By Dr. Edward F. Group | Guest Writer
Acid reflux is painful. Food and acid splash into the esophagus and cause belching, heartburn and, in some severe cases, chest pains. Some individuals have experienced pain so intense they thought they had a heart attack. If a person experiences acid reflux – also called gastroesophageal reflux – on a regular basis, the acids will irritate the esophagus, which may advance to scarring, ulceration, swelling, or hemorrhaging. What is the risk of acid reflux? Many experts agree, if acid reflux persists, it can even lead to esophageal cancer.
If you suffer from acid reflux, take inventory of your life and determine what’s causing or exacerbating the concern. Start off with a review of dietary habits. Changing your diet is crucial in eliminating and preventing acid reflux. There are other measures you can take; here is a video describing six of them.
6 Natural Remedies for Balancing Acid Reflux
Balance Your Hydrochloric Acid Levels
Increasing natural production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach is the first step to preventing acid reflux for many people. I recommend taking a plant-derived betaine HCL supplement before meals. This is extremely effective in preventing acid reflux for many people.
I also recommend you replace cheap table salt with high-quality sea salt. I use and recommend Himalayan crystal salt because it contains chloride and dozens of trace minerals the body needs.
Change Your Diet
Processed foods and sugars are almost a guaranteed way to worsen acid reflux and create a bacterial imbalance in the stomach and intestinal tract. To combat this, change your diet! Eat more fresh and raw organic fruits and vegetables. People struggling with acid reflux should be careful to avoid common trigger foods, like tomatoes, sugar, chocolate, garlic, spicy chilies, and high-fat foods.
Check out my body cleansing diet article for more information on an overall healthy approach to eating. Taking a probiotic supplement like FloraTrex™ will also help balance the gut with good bacteria.
Take a Digestive Enzyme Supplement
Enzymes are found in abundance in raw food, but the act of cooking food over 116° Fahrenheit destroys the health-promoting enzymes in most cases. Living and raw foods are high in nutrients and contain active enzymes that are crucial to combat acid reflux. There are also many good enzyme supplements available; I recommend VeganZyme™.
Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Taking one tablespoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar mixed in about 4 ounces of purified water before each meal can help. This helps calm the stomach and supports digestion.[6, 7] It’s my favourite, fast-acting home remedy for acid reflux.
Take Organic Baking Soda
Bicarbonate is a wonder product. Mix a spoonful in a glass of water, stir, and drink before it stops fizzing. However, some doctors are sceptical, so if you have high blood pressure or if you are on a sodium-restricted diet it’s best to get advice first.
Take Organic Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is commonly used to calm an upset stomach, diarrhoea, occasional constipation, and systemic redness and swelling associated with bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis.[9, 10, 11] Inner Aloe vera leaf gel supports digestion and can be another great alternative to soothing acid reflux. Some studies on aloe have shown inconclusive results, but the good news is they also found few adverse side effects; in other words aloe is quite safe.
I also suggest a full body cleanse, beginning with a comprehensive colon cleanse. Accumulated toxins from processed foods and sugars can disrupt digestion and lead to acid reflux symptoms. Regularly performing a full body cleanse can flush out your system and help promote acid balance.
Eliminating the discomfort of acid reflux can be done without expensive over-the-counter medications. There are many natural remedies readily available. Feel better naturally; your body will thank you!
Sources and References
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- Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for GER & GERD. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Nov 2014. Accessed 25 Feb 2019.
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- Kondo T, et al. Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. (2009):1837-1143.
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- Foster M, et al. Evaluation of the Nutritional and Metabolic Effects of Aloe vera. Chapter 3 in Benzie IFF, et al, eds. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton, FL:CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011.
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Originally published at Global Healing Centre and reproduced here with permission.
About the Author
Dr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Centre in 1998 with the goal of providing the highest quality natural health information and products. He is world-renowned for his research on the root cause of disease. Under his leadership, Global Healing Centre earned recognition as one of the largest natural and organic health resources in the world. Dr. Group is a veteran of the United States Army and has attended both Harvard and MIT business schools. He is a best-selling author and a frequent guest on radio and television programs, documentary films, and in major publications.
Dr. Group centres his philosophy around the understanding that the root cause of disease stems from the accumulation of toxins in the body and is exacerbated by daily exposure to a toxic living environment. He believes it is his personal mission to teach and promote philosophies that produce good health, a clean environment, and positive thinking. This, he believes, can restore happiness and love to the world.
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