If you have read our page on Heartburn Remedies, you know that our favorite heartburn remedies are chewing a piece of gum and taking a teaspoon of vinegar.
However, when it comes to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), we have some natural remedies for GERD that we recommend beyond just gum and vinegar.
GERD indicates that reflux is occurring all the time. While a piece of gum may reduce pain and provide relief, truly effective GERD natural remedies will require a bit more drastic action.
Natural Remedies for GERD
When it comes to finding the perfect GERD natural remedies, we have to consider what causes GERD. We know that the following factors can all contribute to reflux:
- Tobacco, Alcohol, and Caffeine
- Laying down after eating
- Eating trigger foods (individual foods that give you reflux in particular)
- Eating too quickly and not chewing properly
When these factors are present on a regular basis, GERD may result. Fortunately, putting together some natural GERD remedies is easy.
Natural GERD Remedies
When we consider the factors above, viable natural remedies for GERD become very apparent. These include:
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine
- Losing weight (if you are overweight)
- Eat small meals
- Eat your last meal of the night at least 2 hours before bed.
- Avoid your trigger foods. You can discover what foods trigger heartburn for you by keeping a list of what you eat and noting when you get reflux. If the same food is always present in your reflux-inducing meals, it makes sense to avoid it in the future. You can get a good idea of what foods cause reflux in our article on acid reflux foods to avoid.
- Chew your food appropriately and finish your meal with a stick of non-mint gum. This way if you do eat too fast, the gum will produce extra saliva to help digest your food and protect your esophagus from reflux.
- Switch to a natural toothpaste. Some chemicals in commercial toothpastes may actually trigger reflux. Baking-soda based natural toothpastes (as long as they are approved by the ADA or the certifying agency in your country) are just as effective as high-tech toothpastes without the irritating chemicals.
- If you primarily experience reflux at night, try elevating the head of your bed by placing wooden boards underneath your bed-posts. This will put your bed on a slight incline and help reduce reflux at night significantly, especially if you do not eat or drink for 2 hours before sleeping.
GERD Natural Remedies Conclusion
Unfortunately, these lifestyle changes are not recommended nearly enough for reducing GERD, considering just how effective these natural remedies for GERD are.
After all, you will be very hard pressed to find someone with GERD that does not smoke, chew tobacco, drink alcohol, coffee (or caffeine from any source), is a healthy weight, eats small meals, and avoids the common foods that cause heartburn. Very few individuals follow all these precautions and still experience reflux.
Much to the contrary, most people with GERD are either overweight, smoke, overeat regularly, or (and) drink alcohol.
If you still are experiencing acid reflux regularly even after making appropriate lifestyle changes, be sure to consult your doctor. Untreated reflux may lead to health complications and the presence of reflux in the absence of risk factors may be an indicator of another health problem.