Why are more and more people turning to natural remedies for acid reflux cure? The answer is simple. As more and more people are becoming aware of the side effects and other issues that come bundled with the usage of prescription drugs, they are realizing that natural remedies are their only remaining solution. Also, prescription drugs are mostly meant to be used for a short period of time after which a person is supposed to modify their diet and lifestyle which would itself take care of their stomach acid problems; their long term usage can definitely bring about negative changes in your system. On the other hand, there are many common herbs whose potent with regard to acid reflux has not yet been fully proven, but which pose no threats in the form of side effects either. Naturally, there is no harm in trying some of these natural acid reflux remedies out, right? In this article I will talk about three such remedies.
Visit the Doctor: If you are using any kind of remedies for acid reflux, be it natural or prescription-based drugs, it is always safe to pay a visit to your doctor. And please, don’t hide the fact that you are already trying out certain solutions to alleviate your problem (unless you aren’t). It is also not ok to ignore this acid reflux problem, as over time you may become afflicted with the dreaded cancer in the esophagus area. If you are using any kind of natural remedies and don’t feel the heartburn or throat inflammation, don’t relax just yet. Do you have to clear your throat frequently, cough often or generally sound hoarse early in the morning? If yes, then you may be suffering from what the experts call ‘silent acid reflux’ which doesn’t cause heartburn but affects your vocal cords anyway. This is an equal cause of concern for you and you should report any such symptom immediately to the doctor.
Herbs to Use: Coming to natural remedies, you must have heard of gingerroot and fennel, right? Well, these are often known as ‘folk remedies’. Then you have got the slippery elm herb too which is being used for a long time to treat just about any kind of stomach upset problems, ranging from diarrhea, constipation, heartburn to acid reflux. If none of these remedies work well for you, fear not. You can also try out other botanical remedies like meadowsweet, chamomile, cancer bush, catnip, gentian root, angelica root and aloe vera. Keep in mind that although almost any one of these herbs are believed to be a ‘natural cure’ for acid reflux, several scientists have found that combining them together make an even more effective treatment. Also, these natural cures should be used as a starting point only and not as a permanent solution; permanent relief from acid reflux can be gotten only by making drastic changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Avoid Smoking: For example, it is well known that our sphincter muscles are responsible for ensuring that our stomach acid does not reach our esophagus. Our saliva further ensures that stomach acid, even if it reaches our esophagus by some accident, gets reduced to an extent. Now, if you are a habitual smoker, then you are in big trouble; after all, smoking not only dehydrates you and dries out all of your saliva, it also makes the sphincter muscles relax which are then unable to prevent the stomach acid from getting refluxed back to our throat. As you can see, if you want to get rid of acid reflux and heartburn problems, then smoking is a big no-no! If you need more information on how to cure acid reflux, [adrotate banner="6"]