Tuesday, January 17, 2017

15 Natural Remedies for Heartburn, GERD & Severe Acid Reflux! Must See!

     Heartburn can be experienced by anyone during their lifetime, but normally it starts in the 20's towards adulthood. Heartburn is characterized by an uncomfortable burning sensation near the breast bone that sometimes when it gets worse can creep up the throat and make you feel acidic in your mouth that sometimes it stings at the throat.

     Heartburn is caused by acid reflux, and it occurs when the ring of muscle that allows the food in the stomach relaxes, however it shouldn't relax at all. When that ring of muscle relaxes the acid from your stomach goes back up your esophagus, which causes the heartburn sensation.

     You might rethink about what you eat and also your lifestyle because those are the major causes of acid reflux and heartburn. Also remember that you can't have a heartburn if you don't have acid reflux, but you can have acid reflux without heartburn. Below are the 15 natural remedies that can help you cure heartburn and severe acid reflux!

1. Baking Soda

     A spoonful of baking soda can help you put at end to the gnawing, burning, sensation of heartburn that is caused by the  Heartburn can be experienced by anyone during their lifetime, but normally it starts in the 20's towards adulthood. Heartburn is characterized by an uncomfortable burning sensation near the breast bone that sometimes when it gets worse can creep up the throat and make you feel acidic in your mouth that sometimes it stings at the throat. acid reflux. Baking soda can help you to neutralize the stomach acid since it has a pH level of 7.0 and higher.

     All you need to do is to mix 1/2 teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 8 ounces of water. Give it a good stir and drink it all. But remember not to overdose yourself, and not to exceed 7 1/2 teaspoon in a 24 hour period. Also remember that you shouldn't use this as a remedy for a whole week straight since baking soda is high in salt that can cause side effects such as swelling and nausea.

2. Aloe Vera

     Aloe Vera is a good plant that can cure a lot of illness, and one of those is curing heartburn and severe acid reflux. It can help is soothing burns, and some people even use it to cure sunburns. When your stomach is starting to get irritated and inflamed, a nice glass of aloe vera juice can help you to calm the burning sensation down.

     All you need to do is a 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice. Drink it before eating any meals. Also remember that aloe vera can act as a laxative, so unless you want to visit the bathroom a few times and answer a jigsaw puzzle, look for a brand that has the laxative component removed. Also if you have the plant itself cut a big stem and remove the aloe vera extract in it, then add a little bit of honey to taste and 3 ounces of water.

3. Chewing Gum

     There was a study in which they've experimented with GERD or Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease or in short, heartburn. You just need to chew a piece of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes, because chewing gum can stimulate the salivary glands and increase the flow of saliva. Any acid that has built up will be diluted and washed away.

4. Chin Up (Don't Lie Down)

     Normally heartburn tends to get worse at night time, since you're lying down and its much easier for the acid in your stomach to go back up in your esophagus. Try elevating your head for about 6 inches when you sleep. Like adding some blocks on the mattress head board so that it can get a bit high. Also remember not to lie down within 3 to 4 hours after eating because it can make your stomach press much harder against your lower esophageal sphincter.

5. How, What, and When?

Watch How You Eat:

     Don't eat giant mouthfuls of food. Instead take smaller bites and eat slowly so that you can allow your stomach some time to digest the food without giving it an excuse to pump out excess acid.

Watch What You Eat:

     You might be aware that there are specific foods that can trigger heartburn, and normally these are foods that is high in acid such as tomatoes, and citrus fruits. Also avoid eating spicy foods.

Watch When You Eat:

     Don't eat within 3 to 4 hours before going to bed. Since lying down can increase the likelihood of acid sneaking through your stomach and eventually go up to your esophagus.

6. Get More Acid

     Check if you haven't eaten anything citrus and spicy for awhile and you still have acid reflux.  If you still have acid reflux, then there's a probability that your stomach isn't producing enough acid in your stomach that's why it'll open up more to produce more in which your stomach can't handle and make you have an acid reflux. You can try eating something citrus to try this out. It's like countering acid versus acid. You can try drinking some pure, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to see if this can prevent your reflux, or cuts it off.

     All you need is 3 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed with 6 to 8 ounce of water then drink. Do this before eating each meal, or 2-3 times per day. If you feel that it worsened your reflux more then do not continue on consuming it. Since too much can contribute to more problem.

7. Banana or Apple

     Bananas contains natural antacids that can act as a buffer against acid reflux. Try letting a few bananas ripen up nicely and eat one every day. You can also try eating apple a day. Slice one apple and eat it 4 hours before bedtime.

8. Ginger Root Tea

     Ginger root can help you to ease up a number of stomach problems, and by problems it means from nausea to acid reflux. You can sip up a cup of fresh tea for about 20 minutes before a meal to calm down your stomach before eating anything.

     All you need is 3 quarter sized slices of ginger root, and 2 cups of water. Mix them together and let it simmer under heat. Cover the pot for 30 minutes, and strain the ginger root. Drink and enjoy. You  can add a bit of honey for a sweet taste.

9. Tracking the Triggers

     Make a journal of what you eat, drink, do, and wear everyday for a whole week or even a month so you can track down what triggers your heartburn instead of getting crazy with remembering what you eat, and also relying on over-the-counter medications.

10. Avoid Tight Clothes

     Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes especially on your waist, or the middle part of your body because it can worsen your heartburn.

11. Alcohol + Smoking = Heart on Fire

     Alcohol and smoking isn't really a good idea because you can end up with a terrible reflux the following day or even hour. The alcohol, along with the nicotine in the cigarette will both work to weaken down your LES, which makes it much easier for your stomach contents and acid to splash into your esophagus.

12. Weight Maintain

     If you are overweight then you might want to think of losing some weight since you're going to suffer more occasional heartburn that those who have a normal weight.

13. Mustard

     Mustard is full of minerals and it contains a weak acid in the form of vinegar. Since mustard has alkaline properties it can help you to neutralize the acid that may come creeping up your throat, and therefore may neutralize the pain from the acid reflux.

     All you need is 1 teaspoon of good quality yellow mustart and the courage to take it straight.

14. Almonds

     Almonds is a natural remedy for heartburn, all you need to do is to eat 3 to 4 almonds after every meal, every snack, and every time you consume anything. Its much better to consume organic almonds. These almonds will neutralize the juices in your stomach which will relieve and prevent heartburn.

15. Chamomile Tea

     Drink chamomile tea 1 hour before you go to sleep as it can help in reducing inflammation in your stomach and it will also balance out the acidity levels as well. You can use instant chamomile tea, or its much better to make your own.

     All you need is 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flower petals, a strainer, 1 cup of boiling water, and honey to taste (optional). Add up the dried chamomile petals in the boiling water and slowly reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 1 hour. Remove the tea from heat and strain them. Pour the tea into a mug and add a bit of honey to taste.