End acid reflux, fast!
amounts of acid for digestion, mix 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar with 2 oz. water; sip before meals.
With age, acid reflux—aka heartburn— often becomes more frequent and more severe as your digestive enzymes are depleted and the barrier between your stomach and esophagus slackens. Is it possible to get rid of the burn? Yes!
Sip apple cider vinegar before meals!
Think eating foods high in acid causes heartburn symptoms? Not so! “A lack of digestive juices, not an excess of stomach acid causes food to sit in the stomach too long, resulting in the contents splashing up into the esophagus,” says naturopath Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph. D., D. N. M., author of The Ultimate ph Solution. To prime your stomach to secrete healthy
Eat less—but more often!
Most acid reflux attacks occur right after a meal, and the bigger the meal, the more painful the reaction. “Too much food puts pressure on the sphincter (the valve between the esophagus and stomach), which can allow the contents of the stomach to push up past it into the esophagus,” says Robin Foroutan, M.S., R.D.N., of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Try cutting your main meal portions by about a third, then eat small snacks, such as a handful of nuts or some crackers and cheese, every few hours.
Opt for decaf!
Regular coffee weakens the sphincter, upping the risk of acid reflux. In contrast, two studies found a drop in symptoms when folks switched to decaf! “Caffeine acts like adrenalin, causing digestive muscles to tense,” Schoffro Cook says. “Over time, this weakens the esophageal valve.” Or sip fennel tea, which soothes the esophagus and stomach, says Foroutan. One option: Yogi Tea Stomach Ease, $3.47, Luckyvitamin.com.
Your gut produces 400 times more melatonin than your brain, but that production typically tends to drop with age. “Correcting a low level of melatonin helps tone the valve between the stomach and esophagus,” Schoffro - Cook says. Her Rx: 3 mg. to 5 mg. of melatonin an hour before bed.
Sleep on the best side!
Side sleeper? Your esophagus enters the right side of the stom- ach, so if you lie on the right side, it adds pressure on the esophageal sphincter, upping the risk of acid leaking through it! Sleeping on your left side propped on a pillow or two so your head is higher than your stomach helps keep acid where it belongs.