Natural Ways to Relieve Heartburn and Acid Reflux

The term indigestion is often used-to describe heartburn in addition to the sensation of gas or bloating after eating, stomach pains, or a feeling of fullness in the abdomen. Medical terms used to describe indigestion include-functional dyspepsia (FD), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and non-ulcer dyspepsia (NUD).

These are among the most-common complaints in North America, and several review articles have concluded that “the efficacy of current medicines is limited at best.” The most popular medications are acid blockers, which work by preventing one of the body’s most important digestive processes, the secretion of hydrochloric acid (HCL) from the stomach.

Erroneous Lock

In the digestive process, gastric acid initiates the digestion of proteins, also ionizes minerals and other nutrients for better absorption. Without sufficient HCl secretion in the stomach, the pancreas does not receive a signal to secrete its digestive enzymes. But the creation and secretion of gastric acid are not just important for digestion. It also helps protect the body from invasions. Stomach secretions can neutralize bacteria, viruses, and fungi before they can cause gastrointestinal infection. So, you can see how much potential damage acid-blocking drugs can do.

The natural approach

With chronic indigestion, the rational approach focuses on aiding digestion rather than blocking the digestive process with antacids. However, indigestion can be attributed to many causes, including increased and decreased acid secretion. Most nutrition-related physicians believe that a lack of acid, and not excess acid, is the real culprit in many cases.

The first step is to eliminate the common causes of GERD / NUD, including overeating, obesity, coffee, tomatoes, citrus, chocolate, fried foods, carbonated beverages, tobacco, and alcohol. In many cases, simply removing or reducing these irritants is all that is needed to alleviate GERD / NUD. Other tips include:

  • Reducing portions at meals.
  • Chewing food thoroughly.
  • Eating leisurely in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Not eating within two-hours of going to bed.

HCl supplements can bring relief to many people. Normally, when heartburn, bloating, discomfort and gas appear 15-30 minutes after eating, the cause is a lack of HCl. If these symptoms appear after 45 minutes, it is usually a sign of a lack of pancreatic enzymes. Note that HCl in the stomach activates pancreatic enzyme secretion. So taking HCl can lead to better pancreatic enzyme release at times.

Digestive enzymes are the-most effective treatment for pancreatic insufficiency. I have found that the-best results occur with multienzymes from natural sources. They have a wider range of activity. Follow the instructions on the package leaflet for dosage.

More Natural Ways to Relieve Heartburn and Acid Reflux

There are many promising, but little-known, natural solutions for heartburn. The following are some that can offer help.

  1. Try a product with zinc and L-carnosine – this particular combination has been shown to protect and soothe the gastric mucous lining.
  2. Chew DGL Waffles – This specific form of herbal licorice effectively decreases acid reflux, heartburn, and even ulcers.
  3. Drink Aloe Vera Juice: The juice-of the aloe plant has a healing effect on the gastrointestinal tract.
  4. Drink chamomile tea after meals – It has been shown to help reduce esophageal irritation.
  5. Make chewy papaya enzymes your after-dinner “mint” – papaya enzymes naturally help quell digestive discomfort.
  6. Try cutting gluten out of your diet – some people find that their heartburn and acid reflux go away when they stop eating gluten.