Are There Home Remedies For Acid Reflux?

by Sarah H - Date: 2007-01-22 - Word Count: 446 Share This!

Acid Reflux or heart burn as it is commonly called is a very unpleasant condition in which the liquid from the stomach gets into the esophagus (throat). This liquid contains acid produced by the stomach (hence the name acid reflux) such as pepsin which is an enzyme that is required for the digestion of protein, which can also contain what is known as bile. This acid is dangerous and can sometimes cause injury to the lining of the throat. Although there are a lot of commercial remedies for acid reflux there are a lot of people now turning to home remedies as an alternative. With the increasing awareness of herbs as a valuable medicine for healing, more people are turning to home remedies to solve their medicinal needs.

The most effective and simple treatment for acid reflux is to change your diet. To avoid acid reflux at night it is suggested that you sleep in an upright position. This can easily be accomplished by propping up yourself with a couple pillows by placing them at the beginning of your upper back, or you can try lying towards your left side because experts swear that in this position acid reflux is less likely to occur. This would force the liquid to quickly go back down to your stomach. Daytime is not so bad because you are almost always in a standing position or sitting upright and this makes it difficult for the acid reflux to get to the throat.

Some home remedies for acid reflux are Apple Cider Vinegar. Two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in water three times a day to be taken right after a meal. Apple Cider Vinegar can also be purchased in tablet form. This remedy seems to be the favorite from what the researches have shown and most people seem to think that it really works.

Other alternatives are Ginger. Fresh ginger should be ground and added to foods or it can be taken with tea. Some herbalists recommend drinking a glass of ginger diluted in water after each meal. Digestive enzymes is another alternative, because it helps speed up the digestive process for food. It can sometimes stop acid reflux from occurring. Other alternatives are to increase the amount of fiber in your everyday food, because fiber absorbs excess acid and gas and this enables your body to rid itself of toxins more efficiently. Yet another suggestion would be to try tea, especially herbal tea, because herbal tea contains such ingredients as peppermint, licorice roots, chamomile and ginger and should be taken after a meal. So now you know some of the home remedies you may now be able to sleep easily.

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