Like slippery elm, marshmallow has soothing and demulcent properties. Being high in mucilage, it protects the mucosal lining of the stomach and esophagus.
- Add two tablespoons of dried marshmallow root to one quart (four cups) of water.
- Let it sit overnight.
- The next morning, strain out the herb.
- Drink this a few times a day until your condition improves.
Cumin seeds can help deal with acid reflux as they stimulate digestion and reduce digestive issues like acidity and gas.
- Boil one teaspoon of cumin seeds in a cup of water. Let it steep for five minutes and then strain it. Drink this tea in the morning and after meals for a few days or until you notice improvement.
- You can also add this spice to foods while cooking.
- Eating a Red Delicious apple or a few almonds after meals can help prevent the onset of acid reflux. In addition, include probiotic foods such as yogurt in your diet.
- Do not eat heavy meals, especially right before bedtime.
- Lose excess weight.
- Try to determine what triggers your acid reflux. Most common triggers are cigarette smoking; drinking alcohol, carbonated drinks or coffee; eating chocolate, citrus fruits, onions, garlic, and spicy, fried or fatty foods.
- Elevate the head of your bed by four to six inches to inhibit reflux while you are sleeping. Also, sleep on your left side. Studies indicate that sleeping on the right side may aggravate acid reflux problems.