Holistic Remedies for GERD

For many, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a daily unpleasant occurrence. It can be a painful and annoying hindrance. It causes symptoms such as burning in the throat, bad breath, coughing and difficulty swallowing, to name a few.

If you suffer from GERD and you are a person who prefers natural solutions to health setbacks there are several options for you.

First, there are lifestyle habits you can change:

  • Stop Smoking The act of smoking damages the esophageal sphincter limiting its ability to function properly.

  • Lose Weight/Maintain A Healthy Weight Excess weight puts pressure on your stomach, pushing it up and out of place. When that happens stomach acid seeps back into the esophagus. Having a healthy body weight keeps your organs in their correct place and functioning properly.

  • Avoid Foods That Trigger Acid Reflux Spicy foods, fatty and fried foods, alcohol and caffeine are all culprits when it comes to indigestion.

  • Avoid Eating Prior To Bedtime Laying down with a full stomach also triggers indigestion. Moving around after eating and staying upright will help keep food going in the direction it’s supposed to.

  • Practice Relaxation Stress is known to cause inflammation and the digestive tract might where your stress manifests. Calming your body and soothing your stress may go a long way in easing digestion.

There are also holistic herbal remedies you can incorporate into your lifestyle to help prevent GERD or relieve the symptoms once they occur:

  • Aloe Vera Juice Not unlike the way aloe relieves sunburn, it can also soothe heartburn. The properties of aloe vera make it a great anti-inflammatory. It also flushes out toxins and promotes smooth digestion overall.

  • Baking Soda Sodium bicarbonate is a base that can neutralize stomach acid. A teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a cup of water will alleviate the burning caused by acid reflux.

  • Licorice Root Also a natural remedy for stomach ulcers, licorice can also be effective at alleviating GERD symptoms. Not to be confused with the candy, look for deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). Ginger and slippery elm are other herbs to consider.

  • Probiotics Regularly incorporating fermented foods such as yogurt, miso, kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut will help keep the digestion tract healthy. Probiotics fight toxins and bad bacteria which cause inflammation and discomfort. Like aloe vera, probiotics help keeps overall digestion running smoothly.

As with over-the-counter and prescription medications, herbal remedies may also come with unwanted side effects. Do your research and speak with experts before making decisions. Suggested many times, keep a food diary in order to track how you feel. The better you know the body the better you will be able to identify what is causing your symptoms as well as what is and isn't working to treat them.