July 11, 2011

Acid Reflux Throat Pain

There are ways to treat acid reflux throat pain without prescription medications or surgery. Here is a list of natural remedies that can be used to help relieve the pain and discomfort caused by acid reflux. As with any home remedy, you should check with your doctor before trying any of the following.

1. Saliva- Chewing sugar free gum or sucking on a hard candy can increase the amount of saliva your mouth makes, this extra saliva will help neutralize the acid in your stomach which could keep it from backing into your esophagus.
2. Water- Drinking large amounts of water at the first sign of acid reflux will help wash stomach acid back down the esophagus. You must take large drinks and drink quickly, sipping won't do.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar- Use either homemade or raw/all-natural vinegar. Take one tablespoon of vinegar before meals, making sure you shake thoroughly beforehand. You can add the vinegar to hot water, vegetables, or a light salad dressing to help mask the taste. It may take a few days to feel relief. Side effects may include upset stomach, worsening heartburn, or thinning of the blood.
4. Yellow Mustard- Swallow a teaspoon of plain yellow mustard when acid reflux starts. The mustard can be mixed with a small glass of water if desired.
5. Apples- Eating an apple at bedtime, after meals, or whenever acid reflux starts can give relief. Sweet apples are more effective than sour apples. Apple juice can also help if fresh apples aren't available.
6. Milk- Many people drink milk for reflux relief, however some believe milk can create more stomach acid. Milk may provide immediate relief, but shouldn't be counted on for a long term solution.
7. Ginger Root- Ginger root capsules can be taken immediately after meals.
8. Herbal Tea- Drinking herbal teas has helped some with acid reflux discomforts.
9. Avoid Trigger Foods- Eliminate foods from your diet that aggravate acid reflux. Spicy foods, acidic vegetables, citrus fruits, carbonated beverages, etc.
10. Mealtimes- Eating several smaller meals instead of three large ones can help keep the stomach from getting too full, and help keep acid from entering the esophagus.
11. Yoga- Some believe that yoga helps with digestion and can help alleviate symptoms of acid reflux. Certain poses that open up and lengthen the body could be helpful, however poses that compress the abdomen or place the head lower than the stomach may make reflux worse.
12. Sleep Positioning- Do not lay flat after eating, try to keep your upper body in an upright position. Prop yourself up with pillows in bed if you suffer from acid reflux at night.

Exploring one or more of the remedies listed above may prove to be all you need to find relief for throat pain. Monitoring what and when you eat can help you keep track of what triggers your acid reflux. With a few diet and lifestyle changes it may be possible to eliminate reflux completely.

Be sure to download the Reflux Remedy Report at www.refluxremedy.com for more information today.

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