Are there Natural Cures for Acid Reflux?
In addition to avoiding trigger foods and eating a balanced diet rich in alkaline foods, there are a few supplemental remedies that may help alleviate your acid reflux symptoms. Read below for additional natural cures for acid reflux.
Ginger is a naturally alkaline and anti-inflammatory food, which makes it a great treatment for acid reflux. Sip ginger tea or add sliced ginger root soups, salads, stir-fries, or smoothies. Current research suggests limiting daily ginger to a maximum of 1500 milligrams.
Drink Herbal Teas
Herbal teas may help relieve acid reflux symptoms. Decaffeinated, herbal teas also help improve digestion. Remember, herbal teas are very different than alcoholic, caffeinated, and carbonated beverages. These drinks may actually trigger your acid reflux.
Licorice and chamomile teas are often used to relieve acid reflux symptoms. Additionally, green tea, fennel tea, and fruit teas may also help. However, some herbal remedies may interfere with medications prescribed by your doctor, so consult your medical team before starting any supplements.
Our dietitians also recommend eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. Specifically, stop eating within two to three hours of laying down to go to bed. When your body is horizontal, it is easier for your stomach acid to flow back into your esophagus and cause reflux symptoms. Allow your body time to fully digest your last meal or snack before you lay down for bed, a nap, or to watch a show.
Stress and anxiety worsen acid reflux. Stress increases muscle tension within your body, which places pressure on your stomach and pushes its contents backward into your esophagus. Anxiety both increases stomach acid production and decreases the pressure on your LES, which allows excess acid to leak into your esophagus.
To better manage your stress, try activities such as:
- Breathing exercises
- Mindfulness practices
- Meditation, and/or yoga
Keep a Food Log
To better understand your own trigger(s) better, keep a log of the foods you eat and the symptoms you experience. After you have logged your food for a few weeks, look for patterns across what you are eating and how you are feeling. Logging your food provides insight into your personal triggers, and helps you identify which foods make you feel better or worse. You can also review this with your doctor or dietitian for more insight.
Learn more about natural cures for acid reflux in our full write-up.
- Among other negative health effects, smoking triggers acid reflux. Smoking decreases the pressure on your LES, which makes acid more likely to travel backward into your esophagus. As you can imagine, quitting smoking