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Home Remedies for Reflux 
 
by Katie Eyles June 21, 2005

Do you have a burning sensation in your throat? Is there a sour taste in your mouth? Do you throw up sometimes in the middle of the night? If these are symptoms you are experiencing at least twice a week and you have had these symptoms for more than three months, you may have acid reflux, commonly referred to as GERD (Gastroesphageal reflux disease). The first thing you need to do is go and see your doctor to make sure it is GERD. Some heart problems mask themselves as indigestion. When you are officially diagnosed with GERD, you need to decide how you want the condition to be treated. There are many medications that are effective for this disease, but if your GERD is not severe, you may be able to treat it by trying some simple home remedies. Even if you decide to try the medication, you may want to do some of these suggestions at home to help alleviate your symptoms.

When you experience those miserable symptoms associated with GERD, the acid in your stomach is actually backing up your esophagus. Why does this happen? The muscle at the end of the esophagus does not close properly. Your esophagus is not blessed with the protection your stomach wall has, so you experience a mean case of indigestion. If your indigestion is severe, you and your doctor may decide medicine or even surgery is the best choice for you. Acid reflux, if not treated can create all types of problems, including ulcers and even, in severe circumstances, taking the enamel off of your teeth. If it is just annoying, not severe, you may be able to effectively treat your disease with some of the following home remedies.

1. Pay Close Attention to Your Diet—Foods and drinks that aggravate GERD include spicy foods, acid based foods, greasy foods, alcohol, and caffeine. Before you bite into that pizza or fried chicken, think about how you are going to feel a couple of hours from now. Before you drink those beers, followed by that cup of coffee, think about the last time you did that and were up all night. If you are suicidal and enjoy great pain, drink that big glass or orange juice on an empty stomach. Sometimes changing your diet can be the key in controlling acid reflux. Although you don’t eat cigarettes, you do put them in your mouth. The smoke is inhaled into your pipes along with the nicotine. Neither smoke nor nicotine is a friend of reflux. Think about tossing that last pack now.

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