Acid reflux can happen to any of us. The condition is usually characterized by a burning pain around the lower chest area and is caused when the stomach acid goes up into the esophagus or food pipe. Discomfort and pain usually worsen when you bend over or lie down.
If you experience acid reflux two or more times a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Aside from heartburn, symptoms like a sore throat, nausea, chest pain, and dry cough are common.
If not treated properly and immediately, these conditions can lead to complications such as Barrett’s esophagus.
Fortunately, GERD is highly treatable and is actually preventable!
What is the fastest way to cure GERD?
Before we go to the fastest way, a more important question is, can GERD be cured permanently?
While there is no permanent solution to get rid of GERD, there are fortunately many ways to prevent it and treat its symptoms. Chronic Gerd or a serious condition might take time to be cured but mild cases of Gerd can be treated with simple lifestyle changes.
Tips to Prevent Acid Reflux & Heartburn Naturally
- Obesity is the leading cause of severe acid reflux, as extra stomach fat puts pressure on your abdominal area. Try to maintain a healthy weight.
- Spicy, fatty, and acidic foods are known to cause reflux – avoid these triggers.
- Don’t bend or lie down after eating. Gravity helps keep acid refluxes from occurring. Wait at least three hours before lying down after a meal.
- Eat smaller meals. Large meals put additional pressure on your abdomen, increasing the risk of reflux.
- Elevate your bed. You can use wedge-shaped support to keep gastric acid from going into your esophagus.
- The muscles of the lower esophageal sphincter are weakened from smoking, making you experience frequent episodes of heartburn. So, quit smoking!
In addition to the above tips, Ayurveda also recommends a number of herbs to cure GERD and treat heartburn naturally.
Ayurvedic Remedies for Acid Reflux
1. Aloe Vera Juice for GRED
Aloe Vera. Yup, the super plant helps in soothing inflammation in the esophagus and stomach and provides immediate relief from acid reflux and GERD.
While people have recognized it as a practical solution long ago, science has finally caught up and confirmed that aloe vera represent a “safe and effective treatment for reducing the symptoms of GERD.”
Drinking just two to three ounces of purified aloe vera juice can serve as a great acid reflux cure. If you are concerned about an upcoming heavy meal, consume it 20 minutes prior. Obviously, do not take it in excessive quantities as it can have laxative effects.
2. Mulethi for Acidity
Mulethi (Licorice root) alleviates the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn associated with GERD. For best results, combine it with other herbs like chamomile, peppermint, milk thistle, angelica and lemon balm.
Additionally, you can take chewable mulethi tablets two to three times a day for an effective heartburn remedy.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar w/Mother
Apple cider vinegar with mother helps in balancing the production of acid in the stomach. It also aids digestion and helps avoid intestinal problems that may cause acid reflux. But be warned if you are on certain medications, including laxatives, diuretics, and heart disease medications – it is not advised.
Dilute one or two teaspoons of ACV with mother a cup of water. Consider adding one teaspoon of honey to taste, and stir well. Use a straw to prevent tooth erosion and drink the solution 30 minutes before meals. As a preventive measure, doing this every morning on an empty stomach is a great way to combat GERD.
Acid reflux and GERD may happen to anyone at any given time. While they come with a lot of discomfort and unpleasant symptoms, they are, fortunately, highly preventable and treatable. If you’re experiencing either of the disorders, make sure to apply natural remedies first and minor lifestyle changes to deal with their symptoms!
– Amit Vaidya
Amit Vaidya is the best-selling author of the memoir Holy Cancer and the upcoming Food Is Medicine cookbook series. He is the in-house health & wellness expert for Kapiva Ayurveda, advocating for the empowerment of all individuals to be in the driver’s seat of their own lives. He chronicles his life on Instagram under the handle @live4todayamit.
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