January 7, 2010

Home Remedies For Stomach Acid Relief

Posted in Category : Common Ailments

Stomach acid causes acid reflux or reflux, a condition in which, the contents of the stomach that includes stomach acid, slip into the throat through the esophageal sphincter. The sphincter is like a valve which prevents food in the stomach from going back into the throat. However, this does happen sometime and reflux can cause a burning sensation.

Home Remedies to Treat Stomach Acid and Reflux

  • You might buy over-the-counter medicines that can stop the formation of stomach acid.
  • There are medicines known as proton pump inhibitors that can reduce the stomach acid.
  • An antacid in liquid form or tablet form can cool the burning sensation. You will have to take the medicine every few hours, however you need to be careful about the dosages as too much of it can lead to diarrhoea or constipation.
  • You will have to take an antacid before going to bed.
  • You head should be in an elevated position while you sleep. This protects your esophagus.
  • As tempting as it might be, you will have to forgo your post-meal snooze. Lying down with your stomach full of food can be dangerous in terms of stomach acid.
  • Keep a lot of time gap between your dinnertime and bedtime. Eat your dinner well in advance so that the stomach gets at least has three hours to digest the contents. During that time you need to stay upright.
  • You will also need to loose abdominal fat as rolls of fat on the stomach can cause stomach acid and reflux more frequently.
  • Avoid smoking, as nicotine can irritate the esophageal sphincter.
  • Drinking de-caffeinated beverages like caffeine can relax the sphincter.
  • Stress can lead to acid reflux too. So try to relax with yoga and meditation. Or, just try some deep breathing exercises to relax your body.
  • Reduce the amount of soda that your drink as the carbon dioxide can cause the stomach to distend and push the stomach contents into the esophagus.
  • Chewing a few blanched almonds during the acid reflux is known to bring relief.
  • A mixture of water and baking soda is known to bring relief. However, check with health specialist before you do this. And if you have been suffering from cramps or nausea because of overeating, then do not use this remedy.
  • Brown rice, eaten plain or with a bit of sugar is known to bring relief. It is a complex carbohydrate and the blandness does not cause stomach acid.