Although it is not life-threatening, acid reflux can be an unpleasant and embarrassing problem that forces you to shy away from some social situations and feel uncomfortable in your own skin. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to get rid of the problem.
1. Use ginger
Ginger is not only a great hangover cure, it also does wonders with acid reflux. You can buy fresh ginger, slice it very thinly and soak in a cup of water for about 15-20 minutes, then drink it. You can do this several times a day, either before each meal or at certain times when it is comfortable for you. You could also add ginger to your recipes, it doesn’t go well with pastries alone, you can even add it to cocktails for an unexpected twist. Ginger is very effective because it helps keep your body’s natural acidity under control, it also makes the lining of your stomach stronger because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant powers.
2. Take your calcium
It is a popular fact that calcium is important for bone strength, but that is not its only great quality. It helps keep the acid in your stomach right there and thus prevents the unpleasant symptoms of acid reflux. Though you can find calcium in supplements and milk, those are not the best sources, since they are more difficult for your stomach to absorb and use for the nourishment of your body. Instead, try including other foods in your diet, such as fresh sardines, salmon, plain yogurt and kale. Canned sardines have a lot of added vegetable oil, salt and sweeteners, while fruity yogurt is normally very sugary – both can cause irritation and worsen your acid reflux problem.
3. Include coconut oil
Most oils that are used in various meals, are man-made and processed, which means that rather than provide the cells with a natural, healthy amount of fat, they do quite the opposite – clog the cells and disrupt their normal functioning. One of the results may be acid reflux. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is one of the healthiest, most nourishing oils out there. As long as it is cold-pressed and organic, it is a great substitute for all other oils and can help you lead a much healthier, reflux-free life. Not only does coconut oil kill harmful bacteria in the stomach, but it is also very tasty. Additionally, it helps the body produce chloride, which is a substance that balances the natural acids in the stomach and can help prevent reflux. An added bonus is that it can actually relieve the damage caused to the esophagus by acid reflux.
4. Stay in the sun for vitamin D
Spending time outdoors has many psychological benefits and can help you lead an overall happier, healthier life. What you might have not known, is that enjoying nature, especially on a sunny day, can help deal with acid reflux. Safe sun exposure helps the body produce more vitamin D, a substance lacking in most people, especially those living in cities. Vitamin D helps balance the production of over 200 antimicrobial natural bodily chemicals that fight stomach irregularities and help treat acid reflux. Those antimicrobial peptides will also strengthen your immune system and help you fight any future infections. You could also take vitamin D supplements.
5. Drink Aloe juice
Aloe Vera is not only a great skin moisturizer, it can also help fight inflammation naturally, sooth your irritated stomach and reduce the unpleasant effect and acid reflux. To use the powers of Aloe to their maximum, you can mix half a cup of the juice with half a cup of water and drink before each meal, or at least twice per day. You should know that Aloe Vera does have a laxative effect, but some companies remove that component from their juices. Apart from ingesting Aloe, try limiting some foods and drinks such as alcohol, caffeine, tomatoes and fried food, fizzy drinks and spicy foods – all of those irritate the stomach.
It might take a while to notice real improvement, but provided you follow the 5 natural tricks listed above, you should see significant improvement in your health and won’t be bothered by acid reflux as much.