It is not at all strange to be on the lookout for acid reflux home remedies. You might even say it is wise, especially during these times when you need to be practical when it comes to health and wealth. Home remedies are generally understood to be safer and cheaper. They are natural and do not contain artificial chemicals which we all know our body has great difficulty processing. When these chemicals are inefficiently processed, they end up causing more damage to our internal organs.
Home remedies are remedies you can do at home and probably even find in your backyard, making them loads cheaper than their commercial counterparts. You don’t have to make trips to a pharmacy and worry about travel expenses.
Yet, there are people who argue about the effectiveness of home remedies. To them, nothing beats commercially-prepared and bought antacids in so far as giving immediate relief is concerned. But let’s not forget, antacids work like a double-edged sword. As they relieve symptoms of acid reflux, they also cause many side effects and may even eventually result to organ malfunction.
Treating acid reflux at home can be done with the same degree of effectiveness, but better long-term results. Home remedies target not just the symptoms but the cause of the symptoms which make them highly effective in managing acid reflux once and for all.
Acid reflux is not mainly due to overconsumption of acids, although that can trigger an attack. The problem with acid reflux is the weakening of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (or muscle) that may in fact has many contributing factors, such as smoking and over consumption of fried, fatty, and acidic foods. Eating too much at one time, drinking too much water at one time, and lying down within an hour of eating can make things worse for your already weakened LES.
So what do you do?
- Avoid the factors that may have brought an attack in the first place. Stay away from smoking, fried and fatty foods, acidic foods, and caffeinated beverages.
- Eat small but do it more frequently.
- Eat slowly. Make time to chew your food. The process of chewing breaks down food into smaller particles for easier digestion.
- Prep your stomach by eating papaya or banana right at the start of your meal. These fruits contain enzymes that aid digestion.
- Take sips of water at the initial symptom of acid reflux.
- Take a tablespoon or two of organic honey to calm your stomach and soothe your esophageal lining.
- Bend your knees at the first symptom of heartburn – it strengthens your LES, helping to keep the stomach contents in the stomach.
- Chew a sugar-free gum after eating to neutralize the acids and enable the production of enzyme-rich saliva.
- Have some nuts for dessert. For some reason, eating nuts immediately after a meal does seem to reduce incidence of heartburn or acid reflux.
- If acid reflux symptoms occur frequently at night, wait for 3-4 hours after eating before lying down, and when lying down, have a pillow or two underneath your head.
With acid reflux home remedies, you get the best of both worlds – better health at lesser cost!