Cures for Acid Reflux - Where to Find Natural Home Remedies and Cures for Acid Reflux
Acid Reflux Causes and Symptoms
Acid Reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) as it is also known, is a very common condition in which the liquid content of the stomach backs up into the esophagus.
Sometime it can be extremely painful and/or uncomfortable.
There are quite a few causes of acid reflux, most of them having to do with diet. Foods such as chocolate, citrus fruits, tomatoes, caffeinated drinks, alcoholic drinks, garlic and onions, spicy, fatty or fried foods or peppermint can all contribute to acid reflux or GERD.
You might also notice that you get acid reflux after eating a heavy meal, after bending over or lifting an object, or while lying down -- particularly when lying on your back.
Most cases of acid reflux are temporary and can be treated at home with the home remedies listed below. However, if your symptoms are more severe there is a possibility you may be suffering from something more serious. Please refer to the end of this article for signs of when you should call a doctor or go to the emergency room.
Home Remedies For Acid Reflux
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Apple Cider Vinegar
Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most effective home remedies for curing acid reflux. Some people simply take one teaspoon of it when acid reflux symptoms appear though that might be a little painful and extremely strong tasting. The recommended way to use Apple Cider Vinegar is to put 2 teaspoons of it into a glass of water. If you add 2 tablespoons of honey it is even more palatable, plus the honey helps with acid reflux as well.
Aloe Vera Juice
Drinking Aloe Vera juice would be the second most effective natural remedy for acid reflux. You can buy Aloe Vera Juice at a local health store such as GNC. Some people do not like the taste of the juice however so you can also purchase Aloe Vera tablets or caplets that will help as well. (Just be sure that you are not allergic to Aloe.) Take 2 or 3 times a day with a full glass of water.
Apples are a great way to ward off or alleviate symptoms of acid reflux. Simply eat half an apple at the end of each meal. From what I understand organic apples might work a little better than Granny Smith’s or Red Delicious, but there is no real proof to back up that claim.
A good quality yogurt contains beneficial digestive bacteria. Be sure it is plain yogurt though. Ones with certain fruits can further aggravate acid reflux.
Pickle juice is also a fast easy remedy for acid reflux. Simply take some of the juice out of the pickle jar in your refrigerator. If the juice by itself is too strong for you, eat a pickle along side of it with some sips of juice.
Baking soda is another old fashioned home remedy for acid reflux that has been recommended by Grandmothers everywhere! The general rule of thumb is to add about a half a teaspoon of baking soda to 1-3 ounces of water, mix well - until dissolved - and drink. Please note this is a temporary solution only. Continual daily use might cause your body to produce even more acid to over-compensate.
If you are an almonds fan, this is the remedy for you. As few as 5 to 6 almonds (either raw or roasted) can help immediately reduce acid reflux. (Obviously do not use this remedy if you are allergic to almonds however.)
Lemonade or Lemon Water
Lemons are also very good in curing acid reflux. Some people simply squeeze a fresh lemon into a glass of water and drink it, others use lemon juice mixed with water or finally you can just keep a pitcher of lemonade in the fridge for just these occasions. Try to avoid heavily sugared brands however.
Another fast remedy for acid reflux that you can find in your fridge is mustard. Simply eat one tablespoon of yellow mustard (the type you use for hot dogs) and your acid reflux should disappear.
Sleep on Your Left Side to Prevent Acid Reflux
If you find that you experience acid reflux at night while sleeping, simply turn over to your left side. This remedy alone should give you some relief.
When to call 911 or Go to the Emergency Room
Sometimes people can confuse heart attack symptoms for acid reflux. If you are experiencing: chest pain, pressure or fullness lasting more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back, sweating along with chest pain, shortness of breath (with or without chest pain) lightheadedness, nausea or dizziness, or pain or discomfort in your shoulder, neck or jaw you should call an ambulance or 911.
When to See a Doctor
As mentioned above, these home remedies can work very well for temporarily relief of Acid Reflux, however if you find you are suffering from it more than twice a week for a prolonged period of time or experience any of the following symptoms, it is time to visit a doctor.
Weight loss, difficulty or pain with swallowing, blood in vomit, black or maroon colored stools, chronic sore throat, asthma-like symptoms, such as wheezing or dry cough or hiccups that don’t let up.
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