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5 Simple Ways to Treat Acid Reflux at Home

No one wants to deal with acid reflux. Heartburn can be a painful disruption to a wonderful day relaxing at home. While there are several over-the-counter and prescription medications available, you may have some items in the house that can treat acid reflux symptoms.

acid reflux affects the digestive system but can be treated at home

Below are some simple home remedies you can use to soothe the burning in your chest caused by acid reflux. If you experience frequent and severe heartburn, you should talk with your doctor as this may be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Keep a Pack of Gum Handy

According to a study documented by the Journal of Dental Research, chewing a piece of gum after a meal can help ease the effects of acid reflux. However, not just any type of gum will do. You’ll need some sugar-free gum.

How does chewing gum combat acid reflux? When you chew gum, your salivary glands are stimulated and start producing more saliva. The increased flow of saliva stifles the buildup of acid in your gut and can improve chronic heartburn symptoms.

The Soothing Power of Aloe

Aloe has long been used to treat sunburns, but did you know it can also treat acid reflux? Aloe juice can reduce inflammation in the stomach. Try drinking a ½ cup of aloe vera juice before meals to prevent heartburn.

It should be noted that aloe vera juice not only acts as an anti-inflammatory, but also a laxative. Luckily, you can buy aloe vera juice without the laxative properties.

Find Some Baking Soda

For anyone who suffers from chronic acid reflux or GERD, baking soda can be a really helpful home remedy. How? Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate can neutralize acids in the stomach.

baking soda used to treat acid reflux

It is recommended that you mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a cup of water to help treat symptoms of acid reflux. However, baking soda is high in sodium and should not be used as a frequent treatment for heartburn or other symptoms of acid reflux.

Apple Cider Vinegar can Treat Acid Reflux

Having a buildup of too much acid in the gut is not always the cause of acid reflux. Sometimes symptoms can be caused by having too little acid. When this happens, the lower esophageal sphincter can become loose which may allow acid to flow into to the esophagus causing you to experience acid reflux.

One way to help balance out your acid levels is to ingest some apple cider vinegar. Try taking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water to treat your acid reflux. Should your symptoms begin to worsen, stop taking apple cider vinegar immediately. You may have too much acid in your stomach and should try some of the other remedies previously mentioned.

Try a Cup of Tea

Tea can have numerous health benefits for you. It has been used for thousands of years with different herbs to treat all sorts of maladies. The most effective tea for treating acid reflux is chamomile or ginger root tea.

Chamomile (whether brewed fresh or made using tea packets) can help reduce stress and inflammation that can trigger GERD symptoms, such as heartburn. It is usually most effective to drink a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed.

Ginger root tea can also be very useful in soothing your acid reflux. Ginger root is a great herb for preventing nausea, vomiting and acid buildup. Try drinking a cup of ginger root tea half an hour before meals to prevent heartburn from occurring.

Check out this helpful list of natural remedies if you would like some more ideas.

Striving for Better Heartburn Treatments

Moving forward, clinical research will play a critical role in discovering better treatments for heartburn and GERD. At Achieve Clinical Research, this is exactly why we are conducting GERD clinical studies. This isn’t an easy mission, but members of local patient communities have stepped up to help.

Are you are interested in participating in a GERD clinical trial at our clinic in Birmingham? Please call us at (205) 757-8208 or fill out our contact form in the right hand corner of this page.

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