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Natural Remedies To Treat Acid Reflux

Updated on July 30, 2012

Acid reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD, is a condition in which the contents of the stomach leak backwards into the esophagus. This can create different uncomfortable and painful symptoms, including:

  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Hiccups
  • Sore throat
  • Regurgitation of food (when the food comes back up after eating)
  • Hoarse/change in voice
  • Difficulty swallowing

Antacids and other medications used to treat acid reflux can help, though there are natural remedies that many sufferers find to be effective as well. However, always consult a doctor before trying these or any other natural remedy.


Aloe Vera has been known as the 'miracle plant' because of the wide array of ailments it can treat.
Aloe Vera has been known as the 'miracle plant' because of the wide array of ailments it can treat. | Source

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is known to have a wide array of healing properties. The plant is used as an ingredient in various sunblocks, lotions, and shampoos, and the gel has been known to relieve the pain of minor burns and other superficial wounds when applied to the area. When it is made into a juice, it can be used to treat the symptoms of numerous medical conditions- including acid reflux. This is because the plant contains the nutrients and amino acids that are needed to help balance the digestive system and therefore relieve symptoms.

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is a well-known home remedy for reducing or completely eliminating the symptoms of acid reflux. It is thought to work by lowering the the acidity of the stomach and maintaining it at that lower level, since acetic acid is weaker than hydrochloric acid. As a result, it reduces symptoms by decreasing problems that are associated with the esophagus.

To make your own apple cider vinegar tonic, mix two to three teaspoons of ACV with eight ounces of water. Drink it before meals or whenever you experience symptoms.


CAUTION

Do not use this baking soda remedy if you have high blood pressure and are restricted to a low sodium diet. When the baking soda is combined with the stomach acid, it reacts, forming sodium chloride and water which is ordinary table salt.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is also an old remedy used for treating the symptoms of acid reflux. Because baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is alkaline, it neutralizes the stomach acidity. However, make sure to use only baking soda that reads 'aluminum free' or '100% sodium bicarbonate', as others may contain aluminum which can be left over in the manufacturing and processing of the baking soda and can be potentially harmful.

It is important not to overdo it on the baking soda, since that can lead to too much stomach acid being neutralized and create digestion problems. Consequently, this can actually cause acid reflux. It is recommended to use only half a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in four ounces of water.

An apple a day can keep the doctor, as well as acid reflux away!
An apple a day can keep the doctor, as well as acid reflux away! | Source

Apples

Eating apples can help prevent acid reflux symptoms in some sufferers, as they contain tartaric and malic acids, which help neutralize stomach acidity. This remedy only works, though, if you eat sweeter apples, such as Braeburn instead of tart versions, such as granny smiths.

For best results, eat half an apple within 15-20 minutes immediately after you finish a meal to prevent acid reflux. However, make sure you save some room in your stomach to eat the apple, as eating it on a full stomach can result in the onset of symptoms.

CAUTION

Because licorice can cause high blood pressure, do not take DGL if you currently have or are being treated for the condition.

Licorice

Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice, or DGL, is thought to work in treating acid reflux by soothing the tissues of the stomach and esophagus that have become irritated by the refluxed stomach acid. In addition, it is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. DGL in chewable tablet form often works the most effectively.


Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is another natural remedy that neutralizes stomach acids, therefore preventing and relieving acid reflux symptoms. It is best to use lemons or lemon juice that is at room temperature. To make the lemon juice tonic, simply combine a teaspoon of lemon juce into half a glass of water, preferably warm (not microwaved, though).

Glutamine

Glutamine is an amino acid that reduces the intestinal inflammation that is associated with acid reflux. It can naturally be found in the body, as well as in foods, such as milk, dairy products, eggs, fish, chicken, beef, beans, cabbage, and spinach. Increasing the consumption of these foods can help reduce occurrences of acid reflux.

Smoking can cause acid reflux symptoms.
Smoking can cause acid reflux symptoms. | Source

Other Lifestyle Changes

There are changes that you can make to your lifestyle that alone can help significantly decrease and eliminate acid reflux symptoms. These include:

  • Losing weight
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Quitting smoking
  • Not overeating and eating slowly
  • Drinking more water
  • Avoiding foods that can trigger acid reflux (For a list of these foods, look here.)



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    • Becky Puetz profile image

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Good advice and ideas. I had no idea that eating an apple could help with acid re-flux; I'm going to try this idea. Thanks

    • QualityContent profile image

      QualityContent 

      7 years ago

      I use baking soda. Just a bit on the tip of a spoon and some water. Works better than all medications.

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      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Great list. My husband has acid reflux really bad... to the point where it seems even milk gives him heart burn. I will definitely pass this on. Maybe something on here will work!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Very useful and interesting list of foods, Jenn. The main idea is to reduce the acid environment in the stomach and these remedies do just that.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • jennzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Jenn 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for commenting, voting, and sharing grandmapearl, au fait, and trinity! Glad you found this hub useful.

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      Trinity M 

      7 years ago

      Great hub jennzie. I suffer from acid reflux a lot and I have found that ACV and aloe work very well for me. Thank you for sharing this great information. Voted up and useful.

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      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      What a useful informative hub! I will be sharing this with people I know who have an acid reflux problem. So glad I found this information.

      Voted you up and useful and will share with my followers!

      Thanks for the follow!

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      Connie Smith 

      7 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Great info, especially since these are all natural remedies. I especially like the idea of drinking more water. Staying hydrated is a very healthy thing! Voted Up, Useful and Shared

    • jennzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Jenn 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting donnah, lindalou, lipnancy, and gypsy! I hope this was helpful.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Thanks for this very informative and interesting hub. I knew about apple vinegar and baking soda but not about the others. Natural cures are the best. Passing this on.

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      Nancy Yager 

      7 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Thank you for these natural cures. I am sure that most people are not aware of them.

    • lindalou1963 profile image

      Linda 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for sharing this, I know someone who suffers from reflux but refuses to go to the doctor. Maybe he'll try one of these treatments. Thanks again!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you for this. This is a good list, and natural remedies are always best. Voted up and sharing.

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