Heartburn is very common – and very unpleasant. Smoking damages the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is responsible for preventing stomach acids from backing up. When the muscles of the LES are weakened from smoking, you may experience more frequent heartburn episodes. It’s time to quit smoking. You will feel better. Baking soda is another remedy. Since this is a base it neutralizes the acids in your stomach. Mix a teaspoon in a glass of warm water. Antacids are an over-the-counter medicine that relieves heartburn temporarily by neutralizing stomach acid. Dependence on antacids are dangerous. They can mask serious problems if symptoms persist. Antacids can also interact with certain prescription drugs and HIV medications. Check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties which are excellent in treating acid reflux. You can grow the plant in your backyard and pick three to four leaves and steep it in a cup of hot water and drink it as a tea. You can also purchase a herbal tea that contains chamomile in it. Acid Free-Flux is a safe, non-addictive, FDA-registered natural remedy containing 100% homeopathic ingredients selected to relieve acid reflux and heartburn. Drink enough fluids to help your body absorb important nutrients and lubricate food waste, and use low-fat methods when cooking. Try drinking herbal chamomile tea after dinner or before bedtime, as it’s believed to have a calming effect on the stomach.
All this has been interesting and I will look into it all more in the day. Last January I mentioned to my gp that I started to regularly get fuzzy gurgling in my throat and he put me on medication after I said I sometimes get acid reflux (he didn’t do any investigation into the reason I was getting it, is that normal?!). Been on the medication almost a year now but concerned about being on long this page term medication. Having a spot of chamomile tea about ½ – 1 hour before you plan on going to sleep can help reduce inflammation in your stomach, and possibly balance out the acidity levels as well. It also does wonders for relieving stress, which can trigger acid reflux, and will help you sleep through the night as well. You can use instant chamomile tea, or you can easily make your own fresh.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the medical term for what we know as acid reflux, dyspepsia or heartburn. It is a digestive condition where the stomach acids flow back into the esophagus (the gullet or tube which connects the stomach to the throat). The regurgitated acid most often consists of a few compounds: acid, bile, and pepsin. There are over 16,000 articles in the medical literature showing that suppressing stomach acid does not address the problem. It only temporarily treats the symptoms.