Acid-reflux disease can be an occasional occurrence or a chronic condition, in which you may experience frequent bouts of heartburn, nausea, coughing and regurgitation. Numerous medications (prescription and over-the-counter) are available to decrease acid production and stop symptoms. But if you prefer home remedies, there are plenty of ways to ease acid reflux and prevent damage to the esophagus.
Acid reflux is directly related to diet and eating habits. And oftentimes, simple changes are enough to reduce or completely stop symptoms. Home remedies include recognizing foods and beverages that cause symptoms such as caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, fatty foods, spicy foods, chocolate and peppermints. Controlling your symptoms may encompass forgoing your favorite drinks and meals. However, dietary changes are crucial because chronic acid-reflux disease can cause a host of other problems, such as erosion of the esophagus and certain cancers (oral, throat and esophageal).
Healthy Body Weight
Overeating and carrying extra pounds is another acid-reflux trigger. Excess body fat increases pressure or tension in the abdomen. Pressure forces stomach acid out of the abdomen and up the esophagus; and this response brings on symptoms such as coughing, heartburn and vomiting. Lose weight to manage your acid reflux. Modify your diet (reduce fat content and limit consumption of refined carbs), and look for ways to integrate activity or exercise into your normal routine. Play sports, start exercising, ride a bike or walk around the block.
Because acid-reflux symptoms tend to become bothersome while lying down, some sufferers attempt to manage symptoms by sleeping with multiple pillows to elevate their head. While elevation is key to controlling symptoms and keeping acid in the stomach, pillows are ineffective, and you’ll need to place something such as a wood or cement block under the front bedposts to raise the bed by 6″-to-9.” Along with this technique, staying in a standing or upright position after meals may stop symptoms of reflux disease.