I'm fortunate enough to say I've only experienced acid reflux a few times—those awful cramps and pains near your ribs are certainly memorable—and I would likely go crazy if it happened to me on the regular. To remedy mine since it doesn't happen often, I usually pop an over-the-counter antacid, but if it happened more frequently, I'd certainly start to consider home remedies for acid reflux. (Yes, they exist.)
But let's first start by breaking down what the condition is: Acid reflux (aka heartburn) happens when digestive acid goes up your stomach and into your esophagus. The results can be extremely uncomfortable—including but not limited to heartburn, burping, and even chest pain in some cases.
But never fear, as we've rounded up some acid reflux home remedies you can keep in the house at all times—some for preventative measures and others to help when you're already experiencing some pain.
RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is having a moment. Edward Group, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM, says that to prevent acid reflux you can mix one tablespoon of ACV in about four ounces of purified water and drink it before a meal. "This will help calm the stomach and supports digestion; it's also my favorite, fast-acting home remedy for acid reflux," Group says. One reason this works is that vinegar has a high pH, which ultimately helps your digestive processes.
ORGANIC ALOE VERA
We've already discussed that aloe vera is a particularly calming herb, but we had never heard of it treating acid reflux. It specifically works because it alleviates irritated tissue and helps with inflammation in your stomach. You can take the clear aloe gel and translucent flesh and put it in the blender with orange juice. PS: Don't use the outer part of the leaf—it can have laxative effects.
This fluid contains potassium and electrolytes that ensure your body stays hydrated. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, suggests drinking coconut oil throughout the day and having one large glass before bedtime as a preventative measure. "Coconut water can also be made into kefir, which adds additional healthy probiotics into the stomach that individuals with acid reflux desperately need," says Axe.
Lemon juice, like ACV, is high in acidity and is alkaline forming. You can take it preventatively by having a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice 10 minutes prior to a meal. Alternatively, you can have a tablespoon after a particularly stomach-upsetting meal up to around three tablespoons a day. Or put a squeeze in your favorite herbal tea.
organic baking soda
Yes, this sounds a little odd, but baking soda does the trick. You can put a spoonful in with water, stir, and drink the fizzy beverage. "Some doctors are skeptical, so if you have high blood pressure or if you are on a sodium-restricted diet, it's best to get advice first," warns Group.
So what do you think about these home remedies for acid reflux? Share any of your favorite natural tricks in the comments, and then read about mood-boosting foods.