Acid Reflux: Home Remedies and Prevention Tips
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The searing pain of heartburn can be brought on by eating spicy, fatty or acidic foods, or just by eating too much too quickly. Luckily, it is easy to combat - or to avoid altogether.
When stomach acid backs up into the oesophagus, you feel the burning pain of acid reflux. At the first sign of heartburn, try one of these natural solutions.
- A little bicarbonate of soda can be highly effective at neutralizing excess stomach acid (but don't use it if you have high blood pressure). Stir 1 teaspoon into a glass of room-temperature water and drink.
- Try a digestive tonic: step 15g each of dried gentian root and dandelion root in 250ml of boiling water.
- Drink ginger tea: boil 1 ½ teaspoons of fresh ginger or ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger in 250ml of water for about 10 minutes before drinking.
- Chew a liquorice tablet before meals. This encourages mucin production in the oesophagus, providing a protective barrier against stomach acids.
- Seasoning food with fennel seeds or peppermint makes it more digestible and soothes heartburn.
- Eat a piece of dry white bread or toast to neutralize stomach acids, or a tablespoon of dry oatmeal.
- Sleep with your upper body slightly elevated at night to prevent acid from entering the oesophagus.
- Eat sensibly, avoiding foods, drinks and combinations you know give you heartburn – perhaps fatty or acidic foods, chocolate or wine.
- Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine; they increase gastric acid secretion, which can cause heartburn.
- Eat slowly and always opt for smaller, more frequent portions.
- Watch your weight. If you are carrying access kilos, this increases pressure inside your stomach, which can lead to acid reflux and heartburn.
- Eat early in the evening to give your stomach time to digest the meal – this takes about 3 hours. If you go to bed shortly after eating, stomach acid can flow back into your oesophagus.
WHEN TO CONSULT A DOCTOR
If you are frequent victim of heartburn, seek professional advice.
GOOD TO KNOW
Causes of acid reflux: A trapdoor of muscular tissue called the lower oesophageal sphincter usually keeps stomach acid just where it belongs – in the stomach. However, heartburn occurs when the sphincter allows the contents of your stomach to flow back into the oesophagus, causing a burning pain behind the breastbone. This is known as acid reflux.
Quick tip: Drink a glass of fresh carrot juice to soothe heartburn.
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