Home Remedies for Acid Reflux

How to Get Rid of Acid Reflux with Natural Remedies
How to Get Rid of Acid Reflux with Natural Remedies

According to Ayurveda, acid reflux is caused when the heat energy within our cells, known as Pitta, becomes imbalanced. Pitta is located in the stomach and is symbolized as a sharp, intense, hot and acidic energy. When an individual consumes pitta aggravating foods like vinegar, citrus juices, tomatoes, chilies, onions, garlic, alcohol and fried foods, it leads to heartburn. Consuming caffeine and sodas also aggravates the pitta. Stress, irregular eating patterns, sleep deprivation and taking painkillers as well as antibiotics also increases production of heat toxins which leads to heartburn. Let’s find out quick home remedies for acid reflux treatment in ayurveda.






16 Effective Home Remedies to Fight Acid Reflux

  1. For quick relief from acid reflux, drink 200-500ml of fresh tender coconut water twice every day. 
  2. Aloe Vera juice, particularly the fresh gel taken straight from the leaf, helps in balancing pitta.
  3. Holy Basil: Known as Tulsi, holy basil comes from the mint family and helps reduce excess acid production. If you feel an acid attack looming, chew on some fresh holy basil leaves to find relief from the pain and burning sensation accompanied by reflux.
  4. Ginger: In moderation, ginger is one of the best foods for acid reflux. It has been used throughout history as an anti-inflammatory and as a treatment for gastrointestinal conditions. Ginger root can easily be peeled, sliced, diced, or shaved using a grater. You can use it while cooking or add it to smoothies.
  5. Amla: An Ayurvedic herb, Amla or Indian Gooseberry can cure a variety of digestive ailments. You can have it in the raw form, mix amla powder in water and drink the concoction or opt for juice. 
  6. Bananas make a great snack, and at pH 5.6, they’re usually great for people with acid reflux. However, about 1% of acid refluxers find that their condition is worsened by bananas. So keep in mind that what works for most people may not work for you.
  7. Coriander: This herb helps neutralize stomach acids and can easily be added to a variety of dishes. You can use the fresh leaves of the herb, or use coriander powder in your curries. Ayurvedic practitioners also recommend adding 1 tablespoon of coriander juice to half cup of buttermilk for relief from acid reflux. You may also brew a tea using coriander, dried ginger and snake gourd leaf. Take 14 to 28 ml twice every day.
  8. Melon (pH 6.1) is good for acid reflux. However, as with bananas, a small percentage (1% to 2%) of those with acid reflux need to avoid it. Also included in the good-for-reflux category are honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
  9. Licorice: A strong Ayurvedic medicine for treating acid reflux, licorice root can be brewed into a tea that is effective at neutralizing stomach acids.
  10. Fennel (pH 6.9) is a great food for acid reflux and actually seems to improve stomach function.This crunchy vegetable has a unique taste—a mild licorice flavor. Sliced thin (the white bottom part), it makes a healthy salad with arugula and baby spinach. It’s also great in chicken dishes, and makes a fine snack if you love the taste.
  11. Fresh pomegranate juice helps balance pitta and is good for GERD sufferers.
  12. Parsley: For thousands of years, parsley has been used as a medicinal herb to settle the stomach and aid digestion.Flat-leaf and curly parsley are widely available, and they make a great seasoning and garnish. 
  13. Aniseed: Boil one cup of water. To this add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf). Cover and leave overnight. Strain the water in the morning, add 1 tsp of honey. When this is taken 3 times a day it prevents acidity. 
  14. Caraway seeds (shah jeera): To 1 ½ liters of water add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera). Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Sip while warm. Have the concoction 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days.
  15. Ashwagandha is excellent for those who suffer from acid reflux. It helps balance the mind, promote a peaceful night’s sleep and keeps anxiety at bay.
  16. Add a teaspoon of ghee in a glass of milk and drink this before a meal. This concoction coats the stomach lining to protect it against acid attack.
Important:
Avoid all pitta aggravating foods, which includes grapefruit, orange, tomatoes and tomato sauce, spinach, raw onions, cheese (especially aged cheese like blue cheese, mature cheddar and feta), vinegar, alcohol, cayenne, jalapeno peppers, chilies, radish and beets.

Drink warm water throughout the day. Refrain from drinking chilled water and using ice. The best time to drink a tall glass of water is 30 minutes before your meal. However, don’t drink water with your meal or up to 30 minutes after you finish your meal.

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