Try These Natural GERD Remedies If You're Experiencing Heartburn
Have heartburn? You might want to stay away from over-the-counter medications like Prilosec or Prevacid. They've been linked with causing kidney problems. Try these holistically healthy remedies for heartburn and see if they help.
Have you ever felt a burning sensation in your throat or somewhere near your chest? You could be experiencing heartburn. Heartburn is a symptom of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), which affects 60 percent of adults every year. But only 20 to 30 percent of adults have GERD weekly. If you experience GERD often, it can lead to complications like esophageal cancer, laryngitis, and even erosion of your teeth enamel. GERD can also cause difficulty sleeping and can affect your productivity during the day.
If you're experiencing mild to moderate heartburn, your doctor may prescribe over-the-counter medications like Prilosec and Prevacid. More than likely, your doctor will advise you to take these medications daily for a long period of time. But the longer you take any medication, the higher your chances are of experiencing side effects associated with that medication. Prilosec and Prevacid have been linked with causing chronic kidney problems – and in some cases, renal failure.
Instead of taking heartburn pharmaceuticals, ask your doctor if you can try these holistically healthy remedies first to see if they make your symptoms go away. If they can't completely treat your GERD, then you can fall back to your doctor's prescription:
Lose weight. Experts found that being overweight or obese can increase the frequency of your GERD symptoms. Losing weight can lessen the severity and frequency of your heartburn (and other GERD symptoms) and may even make your GERD disappear completely!
Peppermint oil, licorice root, milk thistle, turmeric. Healthline says that peppermint oil, milk thistle, turmeric, licorice root, and some other herbs can improve your GERD symptoms. They have been found to soothe indigestion and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger. Researchers found that ginger can help prevent vomiting and nausea, which are both symptoms of GERD. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties that have been found to alleviate arthritis and other types of joint pain. It's also been found to help prevent and treat cancer by slowing tumor growth and causing cancer cells to explode. Ginger has also been found to heal lesions in blood vessels of mice with heart disease, and lower blood cholesterol levels.
Melatonin. Melatonin is produced naturally by your brain to help you sleep at night. There's evidence that taking melatonin supplements lowers the frequency and severity of GERD symptoms. Taking melatonin supplements will also help you sleep better at night.
If you have GERD, take care when taking heartburn medications like Prevacid and Prilosec because they can cause kidney problems. Ask your doctor about trying natural remedies first to see if they can completely treat your GERD. These natural remedies also protect your body from many other diseases.