Natural antacids can help to quickly get rid of the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux. Most people will benefit from first-stage treatments by adjusting how, when, and what they eat. However, diet and lifestyle adjustments alone may not be effective for some. In theses cases, doctors may recommend using medications that slow or stop acid production in the stomach. Acid reflux can occur at any time of day. However, most people tend to experience symptoms at night. This is because lying down makes it easier for acid to move up into the chest. But baking soda isn’t recommended as a long-term treatment, especially if you have GERD or need to be on a low-salt diet.
Doctors usually don’t recommend taking both a PPI and an H2 receptor blocker at the same time. H2 receptor blockers can interfere with the effectiveness of PPIs. If your GERD symptoms don’t improve with the use of a PPI, your doctor may recommend an H2 receptor blocker instead. Some people experience regurgitation. This is the feeling of liquid, food, or bile moving up your throat, rather than down. In some cases, people may even vomit However, vomiting is rare in adults. Despite limited research, slippery elm has been used in herbal remedies for centuries to treat a variety of illnesses, including GERD symptoms This tree extract thickens the layer of mucous lining the stomach, says Dr. Blum, creating a stronger barrier against acid.
If you want to try milk as a natural antacid for acid reflux, Dr. Khatri says you can try drinking a glass of fat-free skim milk as a snack between meals but don’t overdo it as overfilling your stomach may increase heartburn. 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 term medication.
Chewing gum stimulates saliva production and swallowing. This might help dilute and clear stomach acid from your esophagus. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are another type of medication used to reduce stomach acid and treat acid reflux or GERD. Examples of PPIs include address esomeprazole (Nexium) and pantoprazole (Protonix). Occasional heartburn (acid reflux) can happen to anyone. Always consult your doctor before using herbal remedies. Some herbal medications may interact with other medications or cause unwanted side effects.