Acid reflux is just what it sounds like: your stomach acid backing into your food pipe, the esophagus, and irritating its lining. That burning pain in your chest flares up after a meal, feels worse when you lie down, and can fill your mouth with sour, bitter-tasting fluid. And it doesn’t stop there. Many of my patients with acid reflux also experience bloating, burping and hiccuping, or sometimes just a chronic dry tickle or cough. If you are nodding along as you read this know that you aren’t alone—between 25 and 40% of Americans feel your (burning) pain.
As a naturopath, I focus on holistic, minimally invasive, long-term fixes for gut health issues. As a human, I also know that sometimes, you can’t stop for an in-depth holistic consultation. You may not have days to determine which foods cause acid reflux for you or weeks to wait for your new, natural acid reflux diet to make these uncomfortable (and often embarrassing) symptoms disappear. If you are walking into an important meeting, a first date, or stepping on stage for your big solo, you need to know what helps acid reflux right now.
Put down your over-the-counter acid reflux remedy. (It probably isn’t doing all that much for you anyway.) Here is what you need to know about how to cure acid reflux on the go—naturally!
- Don’t go anywhere without DGL
Did you know there are herbs for acid reflux? My personal favorite is organic capsules of the deglycyrrhizinated form of licorice root—or DGL. DGL has so many health benefits, including the ability to naturally promote mucus activity. This beneficial mucus creates a barrier to stomach acids that allows damaged tissue to heal and prevent future flare-ups. Chew a tablet (if you hate the taste of licorice, they come in chocolate flavor!) to prevent future outbreaks.
- Reach for the raw organic apple cider vinegar
This tip makes many top home remedies for acid reflux lists, and for good reason. Real apple cider vinegar—raw and unpasteurized to preserve the ‘mother’—has incredible stomach-soothing properties in addition to its many other health benefits. You may not love the taste (try diluting one tablespoon in a small glass of purified water) but you will love its calming effect on your acid reflux.
- Really in a bind? It’s baking soda time.
There are many more all-natural acid reflux remedies in my book, Digestive Relief for Life: The Secret to the Mind-Gut Connection, but many of them require advance preparation or may need to be ordered by mail if you don’t live close to a health food store. There’s one naturopathic remedy that pretty much everyone has in their pantry, though, and that’s good old bicarbonate of soda (baking soda). It’s a base agent, meaning it has a powerful ability to neutralize acids, and many patients find its taste more pleasant than apple cider vinegar. Mix half a teaspoon into a quarter-cup of purified water and drink it down. If, in a few minutes, you aren’t feeling it, do it all over again until your symptoms stop.
When the immediate acid reflux crisis has passed it’s time to think about cures. Browse through my book, Digestive Relief for Life: The Secret to the Mind-Gut Connection, or schedule an online consultation for a more customized solution…
The information provided in this blog post is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. It is not intended to substitute for the treatment and/or diagnosis of an in-person visit or exam with a medical professional. This information does not provide a second opinion or in any way attempt to alter the treatment plans or therapeutic goals/recommendations of your personal physician. It is my role to partner with you to provide ongoing support and accountability as you create an action plan to meet and maintain your health goals.