Are you one of the 28% of adults in North American who experience acid reflux or GERD? GERD occurs when acid is pushed up from the stomach back into the esophagus, which leads to the heartburn sensation.
Although people often turn toward medications to treat acid reflux and heartburn, there are lifestyle modifications you can make to help reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Here are three natural solutions to reduce your acid reflux and heartburn:
You probably know that aloe vera can help soothe a sunburn, but some people with acid reflux and GERD are finding relief from this plant as well. Aloe vera is thought to be protective of the GI tract. A recent study found drinking about an ounce of aloe vera syrup could safely relieve reflux symptoms.
Oolong tea can alkalize the digestive tract, reducing inflammation in those with heartburn and GERD. Oolong is also a very mild, smooth tea. It isn’t bitter and tannic like black tea because it hasn’t been fully oxidized, and it’s not as harsh as green tea. The mild flavor of Oolong can help to settle and soothe the stomach, especially after a heavy meal containing greasy or spicy foods.
One common solution for immediate relief from the pain of acid reflux is to chew gum. Chewing gum stimulates the production of saliva and increases swallowing. Researchers believe that saliva plays an important role in flushing regurgitated stomach acid from the esophagus back into the stomach, providing quick relief.