Natural Acid Reflux Treatments, Cures and Remedies

Natural Acid Reflux Treatments, Cures and RemediesAcid reflux seems to be reaching epidemic proportions with one in every 10 people suffering from the disorder. Despite a rise in GERD sufferers, many doctors continue to rely on old medications for treating its symptoms. This has left many acid reflux sufferers looking for new (or shall we say traditional) remedies to treat this painful condition.

What was Old Is Now New Again

People have suffered from acid reflux for centuries. So what did they do before there were pharmaceutical drugs?  Was there any way to find relief?  The answer is a resounding yes, and many of those old fashioned or traditional treatments for GERD are now becoming the norm for treating acid reflux in a more natural manner.

Even those specializing in acid reflux at such renowned medical institutions as the Mayo Clinic are now citing the effectiveness of many homeopathic cures and remedies. Among some of the most effective natural treatments for acid reflux being used by traditional medical doctors include:

Natural Cures and remedies for GERD

Ginger Root:  To reduce the amount of acid in the stomach, try mixing ginger root extract and honey into your favorite tea for a calming stomach acid medication.  Or you can simply add ginger to your recipes for a quick and easy way to keep stomach acid from building up after meals.

Cumin:  To help reduce the amount of stomach acid produced after eating, add a pinch of cumin to your normal drinking water.

Skim Milk: Drinking a few sips of fat free skim milk (chilled) can help ease the burning sensation associated with acid reflux regurgitation.

Lemon Balm: A common homeopathic treatment for acid reflux and other stomach discomforts, lemon balm can be sued in a variety of ways to treat GERD. Check with a homeopathic doctor for the best course of treatment with this remedy.

Apple Cider Vinegar:  Just a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can help to calm acid production in the stomach.

Peppermint: Peppermint is known for its stomach calming properties.  For centuries, peppermint has been used to clam an upset stomach and keep acid levels low.  To use, either chew on the leaf or brew into a soothing tea.

Herbal Tea:  Drinking one or two cups of green tea or chamomile every day can help to stave off annoying acid reflux symptoms. Licorice root is also helpful in treating acid reflux.

Clear Water:  Drinking plenty of clear water everyday can also help to clear excess acid from the stomach.

Other Natural Treatment Tips for Reducing GERD Symptoms

Sometimes treating acid reflux with all natural treatments also requires some lifestyle changes. Here are a few things you can do right now to help reduce your symptoms and keep your acid reflux under control.

Lose Weight

The more weight you carry around your middle, the more pressure you will put on your stomach and this can cause it to increase its acid production – and eventually  push that acid back into the esophagus.

Opt for Loose Fitting Clothing

It is possible to keep acid reflux symptoms down simply by wearing the right clothes.  Stay away form anything that pinches or puts pressure on the stomach area (this can push that acid right back up the esophagus). Instead, opt for loosely-fitted pants and shirts.

Stay Straight After Eating

Use gravity to help keep acid reflux from causing you concern; stay upright for at least half an hour after eating.  And never lie down (even to watch TV) for at least three hours after a meal when you suffer from acid reflux or risk having a regurgitation attack.

Elevate Your Head While Sleeping

Most GERD patients report nighttime acid reflux.  This is because you usually sleep with your head lying flat.  By keeping your head elevated at night (as high as you can stand it), you can help  keep the acids from your stomach from making its way back up to your esophagus.  A wedge positioned under your mattress or a specially designed GERD pillow can easily keep your head at least six inches higher than the rest of your body all night long.

Quit Smoking

A poorly working sphincter muscles in your throat cannot keep stomach acid from regurgitating back into your esophagus.  Now, guess what can damage the sphincter muscles and make you more susceptible to acid reflux? If you said smoking then you would be correct!  Research has shown that smoking not only keeps your sphincter muscles from working correctly but it also weakens the lining of your esophagus. This can make acid reflux much worse.

As you research for natural treatments for acid reflux, you will begin to find a variety of home remedies and lifestyle cures to help you better deal with the disorder.  In order to find the best approach to treatment, work to develop a personal plan of attack, using as many home remedy treatments as you can to expedite the healing process and find relief for your symptoms.

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