Acid reflux is an all too common disorder. In fact, according to Healthline, twenty to thirty percent of all adult Americans will suffer acid reflux symptoms at sometime within the year. For most, the symptoms are minor and temporary. But if your symptoms persist, you may be suffering from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
If you’re like me and you’ve been dealing with this for years, you’ve probably been through multiple medications with only minimal results. If you feel that it’s time for a change, check out these five foods that have proven to be effective home remedies for heartburn and indigestion.
#1. Add Whole Grains, Oatmeal, and Brown Rice to Your Diet to Absorb Excess Stomach Acid
Excess stomach acid is a major cause of reflux. While we need acid for digestion, when we over eat or eat our food too quickly, the stomach produces an excess. This acid can back up into the esophageal tube, causing our reflux.
Eating fiber rich foods like whole grains, oatmeal, and brown rice, makes you feel more full and prevents this over eating. In addition, oatmeal and rice are particularly effective at absorbing excess acid, and the fiber in these foods also enhances our system of elimination.
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#2. Balance Your Digestive System with Fruit – Just Be Sure to Make It Non-citrus
Since stomach acid can cause major problems, it’s important to control it. So does that mean that you need to avoid the fruits you love? Not necessarily, but you do need to be more choosey. It is true that citrus fruits are acidic, but some fruits actually have acid reduction properties.
Bananas, apples, melons, and pears are low acid foods that have a high PH balance. They create an alkaline environment which neutralizes stomach acid. Bananas have an additional advantage because they produce a protective coating in the stomach.
You would probably not be surprised to learn that there are other home remedies used for this coating purpose. For years, people have been using baking soda and it is a fact and not just an “old wives’ tale” that it is an effective “medicine“.
#3. Thank Your Mother for Making You Eat Your Vegetables, Especially the Green Ones
Similarly, vegetables have a positive impact on a number of our systems. According to Nutritional Wellness, sometimes even when we do the right things, our stomachs overcompensate for a lack of enzymes in our food. In these cases, eating more vegetables can counteract that effect. Most are low in acid and sugar, and have a positive impact on anyone with acid reflux.
Vegetables are also recommended as a deterrent to infection, and are rich in natural chemicals and anti-oxidants. These chemicals, plus the natural fiber, help to flush our systems of toxins, fats, and excessive acids. Celery, green beans, asparagus, potatoes, and greens like spinach and kale are diet essentials in the fight against acid reflux.
#4. Enhance the Flavor of Your Food and Your Digestion by Using These Tasty Herbs
Another thing to consider is how you season your food. It may seem insignificant, but some herbs are surprisingly healthy. Fennel is one, and it works in what seems to be a contradictory way. It relaxes our digestive muscles as it simultaneously speeds our digestion. Since food is processed more quickly, stomach acid is used more efficiently and doesn’t have time to build up.
In addition, fennel provides great flavor to your cooking. If you like its licorice taste, it can even be eaten as a snack. Another healthy herb is ginger. Long used as an anti-inflammatory and digestive aid, it contains high levels of melatonin. Melatonin is not only a sleep aid, but also reduces stomach acid. And it prevents the loosening of the lower part of the esophagus so that the acid cannot back up.
#5. Eat Your Chicken and Turkey Without the Skin, and Please Don’t Fry It
So far, we’ve only discussed stomach acid. However, fatty foods can also contribute to acid reflux symptoms. For this reason, when you think about your entrée, consider chicken or turkey. Each is low fat, serving as a perfect choice. There are a variety of flavorful recipes for baked, grilled, or broiled poultry so you have a lot of options. Just be sure to keep it low fat, so no frying and remember to take off the skin.
In conclusion, acid reflux can make you feel miserable but there are natural remedies to help you to manage your symptoms. The most frustrating thing for me is even if I avoid harmful foods and beverages, and the bad eating habits that can trigger an event, I may still experience symptoms. However, the above 5 foods that reduce acid reflux has given me some control, and I hope with the information provided, you can design a daily regimen that will work for you.
I ask that you let me know about your experiences with the foods that I’ve reviewed. What are your problem areas and what has worked for you? If you’ve found this helpful, please share with your friends.
Author Bio: Clare Kendry is the Founder/Editor of eHomeRemedies.com. Her passion is sharing her experiences in taking care of her family, pets and her lovely garden. Here in eHomeRemedies.com, you will find all the information, tips, tricks which you will expect to apply for a better, easier and healthier life.