Category Archives: Home Remedies for Heartburn

Do fatty foods cause gerd?

Do Fatty Foods Cause Gerd?

At one time fat in your food was almost equivalent to smoking – it was a big no no if you wanted to stay healthy.

However, it is now experiencing a renaissance as part of a balanced diet, as dietitians come round to thinking that there are clear health benefits, compared to getting your calories from other sources such as carbohydrates. read more

Candida and Acid Reflux : Is It Caused by This Bug? {UK}

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Candida and Acid Reflux

Candida and acid reflux are connected : I’ve seen many references to yeast overgrowth, or candidiasis, or Thrush,  in the intestine being a cause of acid reflux. Candida is the term for a group of organisms including moulds and fungi which live all around us. One family, Candida Albicans, lives in all mucus membranes, i.e. intestines, eyes, ears, bladder, stomach, lungs, vagina, etc. It is one of the billions of friendly organisms that serve a useful purpose in the body. read more

Candida and Acid Reflux : Is It Caused by This Bug? {US}

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Candida and Acid Reflux

Candida and acid reflux are connected : I’ve seen many references to yeast overgrowth, or candidiasis, or Thrush,  in the intestine being a cause of acid reflux. Candida is the term for a group of organisms including moulds and fungi which live all around us. One family, Candida Albicans, lives in all mucus membranes, i.e. intestines, eyes, ears, bladder, stomach, lungs, vagina, etc. It is one of the billions of friendly organisms that serve a useful purpose in the body. read more

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Alkaline Water Systems – Scam or Science?

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Alkaline water systems are fashionable – along with juicing and quinoa. Are they just part of a media hyped fad destined to fade into obscurity? Or can they give us real health advantages? read more

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Quench The Fire Of Heartburn Using This Hot Ingredient

Peppers are more often on the list of foods to avoid, so it may be surprising to learn that they may quench the fire of heartburn. The scientific basis of this lies in the capsaicin (the hot stuff in jalapeno peppers) which may protect the stomach lining (Journal of Physiology, Paris, Jan-Dec, 2001). Regular use appears to decrease reflux symptoms (Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, April, 2010). This may be because regular use of capsaicin cream on the skin can reduce pain. This is by depleting the chemical that transmits pain. read more

Heartburn & Gord News Roundup – Preventing heartburn in babies, Adverse effect of common medicines on Heartburn, Acid reflux recipes

Preventing Heartburn in Babies

In the UK The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) has published its first clinical guideline on the management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (Gord in the UK, GERD in the US) in infants and children here. It points out that most episodes of reflux are temporary, and not chronic disease. WebMD provides more general information on preventing heartburn in babies here, and for an interesting article on treating acid reflux in infants naturally, read Chris Kresser’s post here. read more

> Are Proton Pump Inhibitors Safe?

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Well, I have been on a strict 30 mg Lanzoprozole (proton pump inhibitor) regime for the last 5 weeks (together with 10 mg of amitriptylene daily) and I have to admit my acid reflux has been so much better. Apart from occasional bouts of low grade heartburn, which has generally been sorted by a couple of tablespoons of  Apple Cider Vinegar or gulps of Gaviscon Advance (recommended by my doctor), and sporadic sore throat / phlegm, I have been pretty much free of symptoms. I visited my GP today, and she has reduced the dose to 15 mg of Lanzoprozole per day with a recommendation I continue to deal with any heartburn as I have been doing. read more

Candida and Acid Reflux : Is It Caused by This Bug?

 US readers please click here

Candida and Acid Reflux

Candida and acid reflux are connected : I’ve seen many references to yeast overgrowth, or candidiasis, or Thrush,  in the intestine being a cause of acid reflux. Candida is the term for a group of organisms including moulds and fungi which live all around us. One family, Candida Albicans, lives in all mucus membranes, i.e. intestines, eyes, ears, bladder, stomach, lungs, vagina, etc. It is one of the billions of friendly organisms that serve a useful purpose in the body. read more

Apple Cider Vinegar – A Quick Fix For Acid Reflux & Other Ailments

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Apple Cider Vinegar – A Quick Fix For Acid Reflux & Other Ailments

For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used by cultures all over the world as not just a preservative but for its numerous health benefits as well. The acidic brew packs a plethora of well being into even the smallest amounts. Want to pump up your immune system? Even figure out how to get rid of acid reflux? This versatile vinegar may be your answer. read more

5 Home Remedies for Heartburn

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5 Home Remedies for Heartburn

Why spend cash on meds when there seem to be plenty of home remedies for heartburn around. A scan of the internet turns up a host of short term, but effective, ways to relieve acid reflux, many of which use common household ingredients which you’ll be able to reach out for in the middle of the night.
Unfortunately, however, what works for one may not necessarily work for others, and if your symptoms are not relieved by any one of these, try another. As is usual with home remedies, do be careful about what you take and how much, and if you’re in any doubt about the cause of your discomfort, consult a physician. I’ve listed the common home remedies for heartburn below in rough order of popularity:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Whilst this is counter-intuitive, taking an acid solution seems to be effective against acid reflux in many people. There is a body of medical opinion which concludes that acid reflux is caused by too little stomach acid (this will be subject of another post). Most people seem to take a teaspoon of this vinegar in a glass of water with honey during, or after, a meal. I am currently trying this; I’ve written about all the other health benefits of apple cider vinegar here. it is remarkably pleasant, and it does seem to reduce the feeling of burning after a meal. Highly recommended apple cider vinegar can be bought  and  I came across a lot of references to drinking Pickle juice bringing temporary relief; I assume this is basically the same type of acid (but probably more readily available and cheaper).

Baking Soda 

In the contrast to the apple cider vinegar, baking soda neutralises the acid temporarily, due to its highly alkaline nature. One teaspoonful in a glass of water seems to do the trick for some people, including me when the pain is particularly acute, though reports of gaseous bouts following drinking appear common! Also, limit your long term intake as there is a high salt content. Baking soda is available at any corner shop or supermarket, and you can buy a highly rated aluminium free variety online (US) and (UK). More convenient chewable tablets are available, but more difficult to come by; you can get a highly recommended variety (UK) and (US).

Chewing Gum

I have not been able to find out the exact reason this does give relief, but there is no doubt that it increases saliva which may have a protective effect on the esophagus. For some people, mint flavours trigger reflux, so I suggest you use a fruit based gum.

 I actually swear by chewing gum after meals – it consistently works for me in reducing discomfort. I prefer this make  read more