Acid reflux and heartburn can be caused by consuming acidic foods. If you don't have an antacid in the house, these ailments can be especially miserable. Luckily, you can whip up your own acid reducer at home. Although none of these remedies have been FDA proven to eliminate or cure the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux, they may provide you some relief if no other option is available. If you suffer constantly from acid reflux or heartburn, consult a doctor; you may have a more serious condition.
If you are prone to heartburn or acid reflux, you may already know which foods trigger your symptoms. Although there are different trigger foods for each person, the most common are those that are high in acidity. These foods include spicy dishes made with hot peppers, citrus fruits like grapefruit and oranges, caffeine and alcohol. Avoid eating very fatty foods, like fast food. Although it is not proven by the FDA that these foods will trigger acidic stomach in all people, avoiding them or eating only small amounts of them may help keep stomach acid to normal levels.
You can soothe or prevent a bedtime stomach acid attack by sleeping in a different position. If you tend to recline fully when you sleep, prop yourself up on several pillows. If you are unable to sleep in this position, remove a few pillows and create as steep an incline as you can tolerate.
If you don't have over-the-counter antacids in the house, candy conversation hearts or other chalky candies may work in a pinch. Do not ingest chalk or toothpaste, however. You can also try drinking 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar (an alkaline substance) mixed in a glass of water. Drink the entire glass, and repeat up to three times daily. A baking soda solution is easy to prepare as well; a glass of water with 1 tsp. of baking soda mixed in mimics commercial bicarbonate remedies like Alka-Seltzer.
Use any remedy as infrequently as possible---taking too many antacids could reduce stomach acid too much, which would cause your stomach to produce acid to compensate.
Eat several small meals a day that contain lots of fresh vegetables, either steamed or raw; lean proteins like lean chicken or pork; and whole-grain starches. Chew your food carefully and eat as slowly as possible.