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5 Home Remedies for Acid Reflux and Heartburn
My husband suffers from horrible heartburn and acid reflux. For him there is nothing worse than the moment when he is in the middle of a meal and suddenly feels like his throat has shrunk and the food feels like it is stuck in his throat and chest. This feeling leads to coughing which leads to throwing up just to find comfort. As his wife I felt horrible because there was little I could do. All the pills on the market never helped and if they did they only worked for a short time. One day I had enough and decided we were going to find a natural solution one way or another. Thankfully we found a few. I hope this list is able to help you.
Change your diet to reduce Acid Reflux
5 ways to beat Heartburn and acid reflux
- Apples - My first suggestion is to keep applesauce or an apple around. This has been the most effective for my husband. Just eat it right before a meal to prevent heartburn. You can also eat it at times you know you are prone to acid reflux or heartburn. For some they get acid reflux at bedtime. So just eat about 6 oz of it just before bed time.
- Apple Cider Vinegar- This stuff is amazing for so many health conditions. It does burn for some people when taking, but there is usually relief within a couple of minutes. Just drink about 2 oz as needed.
- Honey- This one has shown effective for a lot of people.The thickness seems to promote acid to go the correct direction. You only need a couple of teaspoons for good results. Natural honey is preferred and local natural honey is best.
- Pickle juice- This one works well if you don't have vinegar in the house. Pickle juice contains vinegar, so it will help. If you can't stand the pickle juice alone then try eating the pickles. It may not work as fast but a good option if you have nothing else to help.
- Yellow Mustard- I have zero clue as to why this one works but it does. Just eat one teaspoon in one big gulp! Relief is usually seen within a minute.
What is Acid Reflux?
Acid Reflux is a medical condition in which the gastric juices containing some acid flow back (reflux) coming from the stomach back to the esophagus. According to recent researches, somewhere around 20 percent of all people in the United States of America suffer at least once a week from acid reflux related symptoms. An additional 20% percent experience the uncomfortable symptoms at least once a month. Sadly most people who suffer from acid reflux don't even understand or know what is actually happening in their body.
At the entrance to your stomach there is a valve, which is the ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, the LES closes as soon as food goes through it. If the LES doesn't close all the way, acid produced by your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This can cause symptoms such as a burning chest pain called heartburn. If acid reflux symptoms happen more than twice a week, you may have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
What Are The Symptoms of Acid Reflux?
- Heartburn that feels like it starts in your stomach and works it's way to your chest or throat.
- Bloating or a feeling of being over full
- Burping or hiccuping a lot soon after a meal
- Nausea that seems to appear shortly after eating
- Weight loss that is accompanied by some of the other symptoms
- Feeling like food is stuck in your throat or chest, which can at times cause you to feel like you need to cough or throw up in order to relive the pressure you feel in your chest or throat.
Remember that these symptoms could also be signs of other illnesses, so never assume you know what is causing them.
How to Reduce Acid Reflux and Heartburn
- Do not eat very large meals.
- Avoid laying down right after eating.
- Keep your weight down to a healthy number.
- Avoid Eating and then doing an activity that requires a lot of bending.
- Avoid snacking near bed time
- Avoid acidic foods, spicy foods, and fatty foods
- Avoid taking NSAID medications like Ibuprofen or aspirin
- Stop drinking Alcohol
- Avoid smoking or inhaling second and smoke
- Avoid caffeinated beverages including your beloved coffee or tea
See a Doctor
Acid reflux and heartburn can be serious conditions. If the condition persists you should see a doctor. Natural and home remedies should only be used while working with a doctor. Discuss any new treatment with your doctor prior to using. If your doctor is completely against all natural remedies, find another doctor. Natural products are usually safer than medication.