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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:

    Unhealthy lifestyle and stress are causing acidity in adults and children too now a days. If you have regular heartburn—two or more times a week—and haven't notified your doctor, you're ignoring one of the biggest cancer risk factors around.
    Consult your physician and take his advise. Klinics

  2. on said:

    @Mrs Govender, your symptoms don't seem to be acid reflux symptoms. Therefore, you should go see a doctor ASAP before it is too late. It could be heart related problem. When any pain becomes unbearable, it is not safe to keep using herbal remedies. Herbs work great for slow and longer term treatments.
    Good luck!

  3. on said:

    Hi i seem to be getting heavy chest pain how wud u knw if its acid reflux or not anything else anything i do im getting tired what could it be i take spasgel no help yet da pain unbearable behind da breast bone anyone has anythng like dis? I jus dnt knw wat to do yea we eat gassy food plz advice me i even find myself wheezing mst of the time funny noise wen i go to bed and to clear it everyone gets disturbed plz help mrs govender

  4. on said:

    I agree, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is great for many things. I use Bragg's brand. WHAT I'm going to say next was a gradual change--- I got tired of pumping pills that were not healing me, but only causing more of what they call "disease" over about 17 years. My daughter started sharing info that she was researching, and led me to start searching for myself. I start reading, speaking with others, and watch videos about Monsanto, and what they put in our food. Videos about Food & Drugs, and how they affect our body. As I did this research, I started seeing the connection of the food, medicine, chemicals, etc. and my body's condition. I thought, WOW, that is why my body is not able to function properly. One thing let to another, and I went from being on 10-12 prescription meds over the last 17 yrs, and now I've only got 2 left to go. Over the past 2 years, gradually changed my "eating" lifestyle. Not perfect, but more & more aware of what I was reaching to accomplish. I have started eating healthy. No fast food, Avoid "processed foods", watch labels on grocery store food- only buy non-gmo project verified (on the label) and/or Certified Organic. I am stopping all dairy products eventually, I use rice milk, and if I need a little cheese or yogurt/probiotic, half & half, now & then, I only get - grass-fed cows (certified organic, non-gmo products), and if you can get batch- pasteurized /non-homogenized is even better. Still trying to become completely gluten-free. Also, the past 3 weeks, I've been without sugar, potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or any carbs such as these, except the natural sugar in fresh fruit. My goal is to "get off" these last 2 meds and then I'll be medicine free. Eating & juicing lots of fresh veggies and some some fruit, grain-free chicken, wild caught fish, seafood, some nuts & seeds, garlic, herbs & spices, vitamins & minerals. My body is healing itself because of the stuff that I'm now putting in & keeping out of it. It's not a diet, I think of it as "Getting Back to the Basics", and Living! I encourage everyone to to get involved, and start doing some research for yourself.....You are Worth It! I suggest watching the video on "Monsanto" for starters...... then about Food, Vitamin Deficiencies, Prescription Medicines, and how this affects the Body. I like Dr. Peter Osborne, he does several videos on prescription drugs and nutritional deficiencies.

  5. on said:

    I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux after 50 years of suffering with it. I read that 1 tbs of organic apple cider vinegar in a quart of water sipped throughout the day would help. It was amazing! I had relief almost immediately. That was two years ago and I feel great! To make it more palatable I add 1 packet of organic stevia per quart of water.

  6. on said:

    _QUERY_: I am suffering from acute bitterness in my mouth. When I get up in the morning my mouth tastes like bitter-poison. I rush to tooth-brush which relieves me for a while.
    During the day when I become more active together with bitter taste in the mouth there arises white foamy bubbles. I try to spit often to get rid of both white foamy saliva & bitter taste. This has also affected my appetite and taste & I do not enjoy or relish whatever I eat.
    Please suggest me the cause of this disease together with medicines & home remedies as well.
    Thanks- with regards-Tejinder Bakshi

  7. on said:

    Everything I eat I get acid pain.

  8. on said:

    I tried digestzen essential oil blend from DoTerra. It is amazing!

  9. on said:

    I just bought some raw unpasteurized honey. Will this help with acid reflux? I heard that honey and cinnamon are great for it. Does anyone here know how much I can use of this each day and when? I've read it can be taken by spoonful with a little bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top or made as a warm drink? Would anyone have any advice on this? What about unsweetened applesauce? I can't take the PPI's because of the side effects. I was put on carafate to help coat my throat as well as Zantac, but it's not helping much. I can't have an endoscopy done until August 26th to find out what's going on, so I'm miserable! I've lost a lot of weight because I can't eat much of anything without the reflux!! I'm basically living on oats with banana, cereal with banana and almond milk, white rice mixed with peas or broccoli, baked potatoes, graham crackers, baked or boiled chicken, sometimes apples and a lot of water. Thank you for any info!

  10. on said:

    @Khali, Apple Cider Vinegar is known to help with Acid Reflux by balancing the acid production in the stomach. Take one teaspoon of organic ACV mixed in one glass of water once or twice daily (depending on your acidity levels). If it doesn't help the first day, keep drinking it for at least 3 days. If it still doesn't get better then it is best to visit your doctor. Apple Cider Vinegar doesn't have any known side effects when used in moderation and as recommended. To learn more about side effects and health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, please take a look at this page
    http://www.homeremediesweb.com/apple_cider_vinegar_health_benefits.php


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