Heartburn is rampant. It affects about 60 million Americans daily. It must be countless worldwide. Even children can be subject to it’s discomforts. Call it acid reflux, GERD, or heartburn, you still want some relief.
One must also have a good, light diet when suffering from this problem. Avoid food that has too many spices in it, as it could cause more irritation to the stomach. It is advisable to have light foods, preferably bland. One must also include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in his/her diet, when suffering from this problem, as it helps to flush out the extra acid from the body, and cools down the intestinal tract.
What would be more helpful, as an acid reflux diet, would be several smaller meals, made up primarily of dark leafy green vegetables and dark colored fruit. Plant foods like these contain a lot of healthy minerals that the body needs, especially if you’ve been suffering from acid reflux for a while. Body reserves are probably low and can be replenished with a diet like this.
It takes a lot of stomach acid to break down some foods. One solution is that you could try eating a larger breakfast and smaller dinners at night. This way you burn the needed energy while you are active during the day and you go to bed on an empty stomach at night because you ate a light dinner at around 6 p.m.
One of a popular natural remedy is apple cider vinegar. Did you know that most cases of heartburn are actually caused by too little acid in your stomach? This makes sense if you understand what is going on in your body. If your stomach isn’t producing enough acid to digest your food, then more food (and gas) will stay in your stomach for longer period of time without getting digested. However, apple cider vinegar tastes horrible so you can use water to dilute it and honey for a better taste. It is recommended that you use 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar daily to boost acid levels in your stomach. This will aid in food digestion in the stomach.
Papaya is a contains natural enzyme that helps break down food in your stomach and will help in the digestion process too. Not only that, papaya also helps against constipation as well. You can take them as juice or in slices, but if you happen to dislike papaya, supplements will work too. So if anyone ask how to cure acid reflux, just recommend them some papayas.
Your sleeping habits have also been shown to help and hinder your reflux. One old remedy for GERD that has been around for awhile has been to raise your bed while also sleeping on your side. Probably the easiest way to do this is to put a block of wood under the head of the bed.