Anyone who has ever experienced acid reflux knows what misery means. The pain, the burning, the FOUL taste left in your mouth… there just isn’t anything remotely good about it. While there are medications available, most of us would like to be on as few medicines as possible. Having said that, of course, if your condition is especially bad, you’d be nuts NOT to see a doctor for a prescription. You don’t look nuts to me, so I know you’ll see a doctor if you need to.
Fortunately, there are actually quite a few things we can do to treat acid reflux symptoms on our own. By just making a few changes to our diet and, if needed, adding a few simple things to our diet, we can spend more time sleeping soundly and less time sitting up in the middle of the bed cursing every bite we took the previous day. Been there, hated that.
Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux:
The following is a dream team for those experiencing digestive problems. Experts suggest trying different ones to see which work for you. Just be sure to stick with them long enough to see if they’re doing you any good or not.
- Aloe Vera Juice. This juice (with a taste that requires a little getting used to) is a MUST HAVE for anyone with digestion-related issues. While drinking a little Aloe Vera Juice can quickly alleviate nausea, indigestion, and heart burn, it’s also a great idea to drink some each day – before you actually have pain or feel queasy. You should take up to 4 oz daily, preferably before eating. We’ve kept Aloe Vera Juice in the refrigerator for as long as I can remember. It aids digestion and is a God-send for upset stomachs.
- Herbal Licorice. I have never, personally, tried Herbal Licorice but it sounds pretty amazing. A story on Treating Acid Reflux Symptoms (Fox News) reported that Herbal Licorice is believed to be effective in treating stomach and intestinal ulcers, reducing stomach acid levels, coating the stomach wall with a protective gel and relieving constipation. Look in the Vitamins/Minerals/Herbs section of your favorite store. Licorice Herbal Tea is available on Amazon (I’m throwing some into my cart asap!).
- Apple Cider Vinegar. I have to admit, this one caught me a little off guard! While I love Apple Cider Vinegar in barbecue sauces, German Potato Salad, and a lot of other recipes, I’ve never considered taking a spoonful or two of it. Apparently, I don’t know what I’ve been missing. Apple Cider Vinegar has a calming effect on your stomach and naturally alleviates stomach acid. In fact, a lot of people who haven’t gotten relief for their Acid Reflux Disease with other methods have had great success with Apple Cider Vinegar – something that was probably in their pantry the whole time. Simply add 2 teaspoons to a glass of water and drink three times per day. The water will make it more palatable – as will the knowledge that you’re chasing stomach acid away.
See Treating Acid Reflux Symptoms (Fox News) for a few more suggestions.
Foods That Help Acid Reflux Symptoms:
The following foods are known to help naturally treat acid reflux disease and help keep acid from forming in the first place. (Source)
- Red apples
- Ginger root
- Basil leaves
- Herbal teas
- Yellow mustard
- Fennel seed
A Few Other Simple Tips for Treating Acid Reflux Disease:
- Eat slowly. Take your time to chew each bite thoroughly and even put your fork or spoon down between bites.
- Don’t eat while flustered, angry, or even agitated! Chill out… THEN eat in peace.
- Keep a food journal. If you take a few weeks (or even months to be especially thorough) and write down everything you eat and drink each day – then note whether you’ve experienced pain and discomfort or not – you may see a pattern develop. Your problem could possibly be solved simply by cutting out certain foods, or even restaurants. Common “problem” foods include fatty foods (because they’re more difficult to digest), fried foods, citrus fruits, garlic, chocolate, caffeine, and tomatoes. Keep in mind, however, that foods that bother one person may not bother you one bit. That’s why a personal food journal is the best way to go – then you’ll know the only “problem” foods that really matter – those that are a problem for YOU!
- Eat small meals frequently as opposed to a couple of large meals each day. This advice is given for so many different issues that I’m starting to think it’s simply healthier to eat lightly throughout the day. Whether it’s weight loss, hiatal hernias, stomach ulcers, or acid reflux disease, this advice is golden. When it comes to acid reflux disease, the correlation is simple: Large meals force the stomach to create more acid. Is it any wonder all-you-can-eat buffets often spell misery?
- Be smart about when you eat. Don’t eat right before exercising or right before going to bed (or even lying down on the couch for a cat nap). You should wait at least 3 hours after eating before going to bed.
Finally, if you battle acid reflux (either several times a week or several times a year), I highly recommend the best book I’ve found on the subject: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Acid Reflux Diet. Click the link to find this great book on Amazon or click the following link to read my The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Acid Reflux Diet Review.