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If you are one of those suffering from reflux or heartburn, and  popping Prilosec or an over-the-counter antacid such as Tums or Rolaids, you may want to try letting your own body balance your pH and stomach acid for indigestion relief. Over time, the medications meant to suppress stomach acid, acid reflux, and heartburn, actually can do more damage and become habit-forming.
Here are some natural alternatives for indigestion, heartburn and possibly GERD:
Natural alternatives for indigestion, heartburn and possibly GERD Relief
  • Emphasize whole foods, limit processed foods
  • Rule out food allergies and intolerances
  • Rule out specific irritants: a variety of foods can cause or worsen indigestion by irritating the esophageal lining or relax the esophageal sphincter.
  • Fats: focus on healthy clean fats, such as coconut, grass fed meats, extra virgin olive oil, avocados, wild cold-water fish, nuts and seeds.
  • Avoid deep-fried foods and damaged fats.
  • Consume coconut and coconut oil: the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of coconut oil apparently play a role in soothing inflammation and healing injury in the digestive tract.
  • Limit or eliminate white flour and white sugar.
  • Consume whole grains, legumes and nuts which are soaked or sprouted – soaking begins germination which increases the enzymatic activity in foods as well as inactivates substances called enzyme inhibitors which hinder optimal digestion and absorption.
  • Eat foods that encourage good bacteria proliferation- these include kefir and sauerkraut, and take a probiotic supplement at bed time and more frequently as needed.
  • Eat when relaxed, and eat slowly, chewing food completely.
  • Eat small frequent meals to prevent excess pressure on the esophagus.
  • Don’t eat close to bedtime.
  • Lose weight
  • Manage your stress.
  • Drink plenty of clean filtered water, staying hydrated throughout the day.
  • Eat more raw foods for natural enzyme content.
  • Take digestive enzymes.
  • Lie down on left side which keeps stomach below the esophagus.
  • Elevate the head of bed.
  • Eat more fiber – heartburn is rarely seen in those who consume high fiber diets.
  • Chiropractic and/or cranial-sacral adjustments – which can correct misalignment in LES/stomach area.
  • Diaphragmatic breathing exercises which can strengthen LES muscles.
  • Identify possible hypochlorhydria – often symptoms of excess stomach acid are the same as insufficient stomach acid.
  • Take anti-inflammatory herbs – calendula, fenugreek, turmeric, deglycyrrhizinated licorice root (DGL), aloe juice.
  • Demulcent herbs which help coat the mucus linings and help to build more mucus – marshmallow root, slippery elm, aloe juice, DGL.