Home remedies for acidity and gas problem
Most nutritional research is based on looking at diet, lifestyle and symptom correlation, rather than identifying which foods may actually cause acid reflux. If you’ve been suffering long-term and have severe symptoms, please see your healthcare professional to rule out other issues. Here are practical tips you can try at home to prevent and relieve the symptoms of heartburn, GERD and acid reflux and a few tips on what foods to avoid and what foods to eat to help the issues:
1. Avoid carminative herbs and teas
Herbal teas like mint and chamomile are usually seen as healing and soothing options for digestive discomfort, but they may actually cause the LES to relax. This can actually worsen the uncomfortable symptoms. Instead, opt for turmeric or ginger tea – one of the best foods to include in your diet to relieve the discomfort of acid reflux.
2. Elevate the head of your bed
For night-time sufferers, this is a well-known tip to ease acid reflux, gas and bloating. Try and raise the frame of your bed head rather than using multiple pillows. This can sometimes make the symptoms worse!
3. Keep a food diary
Foods that cause bloating and heartburn may contribute to acid reflux by increasing intra-abdominal pressure. Specific carbohydrates, or high FODMAP foods, may cause issues for some sufferers. These are different types of sugars that are fermented by bacteria in the gut which release gas, causing bloating. Keeping a food diary to note down ‘trigger foods’ can be useful and help to guide your doctor or a nutritionist if you’re seeking their help and support.
4. Reduce caffeine and spicy foods
Citrus, tomatoes and onions are common trigger foods for many and should be avoided by people who suffer from acid reflux and heartburn. Lay off these foods and see if you notice any positive changes.
5. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
Obviously, drinking excessively and smoking can make acid reflux, bloating, heartburn and flatulence worse. Nicotine in particular, may weaken the LES muscle.