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Lizzie asks…

Natural remedies for acid reflux at 27 weeks pregnant?

So basically, for the past couple of nights my acid reflux has gotten really bad, especially at night. My mother-in-law gave me these licorice chews that really helped, but then I read online that eating too much licorice can cause pre-term birth and/or harm to the baby, so I got worried and stopped eating them. I’m trying to keep myself propped up in bed, lay on my left side, etc, but it’s not helping much. Any other suggestions for natural remedies? Occasionally I take tums, but I’m trying not to take too many.

vti answers:

I used to use honey but you need to make sure its not the raw kind

Sandra asks…

What can I do for my dog with acid reflux?

My dog has severe acid reflux. I’ve seen vet after vet who’ve all told me there is nothing they can do for her. Someone told me of a natural remedy (Active Manuka Honey). Has anyone ever heard of this, let alone tried it? If there’s any other remedies you’ve heard please let me know. Thank you!

vti answers:

Has your dog had an endoscope and an ultrasound done? My dog had the same thing and was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. He was on medication for a bit and it is now managed with special foods.

Thomas asks…

What are some good remedies for heartburn?

It’s primarily from very spicy food or drinking the night before.

I need my doctor to prescribe me something for my acid reflux, but in the meantime I am wondering what I can do now. Whether it be quick fixes, natural remedies, or over the counter medication.

I’ve tried drinking milk, pickle juice, and eating raw potatoes which all actually work fairly well.

vti answers:

Hi There,

Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
• Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
• Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
• Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
• Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
• Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
• Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
• Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

Try these simple techniques
– Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
– Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
– Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
– Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
– Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
– Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

Natural Remedies

Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

Hope all that helped

Good Luck!

Charles asks…

How can I soothe my acid reflux?

I have terrible acid reflux and an ulcer. I am always in discomfort. And night time is the absolute worst. I take medication but it doesn’t always work. I always crave cold thick frostys from Wendy’s to make the burning go away and lots of carbonated drinks. Obviously I can’t be doing that forever and it’s not healthy. What is a natural remedy to help my acid reflux?

vti answers:

You should try going on a liquid diet for a couple days, and hopefully it should help with the frequency of the reflux.

Something that’s good to soothe is milk, because it helps neutralise the acids in the stomach. Not only is it healthy, you should replace your daily drinks which might include coke, fizzy drinks or coffee (if you do have any of these) with the milk.
The only other drink i can think of is soda water (carbonated water) because it helps release the gases from your stomach.


Paul asks…

What are natural home remedies for acid reflux and heartburn?

Ihave been told to take ranitidine by my doctor, but I would prefer not to have to take another drug for the rest of my life. What are some effective natural remedies I could try?

vti answers:

I actually had some very severe heartburn a few months back. I tried everything, even most of the heartburn home remedies listed above. Cinnamon and water did not work. Baking soda didnt work. I even tried the can of beer, which made my heartburn even worse. I actually thought I was doomed and destined to never cure heartburn and live with it forever. My doctor had even told me that acid reflux is a lifetime condition and that there was no cure. I randomly came across and ad one day while trying to find some acid reflux home remedies online and came across this book, Heartburn No More. This book took the holistic approach and sounded very appealing. I had nothing to lose so I bought the book and followed the program to the tee. I was really blown away by the fact that in approx 20 days since I started applying the dietary and cleansing principals outlined in the book, my acid reflux was completely cured. The burning sensation, the chest pain, the bloating and the constant burping have completely disappeared. It really feels like magic. Im telling you, try Heartburn No More, you wont be disappointed.

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