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How To Treat Acid Reflux

Many people occasionally experience acid reflux (heartburn) and its burning sensation. Generally, commercial antacids like Rolaids and Tums will keep it in check (but beware: using too many antacids can cause side effects like diarrhea and kidney issues).

If your heartburn happens more often, like having a moderate attack weekly, it could indicate that you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  In that case, if you don’t find out how to treat acid reflux, you can suffer other symptoms, including chest pains and coughing.

Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

Acid reflux and GERD are the results of stomach acids flowing back into your esophagus. There are really two main factors. The first is a relatively high amount of acid in the stomach’s content. The second is the abnormal functioning or weakening of your lower esophageal sphincter, which lets the acid get into the esophagus.

The long-term exposure to the acid can inflame the esophagus and produce many of the symptoms of GERD, including difficulty swallowing, laryngitis and sleep problems.

GERD may require a conventional medical solution. But the first thing heartburn sufferers can try are some or all of the following, which they can do on their own to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux.

  1. Manage Your Weight – Extra weight in your midsection can put more pressure on your stomach and exacerbate GERD’s symptoms.
  2. Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks – Some foods are linked to the occurrence of heartburn more than others. Try to avoid the following:
    • Tomato-based products
    • High-fat, fried and greasy foods
    • Citrus juices
    • Soft drinks and caffeine
    • Chocolate
    • Garlic and onions
    • Mint
    • Alcohol
  3. Eat More of the Right Foods – Some foods can produce less acid than others, though none will necessarily get rid of your symptoms. But give the following a try.
    • Vegetables and Non-Citrus Fruits
    • Healthy fats
    • Lean meats and Seafood
    • Oatmeal
    • Egg Whites
    • Ginger
  4. Have Smaller Meals – Eating less food at a sitting will reduce the pressure buildup in your stomach and the chance of suffering acid reflux. And try not to lie down after eating. Doing so can make it easier for stomach acids to creep into your esophagus.
  5. Wear Loose-Fitting Clothes – Tight clothes can also increase pressure on the stomach and trigger heartburn.

If you want a healthy meal plan delivery that can help manage your weight and potentially reduce your heartburn symptoms, talk to your Fit Food Nutritional Concierge and let them know about your goals. If you liked this post, check out our recent post on how to keep your heart healthy.

Shelby

Shelby Kroach, BA, CNP, NNCP

Shelby Kroach, is a holistic nutritionist and a true food enthusiast. After receiving her honors BA in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, Shelby decided to take her... read full bio

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