Let’s be real – while reaching for acid reflux medicine is our instinctive response to that burning sensation, sometimes the heart (or stomach) just wants something a little more…homemade. And just like your grandma’s secret chocolate chip cookie recipe, there are tons of acid reflux home remedies that have been passed down from generation to generation. Ready for a quick tour?
1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):
Ah, good ol’ ACV. With its tartness and acidic nature, you’d think it’s the last thing you’d want. But surprise! A tablespoon of this magic liquid in a glass of water can balance stomach acid and aid digestion. It’s the yin to acid reflux’s yang.
2. Ginger Tea:
Think of ginger as your stomach’s best friend. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and can help reduce the production of stomach acid. Making a gentle tea with freshly sliced ginger can be your soothing evening ritual.
3. Baking Soda:
Who knew this kitchen staple could come to the rescue? Just half a teaspoon in a glass of water acts as a natural antacid. Caution: it’s salty! Not the most gourmet drink, but hey, if it works, it works.
4. Aloe Vera:
Not just for sunburns! Drinking aloe vera juice (ensure it’s the type suitable for consumption) can calm down an angry stomach lining and reduce inflammation. Just maybe skip this if you’re about to head out – it can have some, um, laxative effects.
5. Chewing Gum:
Okay, not the most ‘home remedy-ish’ of the lot, but it’s super cool. Chewing gum boosts saliva production, which can help wash away acid. Opt for the non-minty flavors though; mint can be a trigger for some!
6. Eat Bananas:
These yellow wonders are natural antacids. Having one daily can act as a protective shield against acid surges.