Acid reflux sufferers know how uncomfortable and sometimes painful it can be to have stomach acids backwash into the chest and throat. If you get periodic acid reflux or suffer from GERD, there are certain natural products to try that are good for acid reflux and settling stomach acids.
About Acid Reflux
Acid reflux occurs when the acids in the stomach that break down food get backed up into the esophagus or the throat, causing a burning sensation along the tissue linings. When acid reflux occurs frequently and regularly, it’s usually diagnosed as a condition called GERD—gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD is when you experience acid reflux more than once per week.1,2
People who experience GERD typically have a loose or weakened esophageal sphincter—the muscle that relaxes and tightens to allow food to pass. When this sphincter weakens, it cannot close properly, and therefore allows stomach acids to pass back up the esophagus and possibly into the throat. Over time, the constant and repetitive backwashing of stomach acids can irritate and inflame the tissue lining of the esophagus, which can cause more chronic pain.1
Different people may notice that their acid reflux is triggered by certain things. Some people are more likely to experience acid reflux than others. Some of the groups of people who are at greater risk of developing acid reflux and GERD include:
- People who are overweight or obese
- Pregnant women
Other factors can contribute to an increased risk of developing acid reflux or GERD, including:
- Poor diet that’s high in fatty or fried foods
- Consuming meals that are too large, especially before bed
- Drinking alcohol or coffee
- Taking aspirin or certain over-the-counter medications
If you have acid reflux or GERD, you may notice certain symptoms and patterns in your symptoms. Common acid reflux symptoms include:
- Burning in the throat that arises after bending over, lying down or eating a large meal
- Heartburn (burning in the chest)
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing or feeling a tight lump in the throat
- Tasting a sour or bitter taste in the back of the throat
If you experience acid reflux regularly, you may also develop a sore throat or even laryngitis. Chronic acid reflux can also affect your sleep if it occurs at night.1
Top Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux
Certain foods and natural remedies can help neutralize stomach acids and prevent the burning sensation from arising in the throat.
Apple Cider Vinegar - Apple cider vinegar is a home remedy for balancing stomach acids and preventing burning in the chest and throat.
Apple - Eating an apple before a meal can help to neutralize stomach acids and prevent acid reflux that’s triggered by food.
Pickle Juice - The vinegar content in pickle juice can help neutralize stomach acids and prevent acid reflux.
Baking Soda - Baking soda is a natural acid neutralizer. You can take it before or after a meal to stop acid reflux.
Peanut Butter - Some people take peanut butter to soothe an irritated throat caused by acid reflux. It may help to coat the throat and reducing inflammation.