You’ve undoubtedly had that burning feeling in your throat at some time or another. It was once called, “Acid Indigestion.” But if you describe the feeling to your doctor today, he or she will tell you its “Acid Reflux.” To get rid of that raw, burning sensation in your throat, you might reach for Mylanta, Tums, or another over-the-counter medication. Although there are only minor side effects associated with these drugs, they can interact with prescription drugs you’re taking. The next time you need soothing relief, why not try these homemade treatments for Acid Reflux instead?
Your stomach naturally contains powerful acids. They’re the chemicals that help digest foods, beverages, and medications that you eat and take orally. Your stomach has a lining that protects it from the acid. However, your throat doesn’t have this same protection. So, whenever the valve that keeps the acid inside your stomach fails to work properly, and the acid rises up into your throat, you get Acid Reflux.
If you wonder why the burning sensation can feel so painful, one of the acids that’s always present in your stomach is hydrochloric acid (HCl). Hydrochloric acid is used in many industrial applications, that’s how powerful it is. After you’ve eaten, your stomach churns out even more of this acid in order to complete the digestion process.
One of the best homemade treatments for Acid Reflux is plain old apple cider vinegar. Stir a teaspoon of vinegar into six ounces of tap water. Drink this mixture during a meal to help avoid getting an attack of Acid Reflux. Or, drink this apple cider vinegar/water mixture after a meal when you feel the burning sensation start. It’s not clear why one acid will help cancel out another acid, but the most important factor is, that it works.
Or, you can mix baking soda in tap water and drink it instead. Use a teaspoon of baking soda and an eight-ounce glass of water. Stir the soda in well, then drink the mixture down. The baking soda will neutralize the excess acid in your stomach and bring fast relief to your Acid Reflux.
Another homemade treatment for Acid Reflux is to try eating a banana at the first sign of the burning pain in your throat. Eat the banana slowly and avoid drinking any beverage for about an hour. This tropical fruit should bring you relief in just a short time.
Or, if you prefer, then eat a half cup of pineapple or drink the juice. Pineapple contains Bromelain which is a group of enzymes. These enzymes aid the digestive process and support healing. So you can see how the Bromelain in pineapple can help cure your Acid Reflux.
Along the same lines as eating certain fruits to ease the pain, eating the juice of a raw vegetable can also help you. The next time stomach acid gets into your throat, make yourself a homemade treatment that can’t be beat. Wash eight to ten red-skinned potatoes. Then, leave the skins on, but grate them. Place the grated potatoes in a piece of cheese cloth and squeeze the juice out well. Drink a half cup of the red potato juice as a treatment for Acid Reflux.
Raw potatoes and their juice is also beneficial if you suffer from stomach ulcers.
If you suffer from Acid Reflux occasionally, then these homemade treatments can probably help relieve the pain and burning sensation. However, if you suffer from Acid Reflux on a regular basis, consult your doctor for a professional consultation. Acid Reflux that’s left untreated can lead to more serious medical problems.