Acid Reflux Home Remedy
Before you indulge, keep these facts in mind. Use these diet tips as an Acid Reflux Home Remedy.
Limiting or removing the following triggers from your diet will help to reduce your symptoms of acid reflux.
Fatty or greasy foods slow down digestion, which means that acid and food remain in the stomach longer. This gives the acid a greater opportunity to move backward into the esophagus and cause heartburn and damage.
Peppermint, spearmint and chocolate contain compounds that cause the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to loosen or relax, and then potentially allow acid to enter the esophagus.
Caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea and soda raise the level of acidity in the stomach, making stomach juices even more irritating.
Alcoholic beverages, citrus juices, spicy foods and tomato products directly irritate the esophagus as well as add to the acidity level.
With meals, limit alcohol intake to moderate amounts: one to two mixed drinks, 12 to 16 ounces of wine or two to three beers.
Substituting white wine for red is also a good idea.
Try exercise, walking, meditation, stretching or deep breathing instead of an alcoholic drink to unwind after a stressful day.
At the end of the day, when you are heading to sleep, try sleeping with an elevated mattress so that your head is elevated on a gradual incline above your feet. Sleeping head elevated allows gravity to keep the acid where it belongs – in your stomach.
Unfortunately, lying flat at night allows the acids to easily move back into the esophagus and cause damage. Alternatively, sleeping with your upper body propped up with pillows bends you in the middle and puts added pressure on your Lower Esophageal Sphincter. This often makes reflux worse.
Ultimately, the best acid reflux home remedy is to manage your diet to lose weight and sleep with a head elevated mattress to prevent further esophageal damage and allow healing.