Cure for Acid Reflux


Acid reflux, also known as GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) or GORD (Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease) refers to a condition caused by mucosal damage to the esophagus lining due to acid rising up into the esophagus from the stomach. It’s a condition that’s caused by the cardiac sphincter “over-relaxation” or hiatal hernia damage. Some of the predisposing factors of acid reflux include:

  • Obesity.
  • Visceroptosis, whereby the stomach is much sunk into the abdomen disturbing stomach’s acid secretion.
  • Systemic sclerosis.
  • Some medications like prednisolone.
  • Hiatal hernia mechanical motility.

Symptoms associated with acid reflux vary among ages with adults experiencing heartburns, regurgitations, pain when swallowing food, increased salivation, chest pains and nausea. In children, the condition is manifested by repeated vomiting, coughing, belching, effortless spitting up, crying for food and then refusing to eat after the first few bites among others.

If the condition is not checked, it may lead to scarring, hemorrhage, ulcerations or inflammation of the esophagus. Preventive measures include:

  • Losing weight since with increased weight, more pressure is added to the stomach leading to acidic content rising up into the esophagus.
  • Avoiding acid rich foods.
  • Minimize on food products that trigger heart burns symptoms e.g. nicotine, caffeine and alcohol.
  • Consume smaller meals to avoid over-secretion of acid by the stomach. Similarly, avoid eating and then going to bed immediately.

Cure for acid reflux can be from medications to natural/home remedies. Medications used are mostly acid-suppression drugs. Some of the medications used include:

Proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole, omeprazole, rabeprazole, pantaprazole and lansoprazole that are efficient in minimizing secretion of gastric acid.

Antacids may be used before eating or whenever symptoms start showing up.
Alginic acid coats the mucosa lining as well as increases pH, thereby preventing the effects of the reflux to the lining and neutralizing rising acidity.

Gastric H2 receptor blockers like cimetidine, ranitidine and famotidine also minimize gastric acid secretion.

Baclofen has been demonstrated to minimize lower esophageal sphincter relaxation hence preventing acid reflux.

Sucralfate helps in healing and preventing damage to the esophagus due to acid reflux.

Prokinetics is a technique used to enhance the strength of the cardiac sphincter as well as enhance gastric emptying, thus minimizing the chances of the reflux occurring as well as the associated effects.

A cure for acid reflux can also be administered using surgical means whereby the cardiac sphincter is strengthened by wrapping the upper part of the stomach around it so as to prevent the acid reflux and repair the hiatal hernia as well. On the other hand, home remedies also work and include the following;

Apple Cider Vinegar: A tablespoon of the vinegar mixed with 4 ounces of pure water taken before a meal helps with digestion as well as with acute incidences of acid reflux.

Baking soda is a bicarbonate that will react with the acid in the stomach. However, caution should be taken for people on sodium restricted diets or with high blood pressure.

Aloe Vera gas been used to assist in digestion, treat upset stomach as well as diarrhea. It’s also an important home remedy for acid reflux.

Herbal Licorice coats the stomach and esophagus with a natural protective gel that will protect it against the excess acidity.

Digestive enzymes will also help in curing acid reflux. Naturally, enzymes are abundantly present in raw foods. Cooking food excessively destroys these enzymes. Its, therefore, advisable to cook food efficiently to maintain the nutritional value as well as the enzymes content.


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