There are hundreds of acid reflux remedies to be found in the market these days but the sheer number or them, combined with a lot if conflicting information can make it difficult to get the right one for you. Most people these days prefer to seek out natural solutions for the problem, so I decided to start up this blog to dispel some of the myths and knock down a lot of the hype surrounding acid reflux remedies and allow you to make an informed decision
What Is Acid Reflex?
Acid reflux, also sometimes referred as GERD – its easier to say than Gastroesophageal reflux disease – is a common problem but one that can be very uncomfortable and even distressing depending on the severity. GERD is a recognised medical condition where the food pipe – or oesophagus – becomes irritated due to regurgitation of acid from the stomach. Symptoms of the condition include heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest and throat, bad breath, a sore throat and even, in some cases, regurgitation of food. Although not particularly serious, like most medical condition, if you don’t take steps to treat it, the condition can start to cause more serious such as stomach ulcers.
Why A Natural Solution?
Although there are many over the counter remedies for acid reflux, and they are very well advertised, many people still prefer to use a natural solution to the problem. Medicines are costly, they can take a very long time to become effective and, of course they are not always safe for everyone to take; for example pregnant mothers (a group which, incidentally, are very prone to acid reflux!) Natural solutions, by comparison are very cheap, sometimes free, and tend to be more effective as well as being much gentler on our bodies. Some of the more popular acid reflux remedies are
Apple Cider Vinegar; best used for acute acid reflux, for example following a heavy night out. This is a quick and easy solution to the problem – just mix a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink. The vinegar negates the acidity and quickly works to get rid of the symptoms.
Ginger; this is a great, and tasty, way to get rid of acid reflux. Ginger works by absorbing the excess stomach acid that causes the condition and it’s also very easy to take since its available in capsule form or a ginger solution which can be added to a glass of water and taken with your meal.
Fennel; these seeds contain a compound called Anethole which has been shown to control stomach spasms and cramps. They also make a great snack, so when you feel the symptoms of acid reflux coming on, just pick up a tasty handful of fennel seeds and chew.
Aloe Vera; nature’s wonder treatment comes to the rescue again. As well as combatting the effects of sunburn or dry skin, aloe vera has great soothing properties for a whole range of digestive ailments including ulcerative colitis and diarrhoea. Simply drink a glass of tasty aloe vera juice – available from most supermarkets – first thing in the morning for a day free from acid reflux.
Herbal Tea; slowly sip – don’t gulp – a cup of chamomile tea for the best effect. Chamomile acts to soothe the inflamed lining of the stomach and bring almost immediate relief – its one of the tastiest and most effective acid reflux remedies that I know.
So, as you can see, there are many natural acid reflux remedies available – you just have to look around and try a few until you find the one that works for you. Hopefully you will find the information in this blog useful, and enlightening. Above all, please take action if you suffer from regular heartburn and don’t let acid reflux turn into something more serious.