We’ve all been there in our favorite carbohydrate packed Sugar-Land. While loving pizza, ice cream, candy, carbonated drinks and all the delectable and simple to prepare pasta dishes a little too easily and much-too-much, we know that within this lovefest may lurk an aftermath; a collateral damage to our digestive system we may be well acquainted with, called heartburn–or GERD.
Yes, sugar, carbs, or refined processed foods, are most likely the heaviest hitters. Resisting these cravings can be its own multi-pronged reward, thus a diet devoid of too many of these food choices is highly recommended. Yet we all live in a fast paced, faster food world, so here’s what you can opt for relief if heartburn has become a serious or recurring condition. Yet, first, let’s try to dispel the myth that acid reflux, heartburn, or GERD, are caused by an overproduction of acid. Latest research findings are proving that the opposite is actually at play. Not enough acid production to properly digest food is what is emerging as the more likely culprit. Knowing this, we can now proceed to make sense of the easily accessible and highly effective home remedies you can opt for to alleviate this condition:
1. Start the day with a cup of warm water and fresh lemon juice. Drinking this on an empty stomach–20 minutes before eating anything–can naturally help the body balance out acid levels
.2. Take 2 teaspoons daily of organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the “mother” in it--that is a cloudy looking film in the bottle. Drink this in an 8 oz glass of water. You can add honey to it for a more palatable taste.
3. Take a probiotic containing the specific strain of Saccharomyces boulardii that is known to work in the small intestine in helping to optimize vitamin and nutrient absorption that are essential for digestive health.
4. Add a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water. May taste off-putting, but is highly effective in helping to balance our internal PH levels.
5. Add tumeric to your cooking or take it in capsule form as recommended on the bottle. Tumeric is a highly effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that is beneficial for overall systemic and internal delicate digestive balance.
6. Drink 2 ounces of organic, unprocessed aloe vera juice daily. You can divide the dose in two takes.
7. Eat an apple after consuming problematic meals of carbohydrate rich foods. The pectain in the apple helps to balance the digestive process.
8. Brew yourself a cup of licorice, spearmint or chamomile tea. The latter, in particular, has been used for centuries to calm digestive issue while aiding insomnia.
9. Take digestive enzymes that are indicated for aiding with proper digestion and relieve so many inflammatory conditions, including arthritic pain and presentations.
10. Make yourself a cup of fresh ginger tea by cutting some peeled ginger slices and adding them to hot water. Ginger is a centuries renowned digestive aid that also helps with nausea and motion sickeness.
All of these suggestions are simple enough to find in our local health food store, supermarket, cupboard, or, if we’re lucky enough to have lemon trees in our yard, we can happily dash to grab one for relief.
Ultimately, while GERD can be a serious and painful condition that affects countless of us, it is empowering to know that some dietary changes coupled with time-proven, natural home remedies can be formidable allies against this condition.