We all know the feeling. Maybe it hits you after a delicious meal or surprises you when you are out enjoying a walk. Acid reflux can be a real nuisance, and it can be hard to find an easy solution. Luckily, we can turn to mother nature for some tasty and nourishing remedies that can help reduce the symptoms. Juices made from fruits and vegetables can be a great way to get relief from acid reflux. Not only are they delicious and refreshing, but they are also packed with vitamins and minerals that help keep your body healthy. Here, we’ve included some background on acid reflux, an overview of foods that exacerbate and relieve symptoms, and a natural anti-acid reflux juice recipe.
What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux is an unpleasant feeling. It happens when stomach acid leaks into the esophagus, causing the fiery, tightening sensation of heartburn. While the stomach can handle the low pH of the digestive juices, your esophageal lining is more delicate. There is a sphincter that normally separates the stomach and the esophagus, and it usually maintains the flow of one-way traffic. When acid reflux happens, that sphincter loosens and the stomach acid flows backward into the esophagus.
Aside from heartburn, acid reflux can also cause other intense physical reactions like nausea, coughing, burping, sore throat, and acid regurgitation. It’s safe to say that absolutely no one wants to experience acid reflux, and yet so many of us do!
What Causes Acid Reflux?
While flare-ups are unpredictable, they can be exacerbated by certain lifestyle choices. Specific types of foods and drinks can make it more likely. It may be easy to avoid too many fatty or fried foods, but other triggers include tomatoes, citrus and other acidic fruits, and spicy food. Coffee and alcohol are also both irritants that can increase the likelihood of acid reflux.
Besides food, other factors contribute to acid reflux. It’s more common in people who are obese and in those who smoke tobacco. Hormonal imbalances and anxiety also aggravate our digestion and can cause acid reflux. Additionally, some anti-inflammatory OTC medications can cause an overproduction of stomach acids and make acid reflux more likely to occur. Some people have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and chronically experience acid reflux due to a weakened lower esophageal sphincter.
Also, sleeping on the right side can aggravate heartburn symptoms. This is the case whether you have GERD or heartburn for another reason. Turn to your left side to relieve the discomfort.
Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux
While you can adjust your lifestyle to make it less likely to experience acid reflux, there’s always a chance it’ll pop up every now and again—it’s a part of human life. But when it does happen, you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are plenty of ways to treat the symptoms and reset your digestive tract.
There are over-the-counter medicines to provide some relief from acid reflux, but these are often full of non-natural ingredients and preservatives. Many plants offer the same neutralizing benefits as those pharmaceutical antiacids, and you can whip up a remedy from your own home. Here are some ingredients that can provide some comfort if you are experiencing acid reflux.
Non-Acidic Juices: Less acidic vegetable juices can be very nutritive and comforting when you experience acid reflux. For inspiration, turn to your root and stalk veggies (beets, carrots, celery, and aloe are all wholesome and soothing).
Plant-based Milk: Compared to dairy, plant-based milk is often lower in fat and less likely to aggravate acid reflux. However, try to find options that don’t use the additive carrageenan as it has been linked to bloating, IBS, and inflammation.
Herbal Teas: Herbs that offer digestive benefits can be soothing when you experience acid reflux. Just like with juices, avoid the more acidic ones and stick to herbs like licorice, marshmallow root, ginger, fennel, and chamomile. Licorice root is even used as a cough suppressant, so you can imagine how it could soothe the esophagus!
Water: The all-powerful hydrator! Dehydration can be a cause of acid reflux, so making sure you stay well-hydrated can help prevent flare-ups.
Natural Anti-Acid Reflux Juice Recipe
There are lots of great options for natural anti-acid reflux remedies, but this recipe is a staple. Carrot juice offers a vitamin-rich and low-acidity foundation that combines its anti-inflammatory benefits with those of aloe juice. Because of aloe’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it has been found to help relieve symptoms of GERD. Ginger is a natural digestive aid, so the powerhouse had to be included in our anti-acid reflux juice. We added powdered cinnamon and turmeric to the juice as well. Both spices have been used for centuries to treat stomach pain and aid in digestion. Mix it all together and you get a soothing and delicious drink to treat acid reflux.
Ingredients and materials
- 1 Carrot
- 1-inch piece of ginger
- 1 cup Aloe vera juice
- ¼ tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Turmeric
Step 1: Prepare ingredients. Wash the carrot and ginger pieces, then roughly chop them into about ½ inch chunks.
Step 2: Combine ingredients. Add the carrot and ginger into your blender, then pour in aloe juice.
Step 3: Sprinkle the cinnamon and turmeric on top. Blend ingredients until pulverized.
Step 4: Strain out the pulp. Place a small sieve over a glass and slowly pour the contents of the blender through the sieve. Use a spoon at the end to press the juice out of the carrot pulp. And there you have it.
Note: You don’t have to strain the juice if you want to take advantage of the fiber from the carrot and ginger. We strained it here to make a juice that is easy to digest and will provide the quickest relief for acid reflux. If you have a juicer, feel free to juice the carrots and ginger then mix in the aloe and spices. One or two glasses of juice should alleviate your acid reflux symptoms in no time.
It’s significant to remember that while many people have acid reflux, various people have varying responses to dietary modifications.
Finding what works best for you may need some trial and error, but by adopting healthy drinking practices and monitoring how different foods and beverages affect your body, you may lessen your reflux symptoms and enhance your quality of life.
Acid reflux is a common and uncomfortable condition that can be caused by certain lifestyle choices, such as consuming acidic or fatty foods, smoking, and obesity. Fortunately, natural remedies can help keep your stomach acid in your stomach! This recipe is nourishing, calming, and delicious. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!