GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease): is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion because of GERD
Here are some natural home remedy solutions to help reduce the symptoms of GERD.
1. Chew Gum:
People experiencing GERD can get some relief by chewing sugar-free gum for about 30 minutes after they eat, according to a study conducted by the Journal of Dental Research. Chewing a piece of gum stimulates the salivary glands, which increases saliva.
The saliva helps wash away any acid. Chew one piece after you eat and note the difference.
2. Eat Fruit:
Not just any fruit bananas have natural antacid properties that counteract acid reflux.
Eat a fully ripened banana each day to reduce the discomfort of acid coming back up. Another great fruit to try is an apple.
To prevent discomfort at night, slice up an apple and enjoy it a few hours before bedtime.
Other fruits that can reduce instances of GERD are honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon.
Be sure to avoid fruits with high acidic content such as oranges, grapefruit and pineapple.
3. Baking Soda:
A teaspoon of baking soda (a base substance) neutralizes stomach acid so that even if it comes up, you won’t feel that burning sensation.
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 8 ounces of water and drink all of it.
Repeat as needed, but don’t exceed seven doses in one day. Avoid using this GERD home remedy for more than a week, due to its high salt content and other side effects like swelling or nausea.
4. Ginger Tea:
Ginger tea is great for many stomach ailments, from the common stomachache to nausea to chronic acid reflux. For full flavor, simmer slices of ginger root in water for 30 minutes.
For maximum benefit, drink the tea before a meal to maximize the impact of this GERD home remedy.
5. Chamomile Tea:
To balance the acidity levels in your stomach, drink a cup of chamomile tea 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Chamomile also reduces stress levels, which can contribute to heartburn.
Instant chamomile tea is available for purchase, or you can make your own fresh. Simply boil water, stir in chamomile petals and let them simmer for about 45 seconds.
Strain them out and pour the tea into a mug, adding honey or lemon as preferred.
Mustard is full of minerals and contains vinegar, a weak acid. It also contains alkaline, which neutralizes the acid that comes up due to GERD.
Take 1 teaspoon of straight mustard if you’re experiencing symptoms of GERD or when you experience heartburn.