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How to Control Acid Reflux: Tips, Home Remedies and More

Updated on April 25, 2014
Why is a pumpkin vomiting guacamole?  He must have eaten some bad Mexican food.
Why is a pumpkin vomiting guacamole? He must have eaten some bad Mexican food. | Source

Acid Reflux or GERD

Having acid reflux or heartburn is not a good feeling. Acid Reflux occurs when you eat, your stomach acid flow backward into the esophagus, which is the tube that leads from the mouth to the stomach. The back flow called reflux. The reason of acid reflux could be some medications like aspirin and Ibuprofen. The acid reflux symptoms are burning sensation, chest pain, painful irritation and some time similar to heart attack reactions, underneath your breast bone. If acid reflux occurs on a daily basis, stomach acid can reacts with the lining of the esophagus and can lead some other serious health problems like scarring, ulceration, inflammation, pulmonary fibroid, hemorrhaging and esophageal cancer. It can be treated by home remedies and it lasts up to two hours or may be longer. You need to call your doctor if your symptom does not get better in two weeks or improves at all with any home remedies, antacid or acid reducers.

Acid Reflux Remedies:

Need to increase HCL level in your stomach to control the symptoms. This is very easy to do, you have to avoid cheap table salt which many people use and start using high quality sea salt. I always use Himalayan Crystal Salt in my house since I am also suffering with acid reflux. It contains right amount of chloride and dozens of trace minerals your body needs to balance your Hydrochloric Acid Levels. I am also taking Betaine HCL Supplement before any meal. This is actually working pretty good to control my acid reflux disease.

  • You need to change your dining habit. Since I have stopped eating processed food and cut down on sugars, getting a good result. I eat lots of fresh organic fruits, green vegetables like broccoli, collard green, bell pepper, lots of salad etc.
  • Eating raw food is very important because you get plenty of enzymes, high in nutrient value and help to digest your food. When the food is cooked over 120 degrees Fahrenheit, it destroys this health benefit.
  • Need to increase your vitamin D intake so that your body can produce enough antimicrobial peptides which in turn help to reduce any further infection in esophagus. It is free if you get enough sun exposure if not then eat food high in vitamin D or taking supplement.
  • Make a habit to walk daily at least 30 minutes a day and to live a healthy life. Do cardio exercise jump rope or regular walk.

Acid Reflux Cures at home:

Apple cider vinegar: Take 1 spoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water and take it after each meal. This will help you in digestion and calm you stomach and also relief in your acid reflux.

  • Baking Soda: Baking soda is the most natural anti acid to treat acid reflux. You should not use if you have high blood pressure or on salt restricted diet. Mix one spoon in a glass of water and drink it before stops fizzing.
  • Aloe Vera Juice: This is great to use an upset stomach, diarrhea and inflammation but it can be used also to calm down your acid reflux symptoms. As soon as your acid reflux start take 1 oz of Aloe Vera Juice and mixed in 2 oz of water.
  • Glutamine:- This is an anti-inflammatory that naturally found in the human body and reduces intestinal inflammation with acid reflux. The dietary sources of glutamine are milk, eggs, parsley, spinach and more.
  • Herbal Licorice:- This can be found in any health food store in tea or tincture form and helps coat the esophagus lining with protective gel.

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mix bananas with berries. Takes away the acid reflux, duh Ash.
mix bananas with berries. Takes away the acid reflux, duh Ash. | Source

Foods to Avoid:

  • Acidic foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits, garlic and onions
  • The foods which are high in fats like macaroni and cheese, creamy food, french fries, fried chicken, potato chips, brownies, doughnuts and chicken nuggets
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages
  • The caffeinated drinks like soda, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

Foods to Eat:

  • Include foods like skinless chicken breasts, steak, London Broil, extra-lean ground beef or fish.
  • Always choose a mild dish rather than a spicy one.
  • Choose fruits like apples, bananas, strawberries.
  • Vegetables like baked potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, peas, green beans, carrots and zucchini.
  • A fat free dairy product like Cheese, feta cheese, goat cheese, fat free cream cheese, fat free sour cream are safe to eat.
  • Multi-grain bread, cereal, oatmeal and rice, egg whites are also safe for individuals with acid reflux.

5 Tips to Control Acid Reflux:

1. Do not eat less than two hours before bedtime.

2. Eat smaller portion of food throughout the day instead of big meals.

3. Do not smoke, it can cause the esophageal sphincter to become weak or malfunction.

4. Make a habit to exercise daily for 30 minutes including cardio exercise, stair climb, jump rope or regular walk.

5. Drink a plenty of water throughout the day to help prevent acid reflux.

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      Jona Cris Peredo 

      4 years ago

      thanks for the tips, very interesting!

      http://www.homeremediesforheartburntips.com

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      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thanks for dropping by and nice comments,TIMETRAVELER2.

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      Sondra Rochelle 

      6 years ago from USA

      Very interesting and complete information here! I'm saving this one for personal use! Thanks.

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      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thanks for stopping by and your cute comments,Pegcole17.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Sometimes when I get acid reflux at night it helps if I drink a glass of water. Your tips were great and I laughed so hard at your pumpkin illustration. That was priceless.

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      Steve Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Great tips here. I know the pain this can cause and not to mention the discomfort. I got this quite often when in bed and thought on a number of occasions I was having a heart attack. For anyone going through this I would first advise to visit your Doctor as there are some really good medicines available to cure this. I never knew about Baking Soda being used as an antacid relief.

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      Urmila 

      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Thanks for your nice comment and voting up!Take care.

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      These home remedies sound like they might work. I'll give them a try next time I get this. Voting this Up and Useful.

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