Is there a natural cure for heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux?
And what about home remedies for GERD acid reflux? What helps acid reflux?
Effective GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) & LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) treatment IS possible, without the use of antacids and Proton Pump Inhibitors!
Can I guarantee that a natural cure will work for everyone? No. But most people have very significant improvements in their digestive function and dramatic reduction or elimination of their symptoms, largely as a result of lifestyle and dietary changes. Additionally, naturopathic medicine offers options for preventing complications of GERD & LPR or progression to esophageal (or laryngeal) cancer.
Effective acid reflux treatment will typically additionally employ targeted recommendations of strain specific probiotics, specially formulated multi-nutrient supplements that support normal function and healing of the stomach and esophagus’ lining, support for the nervous system component associated with GERD, and herbs that can effectively manage symptoms while you work towards normalizing function.
As for acid reflux home remedies or what is good for heartburn, people often ask about things like apple cider vinegar and baking soda.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has long been touted as a cure for just about everything. It has been recommended for GERD sufferers by those who say that GERD acid reflux is caused by low stomach acid. This is actually FALSE – a long held belief of mythic proportions amongst NDs, holistic practitioners of all stripes and perpetuated by the big bad blogosphere. GERD and acid reflux is NOT associated with low stomach acid (in my online program END ACID REFLUX I break down this myth and others in more detail). While ACV may have some health benefits, it is unlikely to cure GERD – and may make LPR worse.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), being alkaline, can neutralize acid. Some people may find that drinking 1/2 tsp of baking soda dissolved in 4-8oz of water provides quick (but temporary) relief from heartburn. Be warned: drink it slowly to avoid side effects like gas, bloating and diarrhea. Never use in children. Also, please take note that baking soda should NOT be used regularly or in multiple doses. Too much baking soda can make the body TOO alkaline, which can have side effects like stomach cramps, dehydration, impaired absorption of medications or nutrients and more. Less common, but more serious side effects are possible: blood in urine or stool, muscle spasms, difficulty breathing, seizures, severe headaches, edema (swelling), etc. There are a number of conditions and medications with which baking soda should be avoided. I urge you to avoid its use or check with your MD before considering it. The bottom line: baking soda may pose greater health risks, and is NOT a long term solution.
The Good News? I have some amazing Secret Weapons that I use with patients to curb symptoms of heartburn while we work on the healing & repair part. And they are not only effective, but SAFE too.