Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

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If you don't want to take traditional medications to treat your acid-reflux symptoms, you can turn to your kitchen cupboards and find many remedies that will help relieve your condition. You can find some products, such as aloe vera, licorice, lavender, anise and peppermint in your health-food store.

Almonds

  • Begin eating almonds before meals and one hour before going to bed. These nuts reduce your heartburn symptoms.

Aloe Vera

  • Aloe vera, which is available in health-food stores, heals burns. Drink two oz. of aloe vera daily to help your heartburn symptoms.

Raw Vegetables and Fruits

  • Bananas contain a natural anti-acid that will help with your production of stomach acid. Fresh pineapple contains enzymes that reduce stomach-acid production as well. Pineapple also contains bromelain, which breaks down proteins. Eat diced apples and carrots, which will provide heartburn-pain relief. Roasted or boiled potatoes contain potassium salt, which is said to reduce the acidity in your stomach. Papaya contains enzymes, which have been used to treat stomach disorders. Papaya jelly is also said to help relieve heartburn as well. You may be able to find papaya enzymes at your local health-food store; this may help you. Carrot juice can help resolve acidosis and acid reflux. Drinking a glass of hot water with lemon juice 45 minutes before you eat will aid your digestion; the potassium in lemon also neutralizes stomach acid. Mix 60 grams of onion in 30 grams of curd (cottage cheese) and eat this three times a day for one week. This will help your acid reflux.

Vinegar

  • Drinking apple cider vinegar, which is an acid, helps reduce the pain from your acid reflux almost immediately. The vinegar must be certified organic and unpasteurized with "the mother." This kind of vinegar contains minerals and enzymes not present in pasteurized vinegars.

Pickle Juice

  • If you drink pickle juice, you will feel almost immediate relief. The juice comes from the pickled cucumber and the brine, which the cucumber is pickled in.

Licorice

  • Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), when chewed, stimulates and speeds the natural protective elements of your digestive system. You will begin to feel almost immediate pain relief. DGL is an amino acid. (See Reference 2, "Licorice") Buy the powder or tablets, which you can dissolve in warm water and drink as a tea. Drink this tea daily as a preventive measure, but take caution if you have the tendency to high blood pressure. (See Reference 1, "Licorice")

Lavender, Anise and Peppermint Tea

  • Make and drink a mixture of lavender, anise and peppermint at breakfast and before going to bed. Use equal amounts of anise, lavender and peppermint, steep for five minutes, strain the grounds and add honey for taste. Use sweet, European or green anise and avoid caraway and star anise. These will help reduce acid reflux, gas, bloating and cramps while they improve digestion. Lavender heals acid-reflux damage and aids in proper digestion. (See Reference 1, "Anise, peppermint and lavender tea")

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