Acid reflux (which, when chronic, is referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)) occurs when food or liquid from your stomach travels back into your esophagus, causing heartburn, regurgitation, burping and stomach pain.
But more than just discomfort, the chronic surge of stomach acid in your esophagus can lead to scarring, which can trap bits of food, and may also increase your risk of esophageal cancer. Bleeding and breathing problems can also occur.
Acid reflux is incredibly common, impacting up to 40 percent of Americans, and its incidence is on the rise. One study found that the number of people suffering from acid reflux rose by 30 percent from 1995 to 2009, and those suffering from GERD symptoms at least weekly increased by 47 percent.[i] Anyone can suffer from acid reflux, but certain conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, asthma and pregnancy, can increase the risk.
Conventional treatment usually involves antacids to neutralize stomach acids or medications that reduce acid production, both of which can lead to side effects such as problems with digestion, increased risk of infections and interference with nutrient absorption. Fortunately, natural remedies for acid reflux are available and can often provide relief for your symptoms without any risk of side effects.
10 Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux
10. Eat Less at Each Sitting
Overeating can overload your stomach and make acid reflux worse. Instead of eating three meals a day, split your food up into five or six smaller meals.
9. Elevate the Head of Your Bed
If you experience reflux at night, elevating the head of your bed can help significantly. Wedges are available at medical supply stores to do this, or you can also try putting cement blocks under the feet at the head of your bed.
8. Sleep on Your Left Side
Research from Stanford University shows that this is the best position for reducing reflux symptoms. Sleeping on your right side makes it worse, and sleeping on your stomach is the worst choice of all.
7. Cut Back on Carbs
Obese people who ate a very low-carb diet (less than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day) experienced significant improvements in acidity and reflux symptoms.[ii]
6. Wear Loose Clothing
Clothing or belts that fit tightly around your waist add pressure to your stomach and the esophageal sphincter muscle, which can make acid reflux worse.
5. Stay Upright After Meals
This will help keep stomach acid in your stomach, not your esophagus. Generally, try to wait at least three hours after a meal before lying down.
4. Try a Melatonin Supplement
Melatonin helps protect the gastrointestinal mucosa from oxidative damage caused by free radicals, and has been found to improve reflux symptoms.[iii]
3. Avoid Smoking
Smoking interferes with the esophageal sphincter muscle’s function, causing it to relax and increasing your risk of reflux.
2. Maintain Your Ideal Weight
If you’re overweight, you’re adding extra pressure to your stomach, which can make acid reflux more likely. Losing weight can often put an end to your reflux symptoms.[iv]
1. Cleanse Your Colon With Natural Cleanse
Acid reflux is often a sign of poor digestive function, and while many (wrongly) believe this is just a normal part of life as you get older, it’s often related to a clogged colon. This causes your gastrointestinal (GI) tract to become inflamed and compromises your digestive function.
Developed by LivingWell Nutraceuticals using the very latest research and clinical studies in digestive health, Natural Cleanse is a uniquely powerful yet soothing 30-day cleanse that has been formulated to gently release and flush impacted fecal matter from your colon, restoring the delicate balance of your GI tract and helping your bowels to function normally.
After completing a 30-day program with Natural Cleanse, acid reflux is often reduced, and many experience weight loss as well, which can further reduce your symptoms. This completely natural formula contains herbal remedies like licorice root, which helps reduce the severity of acid reflux, along with a blend of essential probiotics to rebalance your vital gut microflora.
If you’ve been suffering with acid reflux and haven’t addressed your clogged colon, this could be the road to the relief you’ve been searching for.
Written By: Updated: March 26,2013