ACID REFLUX

ESSENTIAL OILS

Peppermint. Helps relax the gastrointestinal muscles, allowing painful gas to pass.

Ginger. Can soothe the stomach and help it release its contents into the small intestines.

Fennel. Balances the pH level within the body, especially within the stomach.

Lemon. D-limonene (compound in lemon peels) helps to calm stomach pains and relieve nausea.

Research

A 2015 study evaluated the gastro- protective activity of ginger essential oil in laboratory animals. The ginger essential oil treatment reduced ulcers by 85 percent.

Home Remedy

Reflux ease. Add 1 drop each of peppermint, ginger, fennel and lemon essential oils to a beverage, or mix the oil blend with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and honey to taste and consume internally.

Background

Between 25 percent and 40 percent of Americans suffer from acid reflux, and an estimated 20 percent of adults experience a more severe form of acid reflux known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Despite what we’ve been told for years, too much stomach acid is not the cause of acid reflux. The primary trigger of heartburn
and GERD is acid entering the esophagus because of a leaky valve. Causes of acid reflux include pregnancy, hiatal hernias and an unhealthy diet. Unfortunately, the prescription and OTC drugs that are given
for acid reflux do not target the root cause and can have major side effects. Natural acid reflux remedies may help to balance stomach acid and relieve symptoms such as heartburn, gas, bloating, bad breath and sore throat.

Suggested Supplements

» Digestive enzymes. Take at the start of each meal to help foods fully digest and nutrients absorb properly.

» Probiotics. Reduce levels of bad bacteria and can improve indigestion, leaky gut and acid reflux. Take 25 to 50 billion CFU daily.