Today I want to discuss ways to prevent acid reflux, foods that prevent acid reflux, how to treat acid reflux at home and how to reduce acid reflux naturally. As a side note, keep in mind that the terms “acid reflux”, “GERD” and “heartburn” all mean the same thing.
Ways to prevent acid reflux
As I’ve discussed in earlier articles, acid reflux disease or GERD happens when the stomach returns its contents back up the esophagus. During normal digestion, the lower esophageal sphincter muscle (LES) open to allow food to travel down to the stomach and closes to stop food and stomach acid from flowing back up the esophagus. GERD happens when the LES is weak or relax when it shouldn’t which allow the contents of the stomach to flow back into the esophagus. Heartburn is the what you feel from the “reflux” of the stomach acid backing up into the esophagus. How do we prevent this from happening?
There are prescripton medications and over the counter drugs many of which have bad side effects. There are natural remedies which you can use such as CBD oil (which I’ve written about previously) and Aloe based products which I will discuss further.
However, the best way to prevent acid reflux is to understand what you eat and be conscious of the foods which cause you distress. We are all different and different foods affect each of us differently
Foods that prevent acid reflux
To repeat, we’re all different so these are foods that generally affect most people who are having acid reflux problems.
- MIlk. This one is controversial. Some people suggest drinking milk relieves the symptoms because it supposedly coats the stomach and helps slow down the action of the stomach acid. It is suggested that you use low fat or non fat milk. I finally gave up mild recently after a life-time drinking a glass or more and discovered that it relieved some of my symptoms. I have switched to almond which is a reasonable substitute. If you drink milk and have acid reflux you may want to stop the mild for a time and see what happens
- Turmeric. If you haven’t heard of this spice you might want to google it as it has been a traditional natural remedy. It is the spice that gives curry its yellow color and has been used in India for thousands of years. Its therapeutic benefits include anit-inflammatory, antioxidant, and even anticancer effects. You can add it to various foods such as scrammbled eggs, roast vegetables and rice.
- Try decafe coffee. Decafe coffee can potentially soothe acid reflux symptons. You should also look for coffees from beans with lower acidity. The darker the roast the better and coffees from Mexico and Sumatra are supposed to be lower in acidity
- Try the Mediterranean diet. This diet is all about fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, olive oil and fish.
- The best fruits and vegetables are dark green leaf, berries, apples and citrus.
- Avoid high fat foods such as hamburgers. Researchers have found that eating meat increases the prossibility of having acid reflux
Natural treatments for acid reflux
Elavate your head and upper body when you sleep. An easy way to do this is with a wedge shaped pillow.
Aloe vera has been used for centuries to relieve pain and inflammation and is often used for sunburn relief, but it can also help relieve heartburn. The anti-inflammatory properties that ease a sunburn can soothe an irritated esophagus and alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux.
Apple cider vinegar.
- Add 2 tsp of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar to ¼ cup of water and drink. Repeat every 5 minutes until heartburn subsides.
- Many people will even take a shot of it before meals to pre-empt the acid reflux.
Some people suggest chewing to increase the saliva production in the mouth to help with degestion.
Trying sleeping with your head raised or on an incline.
A last resort is to try plain old Arm and Hammer baking soda. Mix a teaspoon or so with as glass of water and drink it. It should calm your stomach.
These are just a few suggestions that you may try and figure out which ones work best for you.
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