Acid Reflux and heartburn are both accompanied by burning sensations in the stomach, chest and behind the breast bone. If you are a common sufferer of heartburns, you know that it can be accompanied by bloating and gas along with a dreadful sensation of having an acidic or sour taste in the throat. Heartburn occurs when hydrochloric acid from the stomach is backed up in the esophagus. Normally, there’s a sphincter muscle called the esophageal sphincter located above the stomach that shuts it and prevents stomach acid from surging upward; however, if the sphincter isn’t working properly, stomach acid can slip through and up towards the esophagus causing the burning sensation many people are suffering from today called acid reflux.
Taking OTC medications can provide relief to many of the unpleasant side effects of acid reflux; however, what most people do not know is that many of these antacid medications contain an excessive amount of minerals that alter the pH of your gut and can severely deplete you of all your nutrients. Further than just altering the pH of your gut, prolonged use of antacid medications can also lead to heart disease, increase risk of cancer, high blood pressure and even hair loss.
…what most people do not know is that many [OTC] antacid medications contain an excessive amount of minerals that alter the pH of your gut and can severely deplete you of all your nutrients
So, what if you are someone that continuously battles acid reflux and need a solution that doesn’t involve antacid medications?
Pharmacy Solutions has options!
- The first natural remedy for acid reflux and heartburn is taking apple cider vinegar. This home remedy is thought to neutralize stomach acid especially in individuals who are taking antacid medications which can reduce stomach acid to very low levels. Not only can apple cider vinegar help with acid reflux, but it is also a natural remedy to help lower glucose levels and can improve digestion. If you have difficulty drinking apple cider vinegar you can always find them in a tablet form, as well as Goli – Apple Cider Vinegar gummies which we sell here at Pharmacy Solutions.
- Vitamin B-12 is very important when it comes to the formation of red blood cells as well as proper functioning of the heart and nerve tissues. Medications helping acid reflux or even just having acid reflux in general can damage your nerves and can cause other health problems due to vitamin B-12 deficiency, so if you’re regularly taking antacid medications taking a daily Vitamin B-12 can help control arising health problems.
- If you are continuously experiencing heartburn, it is possible that there could be underlying digestive issues accompanied. Taking a papaya tablet or supplement could help with digestion and heartburns. Papaya enzymes help break down food proteins into simpler amino acids which are easier to digest which can aid in digestion and improved stomach acid production. It is theorized that the digestive enzymes abundant in papain can lead to decreased acid reflux symptoms by lessening the body’s digestive workload.
- If you are experiencing regular acid reflux, it is recommended that you eat more vegetables and avoid spicy or highly seasoned foods, and acidic foods such as citrus fruits and juices and of course maintain a healthy lifestyle with exercise.
If you have further questions about how to reduce acid reflux, call Pharmacy Solutions so we may help you better!