Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux and Heartburn
However, heartburn is created by acid reflux. So when acid reflux is accompanied by tightness, pain, or discomfort in the middle of your chest, that’s described as heartburn.
Overtime, acid reflux and heartburn can cause complications and damage to your body. Besides tooth decay, stomach acid can also cause damage to your esophagus such as:
* Esophagitis – “Stomach acid irritates the lining of the esophagus, causing it to swell. This inflammation is called esophagitis, which can lead to painful swallowing.” 
* Esophageal Ulcers – “GERD is the top cause of ulcers, or sores in the lining of the esophagus. Symptoms include painful swallowing, nausea, and chest pain. Your doctor will prescribe medicine to control your GERD and treat the ulcer.” 
* Esophageal Stricture – “Over time, the damage caused by stomach acid can scar the lining of the esophagus. When this scar tissue builds up, it makes the esophagus narrow. Called strictures, these narrow spots make it hard to swallow food and drinks, which can lead to weight loss and dehydration.” 
* Barrett’s Esophagus – “About 5% to 10% of people with GERD develop this condition, where stomach acid causes precancerous changes in cells.”  However, out of that 5-10%, only 1% of those people will get esophageal cancer.
Besides using antacids, there are some easy, healthy, and natural remedies for acid reflux and heartburn that you can try.
1) Eat a banana every day
Eating a banana every day, approximately 20 minutes before eating a large meal, is one of the simplest natural remedies for acid reflux and heartburn.
This is mainly due to the fact that bananas act as natural antacids that reduce the acid levels in your stomach. Besides this, there are several other reasons that eating a banana is a good option to try:
* Bananas are rich in potassium which helps with digestion.
* They also coat the stomach lining.
* And bananas are excellent sources of minerals, vitamins (B6) and fiber that helps to strengthen the esophagus.
2) Lose Weight
“There’s a strong link between excess weight and acid reflux. Losing weight is one of the best lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce heartburn, as well as your risk for other health complications.
If you have GERD, make sure you stick with your treatment plan to avoid esophageal damage. Talk to your gastroenterologist if your condition fails to improve despite your best weight loss efforts.” 
3) Eat smaller meals, more frequently
Overeating can cause damage to the LES. The LES is the Lower Esophageal Sphincter and is at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach. Its primary function is to keep the contents of your stomach, in your stomach. When the LES is healthy, it protects the esophagus from stomach acid.
Besides damage to the LES caused by overeating, large meals also put excess pressure on it which makes it more difficult for the LES to protect the esophagus. Permanent damage can occur if this happens repeatedly. So keeping your meals small will help ensure your stomach isn’t overfilled and can prevent episodes of acid reflux.
4) Eat more of these foods:
* Green leafy vegetables
– Green Beans
* Lean Meats
* Whole Grain Rice
* Non-citrus fruits
5) Drink Gingerroot Tea
This natural remedy comes from EverydayRoots.com, “Gingerroot can help ease up a number of stomach woes, from nausea to acid reflux. Sipping a cup of fresh tea about 20 minutes before a meal can help calm down your tummy and act as an acid buffer.
You will need…
-3 quarter sized slices of gingerroot
-2 cups of water
Slice up 3 quarter sized pieces of gingerroot and simmer gently in 2 cups of water, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the ginger pieces, or leave them in, pour into a glass, and drink all of it about 20 minutes before a meal.” 
6) Avoid tight clothing around your stomach
Most people don’t think about it, but things that are cinched tightly around your stomach can worsen heartburn.
When you sit while wearing tight jeans, the waistband is going to sink into your stomach/abdomen region causing further discomfort and a higher chance of having acid reflux/heartburn.
7) Use a blend of essential oils
Apply this mixture to your breast bone in a clockwise motion using the palm of your hand.
Also, you can apply it to the reflex points on your feet.
If you’ve used natural remedies for acid reflux and heartburn, and have had good (or bad) results, please leave a comment!
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