Do you suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)? Not sure? Well here are the symptoms:
- Dry cough
- Chest pain
- A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), sometimes spreading to your throat, along with a sour taste in your mouth
- Regurgitation of food or sour liquid (acid reflux)
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Sensation of a lump in your throat
- Hoarseness or sore throat
If you suffer from one or more these symptoms on a regular basis, you are suffering from GERD. Statistics show 60% of the adults will experience GERD symptoms at some point. Of those, 20% to 30% adults will experience symptoms on a weekly basis. Overall, in the U.S. over 7 million people will experience symptoms of GERD. So if you are one of these people, realize that you do not have to live with GERD. As a matter of fact, you can relieve your GERD symptoms with these 3 natural remedies.
A tablespoon of baking soda
Baking soda is much more than something you use to bake cookies. A natural remedy that has been utilized for centuries, baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) works well against GERD. Baking soda helps breakdown acid build-up within your stomach; therefore alleviating you of heartburn and acid reflux. When alleviate GERD, need 1/2 teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of fresh water. Stir it good and drink the mixture. Repeat as needed but do not exceed 7 ½ teaspoons within a day. Also, avoid using this remedy for past 1 week. Baking soda is very salty; therefore, could cause side effects such as nausea and swelling.
Who knew chewing gum can do more than temporary mask bad breath? A studied showed that people who suffered from GERD or chronic heartburn experienced relieve of their symptoms when they chewed sugar-free gum 30 minutes after eating a meal. Chewing gum helps breakdown stomach acid by stimulating the saliva glands; therefore, increasing the amount of saliva. Saliva is one of the main substances the body uses to dissolve food particles. For this remedy to work, 30 minutes after each meal, chew sugar-free gum.
Sleep with your back flat and chin up
Sleeping like an infant is bad for your stomach health. When you sleep on your stomach, it makes it harder for your body to breakdown food due to gravity; therefore, the digested contents of your stomach get clogged up into your esophagus, along with acid. To relieve this issue, sleep flat on your back flat and chin up. Also, do not eat 3 to 4 hours prior to bedtime. Eating too close to bedtime makes the stomach muscles work harder to breakdown food.
By following these 3 natural home remedies, you will be relieved of your GERD symptoms.