating and gastroparesis (slow stomach emptying). The full bloated stomach forces open the top sphincter and reflux takes place. Increasing stomach acid in these conditions can often alleviate the problem. That is why we hear anecdotal stories of Apple Cider Vinegar helping. If you suspect this may be your problem ask your doctor for a Heidelberg Test. You can also supplement acid with Betaine HCL with meals and avoid drinking with meals (this keeps the acid strong).
    The lack of minerals absorbed by low stomach acid also contributes to poor sphincter opening.
    I have been researching these issues for some years now and my results are free to read on my Facebook page Justpassingthrough. Best wishes and better health to you all! JPT

  9. on said:

    My gastro doctor told me that I could have a gluten intolerance when I have very bitter taste. I also have gerd. Since I have gone on a gluten free diet I feel so much better!

  10. on said:

    My back is feeling puffy and acidic. What can I do about this?

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