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GERD (aka: acid reflux disease, aka: heartburn) is a real pain in the ass … err … stomach. Unlike icing on a cake, heartburn has you spending the next hour clutching your chest in a horrible burning discomfort after a delicious pizza or juicy steak. While most will tell you to stay away from such offending foods – good news! We’re here to tell you otherwise. The following tips will relieve you of your next heartburn attack, and allow you to continue to eat what you love, without having to pay painfully for it after.
Hey, no one said this was going to be easy. If you want to keep eating that pizza or chocolate cake, you’re going to need to loose some weight. Shedding just 10 percent of your body fat can drastically improve your heartburn symptoms.
Ok, ok, we promised you that you can eat your favorite dishes. But here’s the caveat: NOT ALL THE TIME! You’ll need to tone it down and balance out your diet by getting rid of the excess caffeine and fatty foods that burn up your esophagus.
Eat Raw Almonds
Wouldn’t you know it, but eating raw almonds is an alkaline-producing food. Alkaline is what coats the lining of your intestines, reducing the burn you get from acid reflux causing foods. Plus, they’re a great source of calcium.
Aloe Vera Juice
Pepto-Bismol or aloe vera juice? One you have to go to the pharmacy for, the other, grocery store. One’s gonna cost you dollars per ounce, the other, quarters. One tastes like medicine, the other, refreshing juice. You decide which one you want to take to cure your heartburn, as both work equally well.
Warm Water With Lemon
Many naturopaths swear by starting your day with a large cup of warm water with lemon for an assortment of reasons. And one of those reasons is that it’s great acid reflux prevention. What happens when you drink lemon water first thing in the morning is that it automatically balances out your acid levels – putting you back at even.
Ok, so you forgot to buy the Pepto and your grocery store is out of aloe vera juice. No problem. You’ve probably got some baking soda on hand. Just take a tablespoon full and mix it in a half-cup of water. It won’t taste great – but it works.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Alright, you prefer something that tastes great and you’re still out of Pepto and aloe. Try apple cider vinegar instead. Every grocery store has some, and it’s extremely effective at relieving the symptoms of acid reflux.
Yes, we don’t know how to say Saccharomyces boulardii either. So write it down on paper and take it with you to your local health food store. It’s a probiotics supplement that is specifically designed to optimize digestion, which is key to preventing heartburn.
Chewing a piece of gum after a meal produces more saliva, which as research has shown, will reduce the levels of acid in your esophagus. A real win-win as it freshens your breath after that meal too.
Sleep On Your Left Side
Are you stomach or right side sleeper? You may want to stop that. Sleeping this way only makes your heartburn symptoms worse. Lay flat on your back, or if you must, sleep on your left side instead.