Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux
I know what you're thinking, why not just take an over the counter medication. I've tried those, I also spent quite a while on prescription medications, but my body decided it couldn't tolerate them.
My acid reflux inducer
Surprised? I was. No, not by the chocolate and caffeine, and certainly not by tomato sauces. I was, however, shocked by the potatoes. And I'll tell you, that little discovery was a God thing. Since my acid reflux was so bad, and I had this little voice in the back of my head telling me that prolonged Gerd can cause cancer, I had decided to eat nothing but potatoes. They're bland, right? So I shouldn't have had a problem. Boy, was I wrong. And if I thought my acid reflux had been bad before, the potatoes brought it to a whole different level, or two, or three. I can honestly understand how people can mistake acid reflux for a heart attack. It felt as if my chest was ripping apart. Turns out I'm allergic to white potatoes, and tomatoes, and I guess you can say all the other nightshade plants.
My acid reflux relief
apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 8oz of water
As you can probably imagine, if you even like sauerkraut, it can only be tolerated for a short time. Ginger works, but it's not as effective as the apple cider vinegar. The baking soda water takes a while getting use to, and it doesn't always last as long with the severe cases, but it's great for your alkaline once you do. The absolute best thing I've found for relief is eating or fresh juicing an apple. Fuji apples work the best, followed by Pink Lady. I think the juicier they are the better.
You know the old saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well, I'm finding there is some great truth to it, and not just for treating acid reflux, but that's another blog for another day.
What are some of your favorite natural remedies?