Pain in the Core
Acid reflux is a type of digestive disorder that can be of discomfort to the chest (chest pain and heartburn) and throat (from burping or vomit) due to the regurgitation of acid from the stomach. The experience can be a mild episode for some and as extreme in pain comparable to a heart attack for others. The high pH of acid is normally contained and activated in the stomach, but when the protective lining is destroyed or the acidic content exits the stomach on a continual basis, issues like ulceration, scarring, bleeding, and swelling can occur. Over time, acid reflux can eventually eat away organs and tissues involves so working on treating it help resolve and reverse the problem and symptoms linked with it.
Top Five Natural Remedies for Reflux
1 – Organic Baking Soda
Baking soda helps to neutralize the pH of the stomach, but there is some caution that has to be known and understand when using it. For example, baking soda is would not be an option for those with high blood pressure issues or for those currently on a low-sodium diet. Baking soda is best as a last resort option in emergencies if you are in severe pain. Mix half to one teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water and drink it before it stops fizzing.
2 – Apple Cider Vinegar
Taking a tablespoon of raw, organic apple cider vinegar with 4-8oz of water before each meal will work wonders in bringing back order to your digestive system. A common reason for acid reflux is actually due to a lack of acid in the stomach. Drinking apple cider greatly improves the acidic contents of your stomach by calming the area and aiding in the breakdown of food. It is a quick-acting option for people to use.
3 – Organic Aloe Vera
The soothing effects of aloe vera also yield great results on the stomach as well as redness and diarrhea that may follow. Drinking at least half a cup of aloe vera juice before eating will help reduce inflammation. As a note, some brands may also have a laxative effect, and if you are looking to avoid that, look for brands that exclude it.
4 – Ginger Root
Taking ginger root or drinking ginger tea has long been known to provide a protective layer to the stomach and fight off the helicobacter pylori, a bacterium responsible for ulcers. Ginger is just as, of not more, effective than many drugs that are prescribed to treat acid reflux such as lansoprazole. You should also drink the tea at least half an hour before your meal or take 2-3 slices of ginger root with two cups of hot water.
5 – Slippery Elm
Slippery elm soothes the entire digestive system from mouth to anus. It also is an abundant source of antioxidants that can ease swelling. It is capable of stimulating nerve endings within the digestive system as well while increasing the secretion of mucus which helps protect the stomach from the hydrochloric acid and ulcers. You can take 400-500mg of the capsule form 3-4 times a day for 1-2 months with water. Alternatively, you may add two cups of hot water with two tablespoons of the powdered form up to three times daily. There are lozenges available; be sure to read the dosage instructions on the label.