Acid reflux is an extremely common health problem. Over 60 million Americans suffer from acid reflux each month, and of those an estimated 15 million experience acid reflux daily. People are increasingly turning to acid reflux medications to help them cope with their symptoms of the disease.
However, acid reflux medications and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals are not the only solutions to the problem of acid reflux. Using the following natural treatments can ease your symptoms, promote healthy digestion, and reduce the discomfort following a meal that so many people with acid reflux experience.
Use Baking Soda or Another Basic Substance
When you have acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, the acid in your stomach and aids in breaking down food moves upward into the esophagus. This results in an uncomfortable or painful burning sensation that is typically worse when you have recently eaten a meal.
Applying a base to an acid neutralizes it and reduces the pain that is caused by the burning of the acid in your stomach. This is the concept that underlies many acid reflux medications.
One base you probably already have at home that is safe and natural to use is baking soda. Simply dissolve a small quantity of baking soda in water and drink it quickly at the first sign of acid reflux onset. This will neutralize your stomach acid and prevent the pain and discomfort from occurring.
Position Yourself Properly
Stomach acid can easily escape into the esophagus if you lie down while you are eating or after finishing each meal.
If you’re in the habit of eating breakfast while lying in bed or going down for a nap after a large dinner, this may be the source of your acid reflux. Experts recommend staying in an upright standing or sitting position for 30 minutes following the end of each meal or snack. If possible, go for a short walk after eating to aid digestion and reduce the likelihood of acid reflux occurring.
Address the Root Cause of Acid Reflux with Chiropractic Care
Acid reflux is often a symptom of an underlying condition that can be treated by a chiropractor, relieving the symptom of acid reflux in the process.
One such condition is inadequate innervation of the stomach and digestive tract. This can result in inadequate digestion and problems with acid overproduction, resulting in reflux.
Your chiropractor can assess you for all types of conditions affecting the gastrointestinal system and adjust your spine and nerves to optimize the digestive process.
Natural Herbs and Teas to Settle the Stomach
Dozens of herbs and other natural herbal preparations have been used for centuries in the treatment of acid reflux.
These include chamomile, licorice root, and marshmallow roots. They may be prepared as a tea and consumed before meals to nip your symptoms in the bud, though they are more commonly consumed following a meal to ease symptoms when they occur. They are especially useful after a large meal, a meal containing fatty or spicy foods, or when you have also consumed alcohol.
Some people find that mint tea soothes indigestion and acid reflux symptoms, but others have reported that it aggravates their symptoms, so proceed with caution.