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7 Natural Ways to Beat Acid Reflux

Tired of chronic heartburn and bitter burps? The best solution is not popping acid blocking medications which may provide short-term relief but ultimately lead to additional digestive problems. Instead, I recommend these seven simple, cheap, and much more effective natural remedies for heartburn and acid reflux problems.

#1: Go For Ginger

Taking a teaspoon of the freshly grated ginger root daily is an optimal acid reflux treatment. If that's not possible or convenient, try taking 1,000 mg of ginger powder in either a capsule or in bulk powder form (approximately ¼ teaspoon).

#2: Cut Your Salt

Researchers in Norway discovered that people who routinely add salt to their meals have almost twice the risk of experiencing acid reflux problems. Reducing your salt intake is a simple solution. If the food seems too bland, try substituting other herbs, spices, and natural vinegars to add flavoring.

#3: Pop Some Chewing Gum

When acid starts to reflux, try chewing on some gum. Chewing gum has been shown to increase the volume of saliva by almost 140%.  And saliva contains a long list of compounds that provide protection for the esophagus and reduce acid reflux symptoms.

#4: Find Real Licorice Root

The natural solution for ulcers, deglycyrrhizinated licorice root (DGL), can also be an effective acid reflux treatment. The suggested dose of DGL is two tablets, chewed about 20 minutes before meals three times daily. If you suffer mostly from nighttime acid reflux, you can take it shortly before bedtime. Use only chewable DGL—it must be mixed with saliva in order to be effective.

#5: Enjoy Real “Live” Probiotics

Hundreds of clinical studies have shown that probiotics can prevent and treat hundreds of common ailments, including acid reflux problems.

Here are some naturally fermented, "live" foods I highly recommend for correcting acid reflux problems:

  • Fermented vegetables
  • Fermented milk products (clabber, yogurt, cheese, buttermilk)
  • Kefir
  • Fermented soy products (natto, miso, tempeh, soy sauce, fermented tofu)
  • Homemade sauerkraut

 

#6: Try This Citrus Peel Extract

An extract from citrus peel known as d-Limonene can provide a protective coating for both the stomach and esophagus. In one study trial, subjects took one gram of d-Limonene every other day for 20 days, on an empty stomach (that is, half an hour before eating or an hour afterward). A third of them experienced relief from their heartburn after a single capsule, and within two weeks 90 percent had relief. After a single course of treatment, relief lasted for up to six months.

#7: Consider A Hiatal Hernia

Along with your heartburn and acid reflux problems, do you experience the feeling that you’re “full to the top” after eating only a few bites? Or, do you burp stomach acid back up after a meal? In addition, do your symptoms get worse when you sit down or lie on your back? If so, you may have a hiatal hernia.

What is a hiatal hernia? There is a dome-shaped muscle called the diaphragm that separates upper and lower halves of your digestive systems—and contains a hole that allows food to move from your throat to your stomach. If that hole gets enlarged, the stomach can get stuck in it which allows food and stomach acids to “back up,” causing acid reflux.

To treat a hiatal hernia do this 4-step exercise:

  1. Drink a glass water (room temperature or slightly warm water) when you get out of bed first thing in the morning. (No coffee, no tea, no juice, no cold water.)
  2. While standing, bring your arms straight out from your sides and bend your elbows so your hands are touching your chest.
  3. Stand on your toes as high as possible and drop. You should get a pretty good jolt. Drop down like this 10 times in a row.
  4. Then, while standing with your arms up, pant short quick breaths for about 15 seconds. That's it.

The warm water acts like a weight in the stomach while also relaxing it. Spreading your arms stretches the diaphragm and opens up that hole in the back. Dropping down on your heels jerks the stomach out of the hole and the panting tightens up the diaphragm muscle to close the hole.

If you have a hiatal hernia, you need to do this exercise every day—not just until everything feels normal. It will also strengthen the area and make the hiatal hernia less likely to come back—which may well put an end to your acid reflux problems.

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