Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 6.39.03 PMAcid reflux occurs when food from the stomach flows back to the esophagus. This results in heart burn. Heart burn is a symptom rather than a disease. It is a common symptom experienced by many adults.

It is characterized by a burning sensation behind the sternum and sometimes radiates up the throat. This is literally acid creeping up your throat and burning it. Over the counter medication and other prescription drugs are available to counteract heart burn.

However, if you only experience heartburn occasionally, then natural remedies for acid reflux may be your best choice.

Some of the natural remedies for acid reflux in adults include:

  • Baking soda

Baking soda, also commonly known as sodium bicarbonate is an alkali with a pH more than 7. Therefore it will help to neutralize the stomach acid. But, how is this useful? By neutralizing the stomach acid, the risk of your esophagus getting burnt during episodes of acid reflux is minimized.

So how should you take the baking soda?

It’s simple. Mix half a table spoon of baking soda with a glass of fresh water. Stir it well and drink the entire mixture. Do not take more than 3 table spoons of baking soda within a 24 hour period.

Always consult a doctor before taking any home remedies. 

 

  • Chewing a gum will wash away the acid built up in your stomach

Yes, chewing gum can also help reduce the acid reflux. Chewing sugar free gum for about 30 minutes after a meal increases the saliva production in your mouth. This saliva will dilute and clear out the acid that was built up in your stomach. Washing away the excess acid will help to ward off the heart burn.

 

  • Keep your head end of the bed elevated while you sleep

Lying down makes it easy for the acid in the stomach to creep up to your esophagus and that is why heart burn is more frequent at night. Therefore keep your head end of your bed elevated.

Also avoid getting into bed within 3 to 4 hours after eating. Acid production is greatest when your stomach is full with food and also the stomach contents will help to push the acid to to your esophagus when lying down.

 

  • Tight clothes aggravates heartburn

Avoid wearing tight clothes such as tight jeans, belts and even shirts and tops. They add extra pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter and make it easy for the stomach acid to creep up your throat.

 

  • Put an end to smoking and reduce alcohol

If you are suffering from severe acid reflux, then it might be time to stop smoking and reducing alcohol consumption if this is a habit of yours. Both smoking and alcohol contribute to the weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter. While a weak lower esophageal sphincter is the main culprit behind acid reflux, smoking and alcohol intake will only make this condition worse. If quitting smoking and drinking less alcohol applies to you, it will not only reduce the acid reflux, it will also improve your overall health.

 

  • Mustard

Consuming mustard is another great natural remedy for acid reflux. It’s known to be an alkalizing food. Because of its property, mustard will help to neutralize the acidic content in your stomach. Try eating one table spoon of mustard straight. It might be hard to eat straight up, but it will definitely put a smile on your face when the heartburn hopefully goes away.

These are a few natural remedies for acid reflux in adults that you can easily try at home. If none of these seem to work, it is advisable that you contact your doctor.