Acid reflux is not a rare condition. Another term for acid reflux is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or peptic ulcer. One of its common symptoms is what is referred to as heartburn. It is experienced by a great number of adults during their lifetime.
This condition is characterized by a burning sensation right behind the breastbone. This sensation at times moves up to the throat.
Having heartburn is always a very uncomfortable experience. This condition is caused when acid from your stomach climbs back to the gut. When this happens, it means that the ring muscle that allows food into the stomach has relaxed when it isn’t supposed. A reflux can occur without having heartburn, but the opposite is not true. There are several treatments for acid reflux. You can get medications from the local chemist, change your lifestyle especially if condition is not severe or use home remedies. Some remedies are below explained.
1. Baking Soda
Taking a teaspoonful of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) can be a remedy for the uncomfortable burning sensation caused by acid reflux. Sodium c bicarbonate is a base, therefore it neutralizes the acid from the stomach. For this treatment you will need one or a half teaspoon of baking soda and a glass of water.
– Mix the half or full teaspoon of baking soda with water in the glass. Water should be not more than 8 ounces.
– Stir the mixture well, then drink the mixture.
If the condition comes again, repeat the procedure (make sure you do not consume more than three and a half teaspoons in a period of 24 hours)
2. Aloe Juice
Apart from being used to treat sunburns, aloe can also be used to soothe heartburns. It is known to reduce the inflammation caused by acid reflux. If you have a heavy heartburn, it means that your gut has been inflamed. A glass of aloe vera juice can be used to calm the condition. For this treatment you will need a half cup of aloe vera juice.
– Drink the half cup aloe juice, making sure it is cool. Do this before meals, this is because aloe can also act as a laxative.
3. Chewing Gum
According to a research conducted by the Journal of Dental research, people affected by acid reflux got a relief after chewing a sugar free gum 30 minutes after a meal. This is because chewing stimulates salivary glands, which produce saliva that washes away the acid coming up the gut. For this you will just need a piece of sugar free gum.
– Chew a piece of sugar free chewing gum after a meal for 30 minutes.
4. Gingerroot Tea
Ginger root is key essential in helping several stomach issues. It also can be a remedy for acid reflux. Taking a cup of fresh ginger tea about 20 minutes before having the meal can be of help. For this you will need 3 quarter sized pieces of gingerroot and 2 cups of water.
– Cut the gingerroot pieces to smaller pieces then simmer in 2 cups of water covered. This should be for about 30 minutes.
– Pour the water boiled in ginger in a water glass and drink before the meal.
Mustard contains a weak acid in form of vinegar. Taking mustard straight might not be easy at first, but I assure you that it will help calm the acid reflux. Mustard is known for its alkalizing properties, and because of this it can help neutralize stomach acid climbing up your gut. For this you will just need about 1 teaspoon of quality yellow mustard.
– Master up some courage and take it straight.
Acid reflux is a condition that is better managed. It is not easy to completely do away with it. The above named remedies are just but a few, others can include eating of apples and bananas, taking almonds, avoiding tight clothes, avoiding use of cigarettes and alcohol, maintaining weight among others. All these remedies are not complicated to do. Try some of them and we assure you that you will find the ones that work best for you…