Well, if you are experiencing excess stomach acid, you may well think that the title of this post is an ambitious one!
However, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that home remedies can be extremely effective as a cure for acid reflux.
The truth is, however, that you have to find the one that works, one that is based on scientific principles, and has been demonstrated to succeed by professional research.
It’s no use just picking up any old home remedy from the Internet, and hoping for the best.
To start with, you need to ensure that you have had medical advice to make sure that there is no serious underlying problem: that could include hiatal hernia, Barratt’s esophagus, an incipient stomach ulcer, or Helicobacter pylori infection.
Assuming that none of these problems relates to you, then it’s reasonable to take antacids like Tums and turn to home remedies for a longer term cure.
One of the issues that you may come up against when you do this, is that the pain of excess acid can be excruciating, and you may be tempted to go to the pharmacy and gets an over-the-counter medication such as Prilosec or Zantac.
It’s worth remembering that hydrogen blockers like Zantac are a better remedy in the short term and PPIs like Prilosec, simply because the proton pump inhibitors tend to produce a rebound effect when you stop taking them which makes the stomach acid production more excessive than it was in the first place.
So my advice is that if you want to try a medication for temporary relief while you look for the origins of the problem at a more fundamental level, use Zantac or Tagamet — these are the trade names for ranitidine and cimetidine.
Now, what home remedies could possibly deal with acid reflux?
Video by Joseph Mercola on acid reflux.
I want to emphasize that we’re not talking about traditional cures like using sodium bicarbonate or drinking a lot of water.This is purely nonsense, and is certainly not going to cure acid reflux any time soon.
Or were actually looking for here is some lifestyle changes that will enable you to accommodate the stress which may lie behind your stomach acid production. It’s not entirely clear why stress and stomach acid production are linked, but they most certainly are, and in my experience, the common factor is actually a state of emotional conflict rather than anxiety per se.
Be that as it may, it clear that you need to find out what’s lying beneath your emotional distress or stress, before you start dealing with excess stomach acid.
That might mean something as simple as adopting a relaxation program to reduce stress, or meditation program so that you can calm an overactive mind which is producing anxiety, and come to terms with the situation in your life as it is, rather than fighting it at an emotional level.
Needless to say, this is easier said than done, because some of the situations that produce conflict, anxiety, and excess acid production stomach are things that can’t be dealt with too easily — for example relationship problems or stress at work. In these cases, it may be necessary to change your attitude, and to learn to live with a source of your emotional distress
There’s a program on the market called Heartburn No More, written by a man called Jeff Martin, which seems to be one of the more effective and compelling ebooks on home remedies for acid reflux. I’ve written a detailed review of Heartburn No More – see it at www.anaturalrefluxremedy.com – and I hope you will find it useful. The reasons I think it’s a good approach is because I’ve used it myself, and it certainly helped me enormously.
The final thing I want to make clear is that in some cases Helicobacter pylori infection can be a problem, and it’s worth having a check with your doctor to see if this may be a factor in your case.