A lot of people have had problems with heartburn and if you live in the USA you sure had felt it as well. It is proven that almost 50% of the population had this issue. You have to know that, heartburn is actually a symptom of GERD also known as acid reflux. The medical term for this problem is called gastroesophageal reflux disease.

However you should know certain natural options that will help you to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and additionally you will learn about GERD.

The symptoms that appear after you eat something that actually is refused by your stomach represent the heartburn.

In some cases it can cause heat or even liquids in the pancreas. At the moment when these fluids go up to the esophagus they will cause a big discomfort and this is GERD.

Your esophagus may shrink and become smaller by the acid which causes scarring, inflammation and throat burning, coughing, wheezing, nausea, hoarseness etc.

Additionally, GERD can raise the risk of developing esophageal cancer, but you should know that this cannot be drastic. If you experience this for a longer period, there is a possibility that you can develop Barett’s Esophagus. This is a disorder that causes replacement of the squamous cells located in the stomach with the gland cells and this as the time goes by there is a risk of developing dysplasia and in the end cancer.

There a many people who just go with it and do not make changes in their diet. They usually do something when the symptoms worsen and they solve the problems with products that they buy in the stores.

What is the reason for GERD?

The first and most important step is to find out what is the reason for the GERD or acid reflux. Older people or fat people can have problems with the esophagus function because of the abdominal fat and additionally as the in obese or older people can affect the function of the esophagus. Moreover, they age the esophageal sphincter will be weakened as well.

We present you the drinks and foods that can only worsen GERD symptoms:

• Nicotine
• Chocolate
• Caffeine
• Alcohol
• Spicy
• Fatty foods
• Greasy foods

That is why there is a list of 10 natural ingredients and ways that can help you to ease the GERD symptoms.

1. Lose Weight

It is shown in different studies that if you lose 10% of the body fat you will certainly improve the symptoms of acid reflux.

2. Change the Eating Habits

Patricia Raymond is a gastroenterologist from Chesapeake, VA and she says that if you making changes in your eating habits can cause changes among 30% of the population. She explains that changing the diet has proven to be effective only in about 30% of people who suffer from acid reflux. The reason is because many people would rather have problems with it than be on a diet for their entire life.

3. Lemon Juice and Warm Water

Rebekah Fedrowitz is a holistic nutritionist and she says that it is recommended to drink lemon water every morning, 15 to 20 minutes before your first meal. This way the acidity in your body will be balanced and the digestion will be improved.

4. Baking Soda

You may think this is not delicious, but is one of the best ways for easing the symptoms. Take one tablespoon of baking soda and add it in ½ cup of water and drink it.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

The newest studies and holistic nutritionist and naturopathic doctor in Trevorton, PA, Christina K, shows that in order to stimulate acid production you have to consume more highly acidic foods. The reason is because for proper food digestion you need additional acid. This means that by eating sauerkraut, pickles, drinking ACV etc. you can improve the condition

6. Saccharomyces Boulardii

Stella Metsovas who is the author of “The 21 Day Digestive Health Detox” says that consuming Saccharomyces boulardii (a probiotic) is amazing for relieving the symptoms of acid reflux. It is a supplement that is going to help your body in the process of vitamins absorption and it is also great for digestion.

7. Slippery Elm

This is a herbal supplement and you can buy it like lozenge, powder or capsule and it can help you to soothe the digestive tract which is cause by irritation.

8. Tea

In order to calm down an upset stomach you should drink fenugreek, peppermint and chamomile tea.

9. A Gum

It is maybe the weirdest but it is very effective. By chewing gum you can stimulate the saliva production and this will actually reduce the acid amount in esophagus.

10. Sleeping on the Left Side

This is an amazing trick for reducing the symptoms of heartburn. By sleeping on the right side you can worsen it and by sleeping on the left side you can ease the symptoms. If you sleep on the right side you will only apply pressure to the intestines and this is going to relax the esophageal sphincter.

Additional Tip:

Remember that if you will eat tacos, pizza or if you drink something that can cause acid reflux just take and eat one apple, chew a gum and fall asleep on the left side.

References: Mother Nature Network  The Hearty Soul