Monday November 7th, 2016

Natural ways to treat acid reflux

Acid reflux is a common health condition which causes heartburn or discomfort that can move up from the stomach into the esophagus and even up to the throat.
It is commonly believed that this condition is caused by an excess of acid in the stomach, and it is usually treated with medication that blocks the formation of acid.
However, far from solving the problem, this treatment might even aggravate the condition. Recent studies have shown that in most cases the problem is precisely the opposite: the lack of acid.

So, we are going to suggest some natural remedies that will help to balance stomach acid.

Apple vinegar
Take a spoonful of apple vinegar in a large glass of water. It doesn’t taste very nice, but it will help.

Ginger Root
Ginger has gastroprotective properties that help to block stomach acid formation and suppress the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, and it is effective in the prevention of ulcers. Drink a ginger tisane 20 minutes before each meal.

Betaine
This is a supplement that you can buy at chemists, drugstores and health food shops without a doctor’s prescription. It relieves heartburn, improves digestion and helps to eliminate the H. Pylori bacterium.

Vitamin D
The role of Vitamin D in the treatment of infections is very important. If we have plenty of vitamin D, our bodies will be stronger to fight against infection. Approximately 20 minutes of sunlight is also recommended every day (without forgetting the sunscreen) or you can take vitamin D supplements in the form of capsules.

Glutamine
Gastrointestinal damage caused by the H. pylori bacterium can be treated with glutamine amino-acid. Glutamine is present in foods such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy products and some fruit and vegetables.

Another tip for treating this condition is to try to maintain or restore normal gastric acidity. Vegetables are essential in our diet, and should be preferably organic. We can also increase the intake of fermented foods to help to grow healthy digestive flora to keep the pH balance.