7 Natural Remedies for the Treatment of Acid Reflux and Ulcers

If you’ve ever experienced acid reflux, you know it is uncomfortable and disgusting. Don’t go out to buy medications to treat acid reflux, because there are plenty of home remedies you can do to get rid of it.

At the entrance of the stomach is a valve which is a ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES normally closes as soon as food passes through it. If it doesn’t close all the way or if it opens too often, acid produced by the stomach can move up into the esophagus. This can cause symptoms like burning chest pain that is usually called heartburn.

A common cause of acid reflux is the stomach abnormality which is called hiatal hernia. Hiatal hernias occur when the upper stomach and LES move the diaphragm. The diaphragm keeps the acid in the stomach, normally. But if you have hiatal hernia, acid can move up into the esophagus and cause symptoms of acid reflux.

Risk factors:

-Eating large meals or lying down right after a meal
-Overweight or obese
-Laying on your back or bending over after a large meal
-Snacking close to bedtime
-Eating certain foods
-Drinking certain beverages
-Smoking
-Pregnancy
-Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, certain muscle relaxers, or blood pressure medicines.

Symptoms:

-Heartburn: a burning pain or discomfort in the chest that comes from the stomach.
-Regurgitation: sour or a bitter-tasting acid backing up in your throat or mouth
-Bloating
-bloody or black stools
-Burping
-Dysphagia: narrowing of the esophagus
-Hiccups that won’t stop
-Nausea
-Weight loss with reason
-Wheezing, dry cough, hoarseness, or chronic sore throat

Home remedies:

-Raw apple cider vinegar: improves the acid content in the stomach, so the acid won’t come up the esophagus.

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-Betaine: helps digestion and kills H. pylori bacteria in the body.

-Astaxanthin: this is a very potent antioxidant reduces acid reflux symptoms.

-Slippery elm: this remedy manages to coat and soothe the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestine. It contains antioxidants can address inflammatory bowel conditions. Try making a tea out of slippery elm by pouring 2 cups of boiling water over 2 tablespoons fo powdered bark and steep for 3-5 minutes.

-Vitamin D: vitamin D is very important for taking care of infections. When the body’s levels of vitamin D are optimized, you are also going to optimize the production of about 200 antimicrobial peptides that will help the body eradicate infections.

-Baking soda: try taking one-half of a teaspoon of baking soda in an 8 ounce glass of water. It will ease the burn because it helps neutralize the acid in the stomach.

-Aloe juice: Aloe juice reduces inflammation which can ease acid reflux symptoms. Drink about 1/2 cup of aloe juice before meals.

Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/health/gerd/home-remedies

http://preventdisease.com/news/14/040214_15-Natural-Remedies-To-Treat-Acid-Reflux-and-Ulcers.shtml

http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/what-is-acid-reflux-disease

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