If you suffer from GERD, more commonly known as acid reflux, you know that the symptoms that come with it, are insidious and troublesome. GERD is caused by stomach acid that travels into the esophagus.
But, there are ways in which GERD symptoms can be alleviated. Let’s look at one way these symptoms can be alleviated. By eating smaller and more frequent meals you can lessen the pressure on the lower esophagus; thus reducing the likely hood of reflux and its symptoms.
Another way to alleviate GERD symptoms is to elevate your head a few inches more when you sleep. By keeping your head higher than the stomach, there will be less pressure on the stomach and less pressure means less acid reflux.
Still, another way to lessen and alleviate GERD symptoms is to lose some weight. Being overweight puts pressure on the abdomen, which in turn, pushes the content of the stomach into the esophagus.
Several other small steps you can take that help alleviate GERD symptoms immediately are: eating smaller meals and eating them slowly and by drinking cool water during and after meals. The coolness in the water helps to neutralize the acids in the esophagus and helps keep the body's organs young and healthy.
In addition, keep your stress low whenever possible. Currently, there is not enough evidence that links stress to heartburn but stress can lead to behavior that is emotional and stressful. To alleviate stress in your life, cultivate ways to relax such as walking, listening to calming music, breathing exercises and just taking time for yourself.
In addition, apple cider vinegar and Aloe Vera help to alleviate GERD symptoms quickly and with ease. When taking apple cider vinegar, place 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into an 8oz glass of water. If you want to make the taste more pleasing, add some honey. And, this mixture has no side effects. When taking Aloe Vera to ease GERD, you need to consume ¼ cup of it 10-20 minutes before meals. Non-acidic fruit juice can be taken with it; but do not take any citrus fruits with Aloe Vera.
Also, ginger helps with GERD. Ginger can be taken as in tea, raw ginger or pickled ginger. It cures quickly and with no side effects. When preparing it as tea, peel and cut an inch of ginger and boil it in a cup of water. Add a bit of honey and it’s ready.
Still another method to alleviate GERD symptoms quickly is by chewing gum. Be sure to chew gum in between meals. Chewing gum helps because it creates a lot of saliva and this helps to wash down left over acids that accumulate in your throat and esophagus. When you chew gum, make sure not to chew mint flavored gum. Mints can bring acids that heighten GERD problems. And, drinking water dilutes stomach acids, which helps greatly in reducing heartburn.