Home Remedies for Reflux

– Baking soda

Reflux is a common issue and a home remedy for treating it, involves the use of baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda as it known popularly, has a pH balance that grades higher to 7.0 and thus, neutralizes the digestive acids. That implies, if the lower esophageal sphincter fails to function and sends the digestive acids to the throat, they cannot result in heartburn. Consume 1 tsp of baking soda in 1 glass of water to be relieved from acid reflux. However, the consumption should not exceed 3 tsp every 24 hours and the remedy should not be continued beyond 168 hours, or 7 days. Otherwise, it may result in excessive ingestion of salt that may lead to nausea or fluid retention.

 

– Aloe vera

Aloe vera extracts, the juices or gel, relieve many skin related ailments on account of its soothing effects. However, the juice extracted from aloe vera plant also aids in treating heartburn due to its ability to decrease inflammation. It implies that when the stomach starts to get inflamed and the esophagus is beginning to get irritated due to digestive acids, a glassful of the juice extracted from aloe vera plant relaxes the intestines. However, consumption of the juice extracted from aloe vera plant should be avoided during an episode of diarrhea as it has a mild laxative effect. Or else, try to procure this juice without the laxative properties.

 

– Chewing gum

A home remedy for treating heartburn involves chewing gum. Chewing on a piece of gum, excites the salivary glands and enables a greater secretion of saliva. That in turn, dilutes the digestive acids in the stomach and facilitates in their being washed away. The extra saliva thereby produced, assists in treating acid reflux. The Journal of Dental Research reported upon a study that stated the symptoms of a chronic heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, noticeably lessened by chewing on some sugar-free gum, after a meal. Therefore, a meal should be followed by chewing on a piece of sugar-free gum for about half an hour, to be relieved from heartburn.

 

Mustard

Another home remedy for treating an episode of acid reflux involves using mustard seeds. Mustard is a natural alkaline that has mild acids in form of vinegar. Thus, it assists in equalizing the digestive acids that seem to graduate to the throat and ultimately result in heartburn. As a medication for treating reflux, powder some mustard seeds in a grinder or procure powdered mustard, from the market and consume 1 tsp. of it. Its putrid pungency makes it difficult to swallow, though it quickly relieves the discomfort associated with heartburn. An alternative is to mix the powder in a cup of water and swallow it quickly.

 

– Chamomile

An effective home remedy for treating heartburn is chamomile tea. It decreases the inflammation in the stomach by balancing the acidity levels. Additionally, it also relieves the stress factor that contributes to reflux. Consume chamomile tea about an hour before sleep for relaxation and to be rid of the heartburn. For deriving its medicinal benefits, instant chamomile tea bags may be used or alternatively, a fresh brew may be prepared. Honey is advised to be added, instead of sugar, for sweetness.

 

Almonds

Reader’s Digest, a popular English magazine, claims that consuming almonds relieves heartburn. It prophesizes that every meal or a snack, should be followed by chewing 3 – 4 almonds. Almonds have been observed to neutralize digestive juices and hence, aid in heartburn. For treating or preventing episodes of heartburn, organic almonds should preferably procured.

 

– Banana / apple

A simple home remedy for treating a relatively mild episode of heartburn is consuming a banana or an apple, every other day or regularly. These fruits have natural antacids that balance out the acidic levels in the stomach and thus neutralize the causative factor. Consuming these fruits is advised, a couple of hours before bedtime for relief from the discomfort of heartburn, or reflux.

 

Gingerroot tea

Gingerroot has several medicinal properties. It is also used to treat various stomach related ailments, ranging from nausea to heartburn. A cup of gingerroot tea about a quarter of an hour before a meal, guards against occurrence of acid reflux, later. It evens out the disbalance in intestinal acidity and sooths / relaxes the stomach by decreasing the inflammation.