If you regularly suffer from frequent acid reflux and heartburn, then it maybe time to take note of some of these home remedies that will keep you off — antacids. Natural remedies can be just as effective as antacid tablets, so don’t be afraid of trying them. Acidity problems can be uncomfortable causing a burning sensation behind your breastbone, creeping up towards your throat. Acid reflux is caused by the lower esophageal sphincter (ring of muscle that allows food into your stomach) relaxes when it shouldn’t. Learn about five simple home remedies to get rid of the acidity problems.

Tulsi or Basil

This herb reduces the effect of gastric juices in the stomach. It can also promote the production of more mucous, which protects your stomach-lining.

Banana

This fruit also helps increases the production of mucous that protects the stomach-lining. This action can help your stomach if you suffer from increased acid production. Bananas are also a rich source of potassium that keep the level of acid in the stomach, in check. Since this fruit is high in fibre content, it can help increase the speed of digestion.

Jeera or Cumin Seeds

These seeds can improve metabolism, relieve gastric problems and stimulate the production of saliva to aid digestion. It is known to have a calming effect of irritated stomach nerves and also helps to heal ulcers.

Pudina or Mint Leaves

Many times for gastric troubles we are asked to consume Pudin Hara, an extract of mint oils. Mint leaves can lower stomach acid content and improve digestion. It also has a cooling effect on the burning sensation and pain caused by acid reflux.

Baking Soda

This baking ingredient acts as an antacid by neutralizing the stomach acid. Even if the acid rises to your throat you wont feel a burning sensation if you consume a spoonful of bicarbonate soda. You can mix the spoonful of soda into a glass of water. However, make sure not to exceed a dosage of 7.5 teaspoons in a 24 hour period as that can have side-effects like nausea or swelling.

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