How to Get Rid of Acid Reflux or GERD Naturally at Home
The bad taste in your mouth and the burning sensation in your gut and tummy after your meals, especially dinner, is not a good feeling at all. You believe it is some form of indigestion and have resorted to antacids to solve the problem as prescribed by your doctor, but you are not totally satisfied with the result – you continue to burp the gastric juices up from your stomach- i.e., you suffer from acid reflux or GERD. Perhaps you can look at alternative forms of treatment? One of these in particular, i.e.
Natural Therapy is especially effective when it comes to providing simple natural solutions to complex medical problems. While antacids are generally prescribed for this disorder, they tend to block absorption of other medications into the system. No such adverse effects occur when you make use of natural substances which are totally safe to use, and inexpensive as well.
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If you are suffering from heartburn over a period of a few days, with constant uneasiness in the abdomen, heaviness in the chest soon after a meal, burning sensation in the throat, and dry cough, chances are that the sphincter valve which separates the oesophagus from the stomach and which should be allowing only a one-way passage – i.e. for the food to travel down from the oesophagus to the stomach, is out of order: i.e., it is also permitting flow of stomach liquids, mostly acid, into the oesophagus, after a meal. If your meal is heavy, spicy and greasy, the stomach secretes more acid for digesting it and if the valve is not strong, this acid tends to flow back into the esophagus, giving rise to the symptoms you experience.
There are many factors which could cause a reflux of acid from the stomach into the oesophagus. Large, heavy, spicy or greasy meals is one of the main causes. Bending or lying down soon after a meal, being overweight, or constipated can all cause this condition. A medical condition called hiatus hernia may also be a reason for acid reflux. Certain medications can also bring about GERD if taken soon after a meal.
Are you in the habit of taking aspirin frequently? If so, it may help to look for substitutes, since this is one of the factors which may be causing your acid reflux or GERD. Also, avoid having large meals – break them down into several smaller ones, and keep them light and non-greasy. The heavier your meals are, the more acid is called in by the stomach to digest it, and excess pressure in the stomach tends to push acid into the esophagus.
See that you have your dinner well before bedtime. Lying down soon after a meal may cause the stomach juices to flow backwards into the oesophagus. Do not undertake any activity that requires bending soon after a meal. Also, you can raise the level of the bed you sleep on, such that the head is higher than the abdomen, thus mechanically preventing acid reflux.
Caffeinated drinks or carbonated drinks should be avoided if you suffer from GERD or acid reflux.
Apple cider vinegar is considered one of the very best remedies for acid reflux. Taking it in equal quantity with honey (2 tsp each) in a glass of water before meals, ensures good digestion and combats reflux.
Grind some ginger with a little water, add some lime and have it with your meals. It will also help digestion and there will be no acid reflux at the end of the meal. If you have ginger ale, it is good to have some with your meals.
A glass of water to which baking soda is added, is also a good remedy for GERD.
Red apples are another remedy. They serve to absorb any excess acid in the stomach, thereby stopping reflux.
If you would like to know more about curbing this problem, do get in touch with a Professional Natural Therapist.