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Natural Cure for Acidity, heartburn and/or ACID reflux

Updated on March 14, 2012

Tips to control heartburn

Hubbers, when I was visiting my hub stats, I felt that tangy pain-causing liquid in my throat and I thought I have been keeping it like a secret (though it may not be for many of you who know it).

I thought why do not I help this community be aware of these treatments, if they are mot already. I had this situation for over 6 years and have devised my own ways of controlling it. So here it goes:

Why it occurs?

The Acidity or Acid reflux, Heartburn or anything we call it, all have irritating painful feeling, if you have experienced it after eating.

Millions of tiny pumps in our stomach lining generate acid to break down food we chew. Our lower esophageal sphincter (LES) works as a door. By its opening/closing mechanism it lets the food pass from esophagus into stomach and prevent the ACIDs from coming out. When the body produces extra acids and our LES is relaxed, the excess acids flow up, or reflux, into the esophagus. This creates the painful sensation of heartburn. Well medical experts can explain it better and in detail. However what I understand is the word “excess”.

My Theory!

In Chemistry classes during my college days, I learnt that ACID and BASE neutralize each other as they carry opposite ph value. Bearing that understanding in my mind I started finding natural ways to reduce ACID. I am not sure if I am correct with the concept however I am sure the treatment I based on this hypothesis is working like a magic for me as well as my friends.

Here are those that work for me and for my friends who used it. Please note that I would describe my condition between low to medium and following steps for 7-10 days I get 2-3 months of relief:

REMEDIES

WATER: Drink 1-2 glass of water for every meal . keep a lag of 15-20 minutes between meals and water

MILK: Just before sleeping, take the refrigerator cold milk (4 to 8 FL OZ : half or full glass, as your appetite allows). No sugar please as it works in opposite direction

MINT: Eat 8-10 mint leaves twice a week, if possible make 1-2 leaves as essential part of your meal

Fennel Seeds: Eat Fennel seeds. A quarter to half spoon is enough for a day

WALK: Walk 10 - 20 minutes after every meal but at least after night meal

MEALS: Do not eat beyond your capacity at all. If possible leave 5% space for hunger. If possible, eat small quantities 5 times a day than 3 times a day

ANTACIDS: Keep child-strength dosage of TUMS handy. Chew 1-2 per day, contains BASE formulae. Having antacids before meal and preferably for dinner, has helped a lot. These are days when I am partying every other day on at least one meal.

Disclaimer

Since I am talking about the health treatment, I would like to make sure that I am not held responsible for something I would never intend.

Please note that this article is for sharing the treatments that worked for me. If you have severe conditions, please consult your doctor for proper medication and procedures. This article in no means is intended to guarantee the cure.

 

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      Tori Canonge 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      I think we all have different ways of managing our acid reflux. Personally, milk would just do me under even worse! I do drink a lot of water and have found that to be helpful. I don't drink and I almost never have soda, so I don't have to worry about caffeine having a negative effect on me. I will say that I struggle with chocolate. I don't typically feel terrible after eating it, but sometimes I do. It's just one of those foods that I have a hard time avoiding! Also, movie theater popcorn - just throw that one out the window right now. Haha.

    • halitosis-info profile image

      halitosis-info 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for this hub. I suffered from ibs for many years, and among many other symptoms, acid reflux was one of the problems I found hard to deal with.

      In the end, oral probiotics and controlling my diet changed my life. Now I can pretty much eat everything most of the time, as my gut has become less sensitive and much healthier.

      Sometimes I forget the probiotics for a few days and it all reverts back to how it used to be... I wish I did not have to depend on them, but I can´t complain, my heartburn is gone, along with the chronic diarrhea, the nausea, etc. Happy times! :-)

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      treating acid reflux 

      8 years ago

      This is simply awesome. It is very helpful especially in taking good care of our body. Keep on posting. Thank you so much.

    • davidjames37 profile image

      davidjames37 

      8 years ago

      Sounds like you have a good solid foundation on controlling your heartburn. I had the early signs of an ulcer at the beginning of the year and it took me some time to be able to heal my ulcer naturally. Thanks to a raw foods diet, cabbage juice and some vitamin supplements I have fix my problem. Every once in awhile I get heartburn, but it's usually because I ate something I shouldn't of eaten and/or I haven't taken my supplements.

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      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Hey HubChief, here I am! Good advice and there are a lot of people who suffer from this so I am surprised I am the first to comment! Anyways nice hub!

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