We live in a world that has a medication for everything. The pharmaceutical companies make billions and most of the world takes at least one type of medication.
But, before there were medications, there were natural remedies. Foods and herbs that helped our ailments and there are natural remedies for acid reflux as well.
Buttermilk has been used by Indians for centuries, and for good reason. It contains lactic acid which helps regulate the acid in your stomach. Try having a glass of cold buttermilk after a large or rich meal.
If you don’t have buttermilk handy, plain old milk will also help with your acid reflux symptoms. It also is rich in calcium which is good for bone health. There is more than one benefit to drinking a glass of milk after a meal!
Coconut water can help with your body’s pH level alkaline and reduce acid reflux. It neutralizes the acids in your stomach and help soothe your digestive tract. This could be beneficial for someone with IBS as well.
Bananas, also known as natures laxative should be a staple in everybody’s diet. Rich in magnesium and other nutrients bananas keep both your digestive tract and your stomach healthy.
Cinnamon is a super spice that is packed with a variety of nutrients that helps with acid reflux and gut health. It aids digestion, soothes and heals your digestive tract.
In addition to these superfoods, there are also some other things you should keep in mind when dealing with acid reflux, treating it and how to prevent it.
Eat Smaller Portions
Eating smaller portions is key as to not fill up your stomach to the point where your Lower Esophageal Sphincter is open and able to allow stomach acid to splash through. If you are having trouble with portion control, consider using a smaller plate during meal time to fill it up and give yourself time to enjoy and savor the food. Drinking a glass of water before or during also helps with the full feeling.
Don’t Sleep Right After Eating
Don’t sleep after eating as it can cause the stomach acid to splash up and cause acid reflux. If you do happen to fall asleep after a meal sleep where your head is slightly upright. Don’t lay down or be on your back. Sitting or sleeping in a chair would help with this.
A big factor of acid reflux could be the few extra pounds you have been meaning to lose. Extra weight has many side effects that are hazardous to your health. Acid reflux is one of them. It’s best to get on a fiber-rich and high protein diet.
These are just some of the natural ways that you are able to rectify or clear up acid reflux. You can do some more research on your own. Google is an amazing resource for finding out anything you need to know. Here is to your health journey.
Author: Susan Berman
Susan Berman, M.Ed., CHHC, is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a Certified Holistic Health Coach, and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Susan works with acid reflux (AR) and silent acid reflux (SAR) sufferers, general practitioners, and GI-focused health professionals everywhere through her online programs. Susan is the creator of the Healing Acid Reflux online program, focused on natural healing through diet and lifestyle modifications, reducing or eliminating the need for medication. Take the Silent Acid Reflux Quiz, get program information, and contact Susan by visiting www.HealingAcidReflux.com.