There are various ways to treat stomach acid that you can do at home. This method is quite easy and is believed to be effective in dealing with various symptoms caused by acid reflux disease, such as nausea and heartburn.
Gastric acid can rise into the esophagus because the valve between the esophagus and stomach is weakened or damaged. This condition is called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
When you have acid reflux, you can experience several symptoms, such as chest pain or heartburn, difficulty swallowing, mouth feeling sour or bitter, nausea and vomiting, and lack of appetite.
The exact cause of the weakening of the valve between the lower esophagus and the stomach is not certain. However, there are several things that can increase a person’s risk of developing GERD, including:
- Certain medical conditions, such as inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis), inflammation of the stomach (gastritis), and slowed movement of the stomach (gastroparesis)
- Congenital disorders in the stomach, such as hiatal hernia and gastroschisis
- Being overweight or obese
- H. pylori bacterial infection
- Smoking habits and frequent exposure to cigarette smoke
- The side effects of certain medications, such as aspirin
- Excessive consumption of certain foods and drinks, such as fatty foods, chocolate, coffee, and alcoholic beverages.
Treating Stomach Acid at Home
Generally, stomach acid disease that is mild can still be handled alone at home. You can try some of the following natural ingredients to treat stomach acid:
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can naturally treat heartburn. In addition, this herbal plant can also treat other digestive problems, such as flatulence and nausea. To treat the symptoms of GERD, you can process ginger into a warm drink. Apart from raw ginger, you can also enjoy ginger drinks that are available in the market.
Licorice or also known as liquorice root is known to relieve symptoms of heartburn or heartburn due to GERD. This is due to the content of substances in licorice which are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory so they can reduce swelling, inflammation, and sores in the stomach and esophagus due to increased stomach acid.
- Marshmallow root
Marshmallow root contains various substances that can relieve coughs, heal wounds on the stomach and esophagus, and fight bacterial infections. This plant is also believed to protect the stomach wall, so that it is not easily injured when exposed to stomach acid.
Not only stomach acid, marshmallow leaves and roots can also be used to treat diarrhea, constipation, inflammation of the stomach lining, as well as pain and swelling in the respiratory tract.
- Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea has often been used to relieve stomach and heartburn, nausea and vomiting, and is traditionally believed to treat insomnia. These herbal remedies may be a natural and effective way to reduce the symptoms of GERD.
Although the natural ingredients above are known to be effective in dealing with symptoms of stomach acid, the efficacy and effectiveness of these herbal ingredients still require further research.