Natural remedies for Acid reflux
Acid reflux and how to take care of it?
Acid reflux is also known as heartburn. In acid reflux, the acid from the stomach flows back into the esophagus due to which pain and discomfort occurs. Heartburn is the main symptom of acid reflux.
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What are acid reflux symptoms and causes?
Heartburn is a burning discomfort behind the lower part of the sternum usually related to spasms of the lower end of the esophagus or the upper part of the stomach, often in association with gastro-esophageal reflux also known as Cardialgia.
The causes include improper functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), excessive intake of spicy foods, peptic ulcers, smoking, stress, eating large portions of food, etc.
The symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn, hiccups, difficulty in swallowing, black stools, and nausea of smell of foods or liquids, sore throat, coughing, nausea after eating, etc.
If acid reflux is not treated properly, GERD or Gastro esophageal reflux disease may be the result and that could cause serious health problems. In many cases one should talk to his or her Medical Doctor for this condition.
Natural remedies for acid reflux -
A lot of these are herbal and or natural remedies may not work for all people. As acid reflux is a serious medical condition, taking advice of a medical professional is of utmost importance.
Ginger root is useful in acid reflux.
Glutamine is an amino acid that naturally occurs in the human body. It is present in parsley, spinach etc. So, eat foods rich with Glutamine.
Licorice herb is a folk remedy useful in acid reflux and for heartburn.
Slippery elm is a useful herb. Researchers stated that in-take of 1 teaspoon of this herb in a glass of water can help to protect the stomach.
Marshmallows contains mucilage, which is thought to coat and soothe the lining of the esophagus. It is a folk remedy used for acid reflux and heart burn.
Chew the fresh leaves of Holy basil. This helps to relieve the burning pain and reflux.
Indian long pepper is effective to enhance digestion, assimilation and metabolism.
Indian Gooseberry (Amla) is also recommended for acid reflux.
Do not lie down immediately after eating, a quick brisk walk can be helpful; Avoid coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, fried foods, pickles, oily and spicy foods; Do some form of Yoga regularly. Again, this should be done after proper training. After every meal, chew a few fennel seeds; Always eat fresh foods; Aloe vera juice is advisable; Drink coconut water 2 to 3 times a day; Avoid foods which form gases in stomach like Cauliflower; Eat carrots and foods containing Beta carotene.
I hope the above natural remedies for acid reflux including the use of certain herbal supplements will help all that are trying to address this situation. In severe or chronic cases one should consult a healthcare adviser.
Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on supplements above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only.