[toc]When digestive acids come up to the stomach and esophagus, acid reflux is caused. The esophagus becomes irritated due to a burning sensation and causes various troubles. Causes of acidity are several, such as sleeping or lying down after meals, eating before bedtime, consuming fried foods, eating spicy dishes and obesity. Many medicines are available in pharmacies for treating acid reflux, but we suggest that you try some natural remedies for long-term relief.
7 Best Ways To Prevent Acid Reflux
Baking soda is easily one of the best and most effective ways to treat acid reflux or heartburn as it is popularly called. Chemistry has a simple rule; a base can be used to neutralize an acid.
Here too, we are applying the same rule and using a base, (sodium bicarbonate), to neutralize your acidity. Mixing ½ to 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass full of water is a recommended. However, do not make this a regular practice as it could have a side effect like swelling and nausea.
Licorice is known to have stomach healing properties and thus can relieve you of acidity. However, eat only DGL licorice (which does not contain glycyrrhizin acid) as too much licorice can lead to side effects such as high blood pressure. You can also chew licorice tablets before meals.
We are all aware about the soothing properties of aloe. Just like this plant helps soothe burns on the skin, but also does the same thing to the stomach. It reduces inflammation in the esophagus as well as the stomach.
Drink ½ cup of aloe juice before meals to get rid of acidity. However, make sure that the laxative component has been removed from the juice.
Slippery Elm has been used as a component for several herbal remedies since centuries. It thickens the layer of a mucous lining in the stomach, which serves as a strong barrier against acids. Put a couple of teaspoons of slippery elm in water and drink the solution before meals and at bedtime to relieve you of acid reflux.
Ginger is readily available in all house kitchens and is a very effective treatment for acid reflux. Consume a spoon of freshly grated ginger root every day or if that is not available or convenient, you can also eat 1/4th teaspoon of ginger powder or take it in the form of capsules.
Probiotics are live microorganisms which when taken in enough quantities provide relief not only from acid reflux, but also several other health problems. We are not referring to commercial supplements but naturally fermented foods.
Fermented milk products such as yogurt, cheese, clabber and buttermilk are the most popular and easily available probiotic products. Include these in your regular diet in order to correct acid reflux problems. You can also try fermented soy products like soy sauce and fermented tofu.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Even though it has a strong metallic taste, it is quite effective in treating acid reflux problems and is also used by many people the world over. Add two to three spoons of apple cider vinegar to the water and drink this solution around three times a day.