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Acid Reflux Care

 

Acid Reflux Treatment

1. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar

Acid reflux typically results from having too little acid in your stomach.

You can easily improve the acid content of your stomach by taking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water.

2. Betaine

Another option is to take a betaine hydrochloric supplement, which is available in health food stores without prescription. You'll want to take as many as you need to get the slightest burning sensation and then decrease by one capsule. This will help your body to better digest your food, and will also help kill the H. pylori bacteria.

3. Baking soda

One-half to one full teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in an eight-ounce glass of water may ease the burn of acid reflux as it helps neutralize stomach acid. I would not recommend this as a regular solution but it can sure help in an emergency when you are in excruciating pain. You can also drink baking soda by mixing half a teaspoon of the powder, a few drops of lemon juice and a half-cup of warm water for a safer option.

4. Aloe juice

The juice of the aloe plant naturally helps reduce inflammation, which may ease symptoms of acid reflux. Drink about 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice before meals. If you want to avoid its laxative effect, look for a brand that has removed the laxative component.

5. Ginger root or chamomile tea

Ginger has been found to have a gastro-protective effect by blocking acid and suppressing helicobacter pylori according to scientific research. Ginger root has been traditionally used against gastric disturbances since ancient times.

Add two or three slices of fresh ginger root to two cups of hot water. Let steep for about half an hour. Drink about 20 minutes or so before your meal. Many Chinese herbal medicines include ginger in their herbal formulations.

Before bed, try a cup of chamomile tea, which can help soothe stomach inflammation and help you sleep. Mint teas are helpful for digestion but many acid refux sufferer find that it can aggravate symptoms;

6. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for addressing any infectious component. Once your vitamin D levels are optimized, you're also going to optimize your production of about 200 antimicrobial peptides that will help your body eradicate any infection that shouldn't be there.

As I've discussed in many previous articles, you can increase your vitamin D levels through appropriate amounts of sun exposure, or through the use of a safe tanning bed. If neither of those are available, you can take an oral vitamin D3 supplement; just remember to also increase your vitamin K2 intake.

7. Slippery elm

Slippery elm coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines, and contains antioxidants that can help address inflammatory bowel conditions. It also stimulates nerve endings in your gastrointestinal tract. This helps increase mucus secretion, which protects your gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity. The University of Maryland Medical Center makes the following adult dosing recommendations:

•Tea: Pour 2 cups boiling water over 4 g (roughly 2 tablespoons) of powdered bark, then steep for 3 - 5 minutes. Drink 3 times per day.

•Tincture: 5 mL 3 times per day.

•Capsules: 400 - 500 mg 3 - 4 times daily for 4 - 8 weeks. Take with a full glass of water.

•Lozenges: follow dosing instructions on label.

8. Chinese herbs for the treatment of "Gu" symptoms caused by chronic inflammatory diseases

So-called "Gu" symptoms include digestive issues associated with inflammation and pathogenic infestation. For more information about classical Many herbal formulas are used in Chinese Medicine for the treatment of such symptoms and other digestive concerns.  Herbs such as huang qin and huang lian also help kill the H. pylori bacteria and are found in formulas that are very effective for treating acis reflux.

10. Glutamine

Research published in 2009 found that gastrointestinal damage caused by H. pylori can be addressed with the amino acid glutamine, found in many foods, including beef, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables. L-glutamine, the biologically active isomer of glutamine, is also widely available as a supplement. Bone broth is another powerful food-medicine that can be added to the diet and is a good source of glutamine.

11. Folate or folic acid (vitamin B9) and other B vitamins

As reported by clinical nutritionist Byron Richards,research suggests B vitamins can reduce your risk for acid reflux. Higher folic acid intake was found to reduce acid reflux by approximately 40 percent. Low vitamin B2 and B6 levels were also linked to an increased risk for acid reflux. The best way to raise your folate levels is by eating folate-rich whole foods, such as liver, asparagus, spinach, okra, and beans.

12. DGL

Deglycerized licorice is made from the licorice plant, and is often used for soothing sore throats and ulcers. When mixed with saliva, DGL becomes active and helps stimulate formation of mucous to buffer the stomach and intestines from acids. Ulcers heal more readily when coated with mucous. It needs to be dissolved in your mouth before swallowing so that it can mix with saliva. DGL should be taken 15 to 20 minutes before meals, and wash it down with a glass of water. Taking DGL after meals is ineffective as the benefits of DCL come from the mucous coating it creates prior to ingestion of food.

 

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