9 Ways To Naturally Treat Acid Reflux
It's known as GERD. I have it and so a number of people around the world. I take omeprazole, but would love to know how to just get rid of it without popping pills like I live in an apothecary. After a little Googling I've found 9 ways to treat it naturally. Give these a shot:
1. Sleep On Your Left Side
Research has shown that if you sleep on your left side, it will put your stomach on the low side of your body basically creating a "ramp" that the acid will have trouble climbing up to wake you up. Sleeping face down is the best way to get a blast of reflux at night. Avoid that position.
2. Eat Smaller Meals
Huge meals make the esophageal sphincter (muscle that holds the food and acid in place) work really hard. Smaller meals reduces the pressure. Keeping the acid in your stomach where it belongs.
My mother used to do this! Sugarless gum can help with heartburn by increasing the amount of saliva you swallow. Saliva contains alkaline, which naturally neutralizes acids. That can reduce the feeling of burn, though it doesn't prevent reflux
4. Take Herb Supplements
Licorice root, slippery elm and tumeric, will create a coating on the lining of the esophagus, protecting it from acid.
5. Loosen Up Your Clothing
You may think those skinny jeans are making your figure resemble Adam Levine, but the pressure on your abdomen is pushing the GERD to the surface. Loosen up as much as possible.
6. Stand Up Acid Soldiers!
If you eat and find yourself slumping over stand up straight. Your posture could be making the acids travel route faster. The goal is to keep the acid in your stomach on the food from lunch, not to let it pour into your throat.
7. QUIT SMOKING!
You should quit smoking anyway, but here's another reason: nicotine relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, giving stomach acid the go ahead to enter the esophagus. Cigarettes also help in acid production, so now you have even more acid available to splash into your throat.
8. Lose Weight
I know, "Rich that's the cure all for everything" but research has shown if your overweight you get GERD easily. I'm guessing becuase you were over eating to begin with. Exactly what we spoke of above.
9. Take A Melatonin Supplement
Clinical research among GERD sufferers found that a melatonin supplement helped to stop the pain of heartburn. Even though it is an effective treatment by itself, it was more effective when taken with... ready for this? Omaprezole. Now we are right back where we started. Hmph.