9 Natural Methods To Stop Acid Reflux In Its Tracks
Acid reflux is painful, frustrating and debilitating at times. Millions of people suffer every day, potentially leading to other health problems. Acid reflux leads to heartburn and extra burping. At times, the pain can be so severe; you might feel as if you have chest pains. Many have mistaken acid reflux for a heart attack!
If you’ve never experienced acid reflux, consider yourself lucky. It happens when acid and partially digested food rises into your esophagus. You might experience burning in your throat. Continued experiences can cause a lump in your throat, a sour taste in your mouth, and scars in the esophagus. Long-term acid reflux can cause esophageal cancer.
9 Natural Ways to Treat Reflux
1. Balance Your Stomach Acid Levels
As you might imagine, more acid in your stomach leads to more acid reflux. Higher levels of hydrochloric acid in your stomach leads to more pain for you. To help treat your reflux, increase your stomach’s natural production of digestive acid.
There are several ways to make this happen. Start by replacing your plain table salt with Himalayan crystal salt. This type of salt contains trace minerals and chloride. Another trick is to take an HCL supplement 5 to 10 minutes before eating.
2. Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods
Without a doubt, removing sugar and processed foods from your diet is tricky! However, a balanced, healthy diet is ideal for treating reflux. Your diet should consist of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with meats.
Raw veggies and fruit are ideal because all of the enzymes are still available. Cooking your food destroys those enzymes. If raw veggies aren’t your cup of tea, try stir-frying or lightly steaming them.
Eating the right foods gives the proper support to your digestive system. You should also consider taking a probiotic supplement that increases the good bacteria in your bowels.
3. Change How You Eat
It isn’t enough just to change what you eat. You have to change how you eat as well. Decrease the amount of food that you eat at one time. Doing so lessens the pressure on your stomach.
Bedtime is often a trigger time for acid reflux. As soon as you lay down to go to sleep, the pain returns, often leading to nausea and vomiting. To stop this from happening, don’t eat two to three hours before bedtime. Doing so also reduces the pressure on your stomach as you try to get a good night’s rest.
4. Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar seems to be a cure for most things, including acid reflux. I know; you probably are wondering how vinegar could make your reflux any better. It’s true!
You want to purchase raw, organic apple cider vinegar that contains the mother still. Take it as a tonic by adding a tablespoon of ACV into four to six ounces of water. Drink before each meal to settle all of your stomach acids and aid your digestive system.
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