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How to Cure Hyperacidity Naturally



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How to Cure Hyperacidity Naturally

Four Methods :
Effective Treatments
Possibly Effective Treatments
Understanding and Treating Hyperacidity with Medication

Hyperacidity goes by several names : heartburn, GERD (GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease) and acid reflux disease. These are all essentially the same problem and reflect the difference between occasional hyperacidity (eg. after a heavy meal) or a chronic and long-term problem. Whatever name is used, this is an uncomfortable problem that can be treated relatively easily. Always speak with your doctor before starting any herbal treatment, especially if you are pregnant or nursing.

Method 1
Effective Treatments

    Avoid food and beverage triggers. You may want to track of foods and beverages that cause you any problems. Write down the foods you eat and see how you feel about 1 hour of eating. If the food you ate an hour ago is bothering you, you should eliminate that from your diet. Commonly reported hyperacidity triggers include:
        Citrus fruit
        Caffeinated beverages
        Garlic, onions
        Note: Most of these foods have not been studied enough to make a definitive claim. It's more important to find out what triggers your symptoms than to avoid this exact list.

    Raise the head of your bed if symptoms interfere with sleep. If your bed allows for it, raise the head of it by 6 to 8 inches. Gravity will keep the acid in your stomach. Don't just pile up pillows, though. These tend to bend your neck and body in such a way that increases the pressure. It will make the hyperacidity worse.

    Consider losing weight. Losing weight may reduce some of the pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter, keeping stomach acid from leaking through.

    Eat smaller meals. Decrease the amount of food you eat at any one time. This may reduce the amount of stress and pressure on your stomach.

    Eat slowly. This helps your stomach digest food more easily and quickly, leaving less food in the stomach adding pressure on the LES.

    Check that your stomach isn’t under undue pressure. Pressure will increase the discomfort of hyperacidity. You can experience excess pressure because of hiatal hernias (when the upper part of the stomach moves above the diaphragm), pregnancy, constipation, or being overweight.
        Don't wear clothes that constrict your stomach or abdomen.

Method 2
Possibly Effective Treatments

    Eat an apple. Many people with hyperacidity settle their stomach by eating an apple. Apples are generally safe for this condition, so why not give the wisdom of the crowd a go? Just remember this is anecdotal evidence, and claims about apples having antacid properties are completely false.

    Drink ginger tea. While there's no solid evidence behind its use as a hyperacidity treatment, ginger does seem to soothe the stomach. Either get ginger tea bags, or better yet, cut up about 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger, add boiling water, steep for about 5 minutes and drink. Do this anytime during the day, but especially about 20-30 minutes before meals.
        Ginger can also help with nausea and vomiting. Ginger tea is considered safe for pregnant women.

    Adjust meal habits. Although not definite, many specialists believe that late night eating can make symptoms worse. Don't eat for 2-3 hours before bedtime to reduce the risk of food putting pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) as you sleep.

    Avoid stress. Based on early research, stress makes reflux symptoms feel subjectively worse, but does not affect the objective condition. For your own comfort, identify situations that you find stressful and exhausting. Find ways to avoid those situations or prepare for them with various relaxing techniques.
        Start incorporating meditation, yoga, or just regular naps into your daily routine. You could also try deep breathing, acupuncture, getting a massage, taking a warm bath, or even saying a series of simple, affirmative statements in front of the mirror.

    Try herbal treatments if you have related bowel conditions. None of these are proven treatments. However, if your hyperacidity symptoms are related to ulcerative colitis or bowel inflammation, there's a little evidence that these could help. Do not rely on these as your main treatment.
        Drink 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice. You can drink this throughout the day, but don't drink more than 1 to 2 cups a day. Aloe vera can act as a laxative.
        Drink fennel tea. Crush about a teaspoon of fennel seeds and add a cup of boiled water. Add honey to taste and drink 2-3 cups a day about 20 minutes before meals. Fennel helps settle the stomach and decreases the acid levels.
        Take slippery elm. Slippery elm can be taken as a drink or as a tablet. As a liquid, you'll want to drink about 3 to 4 ounces. As a tablet, follow the manufacturer's instructions. Slippery elm is known to soothe and coat irritated tissues.
        Take DGL tablets. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice root (DGL) comes in chewable tablets. The taste might take some getting use to. But, it works very well to heal the stomach and control hyperacidity. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for dosage. You'll usually take 2 to 3 tablets every 4-6 hours.

    Take a probiotic supplement. Probiotics are mixtures of "good" bacteria normally found in your gut. They may include a yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii or cultures of lactobacillus and/or bifidobacterium, all naturally found in your intestines. While studies so far show generally improved bowel health, it's not yet possible to make specific claims.
        For the simplest way to get your probiotics, eat yogurt with "active cultures".

Method 3

    Understand that smoking does not worsen symptoms. Tobacco was once thought to make acid reflux symptoms worse. However, three studies so far have shown no improvement after patients quit smoking.

    Don't rely on mustard. There is no evidence that mustard helps with this problem.

    Never take baking soda for heartburn. Doctors do not recommend this treatment but you may try once if you are OK with baking soda.

    Use caution with heel drop exercises. The "heel drop" treatment is a chiropractic technique not based on scientific evidence, though there is some anecdotal evidence that it can help. Discuss all exercises with your physician first.

Method 4
Understanding and Treating Hyperacidity with Medication

    Know the symptoms. Before starting remedies for hyperacidity, be sure that that’s what you’re really experiencing. Symptoms of hyperacidity include:
        A sour taste in the mouth
        Dark or black stools (from internal bleeding)
        Burping or hiccups that won’t stop
        Dry cough
        Dysphagia (a narrowed esophagus that feels as if there is food stuck in your throat)

    Consider using medications. If you experience chronic hyperacidity, are pregnant or nursing, or otherwise have any concerns, see your doctor. If you've tried treating your hyperacidity naturally, but aren't feeling relief, you may want to try medication. Medication can decrease the amount of acid in your stomach. Untreated or long-term hyperacidity can cause esophagitis, esophageal bleeding, ulcers, and a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, which can increase your risk for esophageal cancer.
        If you are taking medications that may be causing your hyperacidity, call your physician to discuss dosage or medication adjustment.

    Take antacids. These are available over-the-counter (OTC) and neutralize the acid. Antacids usually give short-term relief. If you still need antacids after two weeks, you should call your physician. Long-term use of antacids can affect mineral balance, affect the kidneys and cause diarrhea.
        Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and don’t overdo it. Even antacids, if overdone, can cause some problems.

    Use H2 blockers. These reduce the stomach’s secretion of acid. H2 blockers include cimetidine (Tagamet), famotidine (Pepcid) and ranitidine (Zantac). They're available in lower doses OTC or your physician can prescribe higher doses. If you are using OTC H2 blockers, follow manufacturer’s instructions. Side effects of H2 blockers include:
        Nausea or vomiting.
        Problems with urination.

    Try Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). They also block acid production by the stomach. Examples of PPIs include esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), rabeprazole (Aciphex), dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) and omeprazole/ sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid).[28] If you are using OTC PPIs, follow manufacturer’s instructions. Side effects of PPIs include:
        Abdominal pain

Community Q&A

    What can I do if my spouse is suffering from hyperacidity and medication has not helped?

    First you need to find underlying issue. Try to see if what (which food, exercise, habit) triggers acidity. Coconut water (which you extract from coconut, not from packaged product) gives instant relief. Drink a lot of water, not eating before bed time, and cut out all sugary products.

    My wife is suffering from hyperacidity and now is in pain and vomiting. What should I do to cure this?

    Give her domperidone and make her sit upright. It's better if she vomits so that all acid comes out. It will relieve her of pain. Consult her doctor for the type of anti-ulcer medication to be given. If possible, put her on bland diet.

    What about dairy products? Are they something to avoid?

    Avoid sour curd over which bacteria has over reacted. Drink milk in small sips. Butter is better if taken with toast. Processed cheese should be avoided.

    My mother is having acidity problems with dry vomiting, what remedies should I give her?

    Pantoprazole with Domperidone tablets are best for this kind of problem. Pantoprazole is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI). It works by blocking the excessive acid production in the stomach. Domperidone is used to reduce the vomiting tendency. Ask your pharmacist about these. If this medication does not solve the problem, then consult your doctor.

    What should I do if my chest feels very heavy and it becomes hard to breathe?

    Pressure in your chest may be a symptom of angina or heart attack. Shortness of breath is also associated with it. Some people think they are experiencing acid reflux but are actually having a heart attack. This is especially common in women, diabetics, and the elderly. Always err on the side of caution and talk to your doctor.

    Are there bad effects if I suffer with hyperacidity while pregnant?

    Hyperacidity is common in pregnancy, but while it is uncomfortable, it won't harm your baby as long as you are eating nutritious meals. Talk to your doctor about a safe way to treat hyperacidity in pregnancy - in the meantime, try ginger tea.

    When I have water in early morning it causes sour vomiting. What should I do?

    See your doctor for advice.

    Will these methods work for my child who has hyperacidity?

    With children, it is best to talk to your pediatrician about possible treatment.


    Medications to strengthen your lower esophageal sphincter are available. These include: bethanechol (Urecholine) and metoclopramide (Reglan). Speak to your physician about these medications.


    Untreated or long-term hyperacidity can result in esophagitis, esophageal bleeding, ulcers, and a condition called Barrett’s esophagus that can lead to an increased risk of esophageal cancer.
    Long-term use of PPIs are associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis-related fractures of the hip, wrist or spine.

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