Have you ever had an experience where, after a night of beer and wings, you were full of helium? Or, you kept burping? Or, maybe you felt like you were going to vomit? You’re likely experiencing that awful sensation called acid reflux.
Acid reflux is a condition in which in your digestive system backs up from the stomach into the esophagus and even up to the throat, irritating the tissue. It’s an uncomfortable experience that can be caused by many different things, including medication, diet, pregnancy, rapid weight gain, and certain medical conditions. And trying to manage it can be equally challenging. (Ever tried to calculate how much tomato sauce you can eat when drinking red wine?) Plus antacids taste terrible. There has to be a better way.
As a fellow sufferer, here are my tried-and-true natural remedies for treating chronic acid reflux.
For the occasional burn: Baking Soda
Feeling the pain and need to remedy it and rally...right now? This remedy is great for a tailgate party or out at a bar. Fill a small container or old lip balm tin with baking soda. When you’re feeling the pain, add it to a glass of water, and chug it down. Works like a charm - but don’t make a habit of it. Baking soda has a good amount of sodium so it’s only for the occasional incident.
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Like a sunburn: Aloe
It seems that aloe is the world’s soother. Great on sunburns and for healing, but also great on the inside. While some people might prefer to crack open an aloe plant, there’s also tons of aloe-based drinks available. Try ALO Exposed with Honey,
or buy a honking gallon of aloe juice
and add it to any flavored drink.
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In a pinch: Chew Gum
If you find yourself stranded, find a way to commandeer a stick of sugar free gum. Gum stimulates your salivary glands, moving liquid to your stomach and helping to dilute the acid. It’s not the most effective, but it will help in a pinch. Make sure to chew gum for at least half an hour.
The Savior: Vinegar Pills
Dried vinegar pills are your new best friend. While some people go raw and just take a shot of vinegar, the dried vinegar pills get the job done
. Take them every day as you would a vitamin for complete digestion health. It not only helps with the acid, but also for leg cramps, pain, and weight loss.
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