The Healthy Hack

Also known as Acid Indigestion, happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES, the tube connecting the throat to the stomach) is failing in its task to break down the food and in effect, stomach acid bounces back to the esophagus. The pain worsens when lying down or bending over.

Having acid reflux over time is called GERD or gastroesophageal reflux. Its indicators are nausea, sour taste in the mouth, gas, sore throat, trouble swallowing, heartburn, etc.

The cause of acid reflux is not determined but smoking, genetics, pregnancy, and obesity to name a few. Once it attacks, you tend to take medicine, like antacid, or going to the doctor. It’s not always the best way. You can find help at home natural and herbal alternatives. Here they are:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Consume Apple Cider Vinegar

Sometimes, the lack of acid in the stomach can cause Acid Reflux. Drink some of this and to balance out the acidity level in your stomach and break down the fats for easy digestion.

Instructions:

  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (purest, natural kind) in a cup of warm water.
  • Mix thoroughly and gulp it down 20-30 minutes before eating.
  • If it attacks again, repeat the process for a few days.

Note:

  • You can add a touch of honey to improve taste.
  • Directly drink 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar before eating.

Aloe Vera

This plant has a lot of medical benefits. One of which is soothing the inflammation of the stomach and esophagus.

Instructions:

  • Drink 1/2 cup of freshly made Aloe Vera juice before every meal.
  • Keep it moderate. Remember it has a laxative effect and might upset your stomach.
  • Doing this regularly decreases acid indigestion.

Fennel Seeds

This is a great source of a compound called anethole. In effect, it influences good digestion and alleviating pain when you have a reflux.

Instructions:

  • Boil 1 cup of water in a pan and add 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds.
  • Let it steep for 10 minutes and drink the tea it produced.
  • Regular drinking of this prevents acid reflux and heartburn.

Note:

  • After meals, chomp at least 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds or cumin seeds to end acid reflux.

 

Slippery Elm

This contains an oily substance that helps to coat the esophagus and its mucous lining to thicken. It serves as a barrier from the acid causing acid reflux.

Instructions:

  • Put 1-2 teaspoons of slippery elm root bark powder in 1 glass of warm water.
  • Mix and rest for 3-5 minutes
  • Add honey (optional)
  • Most effective after eating dinner

Note:

  • Increase the quantity of the powder over time for great results

Baking Soda

This is one of the natural antacids there is which gives instantaneous relief from acid reflux because it balances the pH level.

Instructions:

  • In a cup of water, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Stir until dissolved completely and chug it down.

Note:

  • Do not overdo it. It can affect your blood pressure and health because it’s high in sodium.
  • It’s also effective when you mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda, ACV and lemon juice in a glass of water. Drink slowly whenever it attacks.

Eat these foods starting from your greens like kale, celery, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli. Fruits such as apple, banana, papaya, peaches, pineapple, prunes or plum. Or include in your diet the likes of cereal, bran, wheat, egg whites, pasta, plain yogurt, baked potatoes or oatmeal. Do not eat citrus fruits, dairy products, spicy foods, onion, fatty foods, alcoholic and carbonated beverages.

Other tips:

  • Refrain from wearing tight-fitting clothes that constrict the abdomen.
  • Eat small portions of food. Avoid acidic or glucose-enriched foods. Drink lots of water.
  • Exercise regularly and watch your weight.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol weakens the LES muscle. Avoid it.
  • Eat apple or banana a day. They have natural antacids.
  • Drink natural herbal tea. It relaxes the stomach and acts as an acid buffer.
  • Take notes. Record the time when you have an attack and list down the WH’s questions about eating.
  • After meal, wait 3 hours before lying down. Sleep on your left side.
  • Nibble on a sugar-free gum 30 minutes after eating. It prevents acid reflux from happening.

Consult your doctors first before trying these simple methods at home.