Acid Reflux Cure (All Natural) Could Be Right At Your Fingertips
Despite the prevalence of many over-the-counter and prescription products which are available for the treatment and prevention of acid reflux, many individuals prefer to try natural remedies, before resorting to products containing chemicals and other compounds.
Natural remedies usually involve a combination of approaches, and may include changes in lifestyle and diet, as well as the use of natural, usually plant-derived products to treat or prevent inset of acid reflux.
Because most acid reflux is related to the types of food being consumed, the first step in most natural approaches involves eliminating foods that are known to cause acid reflux, while limiting those which may cause the condition, ultimately creating a diet which is based primarily on foods and food products which are not associated with a buildup of stomach acid.
Acid reflux is also more likely to occur when the stomach is compressed, placing pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter, the valve which normally prevents the backward flow of stomach acid. In individuals who are significantly overweight, weight loss is recommended as another natural step in reducing and possibly eliminating acid reflux.Other natural steps include eating smaller meals, and eating them more frequently to avoid “overstuffing” the stomach, which can also put pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter. Food should not be consumed within two to three hours of going to bed, and when sleeping, individuals are advised to lie with their head and shoulder area elevated at an angle, to allow gravity to help keep acid in the stomach where it belongs.
Natural approaches also advise quitting smoking and avoiding alcoholic beverages, both of which are associated with increased incidence of acid reflux.
Natural herbal remedies may sound like a great choice for the treatment of acid reflux, or nearly any medical condition. If a treatment is natural, how can it be bad? But the truth is, while many plant-based remedies work well for the treatment of acid reflux, as well as some other health conditions, treatments which rely on the use of herbs and other plants can have many of the same negative side effects as any over-the-counter or prescription medication. In fact, many over-the-counter and prescription drugs are based on plant extracts and other components. While natural remedies may offer relief, be sure to follow the same precautions as you would follow for any other treatment, seeking professional advice and guidance before taking any herbal or plant-based preparation.That said, plants which are considered especially helpful for patients with acid reflux include slippery elm and marshmallow (the plant, not the confection). Both plants exude a gel-like juice that contains mucilage, a slippery substance that expands with water. Slippery elm is a common ingredient in many sore throat lozenges, and has a long history of use in sore throat preparations. Both plants can be used in teas and other preparations to coat and soothe the irritated esophagus, and so promote healing. Marshmallow plants and extracts can cause a drop in blood sugar, and should not be taken by individuals with diabetes, or by women who are pregnant. The marshmallow plant can also impede the absorption of other drugs.
Aloe Vera gel is another popular plant extract used to treat acid reflux. Often sued as a component in burn preparations, moisturizers, and other skin treatment products, aloe vera has been widely used as a treatment for acid reflux for many years in Europe. Because the juice taken directly from the plant contains powerful laxatives, only commercially prepared aloe vera gels or juices intended for consumption should be used. As with marshmallow and slippery elm, aloe vera juice acts to coat and soothe the irritated esophagus. The usual recommendation is ¼ cup of juice taken 20 to 30 minutes prior to a meal.
Although it can actually cause acid reflux in some individuals, garlic is recommended by some herbalists for the treatment of acid reflux which is due to a buildup of certain bacteria in the stomach. Because it is associated with a worsening of acid reflux in some individuals, it should be used with caution.