Yes, you can treat acid reflux the natural way

Lately I had a problem with dry cough and looked for a natural method for treating acid reflux problems and chronic heartburn. The amount of articles covering this area are endless. Here are some tips for a totally natural approach:

acid-blocking drugs are widely promoted in magazines, radio and television commercials as the cure for heartburn and acid reflux. However, these drugs only provide short term relief and ultimately lead to additional digestive problems. Instead, I recommend these simple, inexpensive natural remedies, and much more effective for problems of heartburn and acid reflux.


root powder

Ginger may be more effective for acid reflux problems any excess medication without a prescription or prescription available. For optimal treatment of acid reflux, I suggest using a teaspoon of freshly grated root every day. (Most sections of supermarkets produce carry fresh ginger root, so if you do not see it, be sure to ask.) If that is not possible, or that they find uncomfortable, then try taking 1,000 mg of powder either in capsules or bulk powdered form (about ¼ teaspoon).

Reduce Use


Researchers in Norway found that people who regularly add salt to their meals had almost twice the risk of having acid reflux problems. Reduce salt intake is a simple solution. If the food seems too soft, then tries to substitute other herbs, spices, vinegars and natural. I like the multiple use, natural powder seasoning called Spike sold in most grocery stores.

chewing gum

When acid reflux begins, try chewing some gum. Chewing gum has been shown to increase the volume of saliva in nearly 140 percent. Saliva contains a long list of compounds that provide protection for the esophagus. These include proteins, mucin, prostaglandin E2, and epidermal growth factor. These protective help explain the effectiveness of the use of chewing gum as an acid reflux treatment.


The natural solution for ulcers, Deglycyrrhizinated licorice root (DGL), can also be an effective treatment acid reflux. The suggested dose of DGL is two tablets, chewed about 20 minutes before meals, three times a day, or it can be taken just before bedtime especially if you suffer from acid reflux overnight. Use only chewable DGL-be mixed with the saliva in order to be effective. Enzymatic Therapy makes a chewable product called DGL DGL-guessed. This service is available in most health food stores and a number of online retailers.


Hundreds of clinical studies have shown that probiotics can prevent and treat hundreds of common ailments, including acid reflux problems. Probiotics are live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, provide a health benefit to the host through participation and neutralization of toxic compounds.

While commercial supplements are the first thought that comes to mind when speaking of probiotics naturally fermented, “live” foods have existed since the beginning of mankind. Fermented vegetables, fermented dairy products (curd, yogurt, cheese, buttermilk), kefir, fermented soy products (natto, miso, tempeh, soy sauce, tofu, fermented soybeans), and even natural fermentation , unpasteurized beers are some of the most complete probiotics available. I recommend that you include foods like these regularly in your diet, as they can help correct acid reflux problems.

My favorite food fermented (plus unpasteurized beer, of course) is the homemade sauerkraut. Keep a new batch of going almost constantly, and some I did in the fridge at all times. It provides one of the widest varieties of beneficial bacteria that are known to protect against all types of digestive problems including acid reflux problems.

During those times when you are not at home or do not have access to homemade sauerkraut and other fermented foods, I recommend the use of a commercial probiotic product. Look for one that can remain viable without refrigeration, available in health food stores and online.

D-limonene extract

seems that an extract of citrus peel known as d-limonene can provide a protective layer for both the stomach and esophagus. At this point, no one is really sure how this happens. However, the evidence is clear that it does, which means that the d-limonene can help in treating acid reflux. In one trial, the subjects took a gram of d-limonene every other day for 20 days on an empty stomach (ie, half an hour before eating or one hour after). One third of them experienced relief from heartburn after a single capsule within two weeks and 90 percent had relief. After a single cycle of treatment, the relief lasted up to six months.


Dr. Hyman, MD, functional medicine

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