8 Home Remedies for GERD and Heartburn Your Stomach Will Thank You For
Combat your acid reflux and GERD the natural way with these remedies to soothe your stomach.
Avoid certain foods
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One of the most effective home remedies for GERD is simply monitoring what you put into your body. Fatty foods, spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, and fizzy drinks have all been known to contribute to acid reflux, so these items should be consumed in moderation to reduce acid reflux symptoms. These are other foods to avoid if you have acid reflux symptoms.
Drink or chew on carminative herbs
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This family of herbs aid digestion and can provide heartburn relief when consumed after a meal. Chamomile and ginger teas have both been shown to improve digestion, making them ideal home remedies for GERD. You can also chew on fennel, dill, anise, or caraway seeds, or crush the seeds into a soothing tea as a home remedy for heartburn.
Drink globe artichoke extract
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A studied remedy for GERD symptoms, artichoke extract has been show in many clinical studies to relieve nausea, bloating, abdominal pain, and other symptoms of indigestion. This is because compounds in artichoke leaves called caffeoylquinic acids stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder. According to the book Doctors’ Favorite Natural Remedies, one German study of 20 people found that one dose of globe artichoke extract doubled bile secretion. Find out the difference between acid reflux and GERD.
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Doctors’ Favorite Natural Remedies says that Iberogast “has been on the market for 50 years, during which time it is estimated that more than 25 million people have taken it to relieve symptoms of indigestion, dyspepsia, and irritable bowel syndrome.” The herbal liquid contains milk thistle, chamomile, caraway, lemon balm, peppermint, licorice, greater celandine, angelica root, and bitter candytuft. Iberogast has been extensively researched and studies indicate that the liquid regulates production of stomach acid and protects the stomach lining, making it among the top home remedies for GERD and acid reflux. Iberogast should be mixed with water and taken three times a day.
Use baking soda
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Baking soda relieves acid reflux symptoms because it contains carbonate (CO3), which helps restore the acid/alkaline balance in your digestive tract. For temporary heartburn relief from acid reflux symptoms, Doctors’ Favorite Natural Remedies says, “put one teaspoon of [baking soda] in a glass of water and drink (do not take on a full stomach).” Look out for these silent signs of acid reflux you might be ignoring.
Take antacid chews
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Though you can get them at a drugstore, antacid chews like tums are actually a natural remedy for GERD symptoms because they’re made up of calcium carbonate, which has been proven to quickly neutralize esophageal acid. Make sure you cut these 12 foods that can make heartburn worse out of your diet.
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Chewing gum increases your saliva production, which is a good home remedy for heartburn. Saliva contains bicarbonate, which neutralizes acid. One study conducted by the Oklahoma Foundation for Digestive Research found that calcium carbonate gum was more effective in neutralizing acid in the esophagus than chewable antacids.
Raise the head of your bead
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It’s best to eat at least three hours before you go to bed. When you do sleep, it is recommended that acid-reflux sufferers raise the head of their beds three to six inches to help cure heartburn. Don’t miss these 8 medical reasons you shouldn’t ignore heartburn.