While I addressed the root cause of my heartburn I used slippery elm tea and DGL licorice root lozenges for immediate relief to get rid of acid reflux.
Most often the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn are not the result of too much stomach acid but instead a compromised mucus lining that needs soothing support.
The stomach is designed to have an acidic pH that is required for optimal digestion, but at the same time, an intact mucous lining is required to prevent the stomach acid from irritating the stomach lining.
The mucus lining is also 98 percent water so are you properly hydrated?
The lining of the esophagus (throat) is not designed to have any acid unlike the stomach. Sipping on slippery elm tea for acid reflux or sucking on a DGL licorice lozenge helps to protect and soothe both the lining of the esophagus and the stomach.
Below are my top 3 natural remedies for acid reflux
#1 – Slippery elm powder – How to use slippery elm for acid reflux
Slippery elm comes from the slippery elm tree where the inner bark is used to make slippery elm powder. Slippery elm is known as a demulcent with gut soothing properties.
When slippery elm is mixed with water it forms into a thicker gel-like consistency which then helps to coat and soothe the GI lining such as the stomach and esophagus. The demulcent soothing properties of slippery elm makes slipping elm my #1 at-home remedy for acid reflux.
The best way to use slippery elm for acid reflux is by making a slippery elm tea to sip on before eating and in between meals to soothe and coat the Gi lining. You can also use slippery elm in smoothies, in an oatmeal porridge, mixed into yogurt, apple sauce or simply mixed with water.
If acid reflux or heartburn is quite persistent making 2 cups of slippery elm tea that is drunk in between meals or anytime heartburn is experienced to help provide heartburn relief.
Slippery Elm Tea Recipe
1 cup of water
1 tsp slippery elm powder
¼ cup almond milk
¼ tsp cinnamon
How to make slippery elm tea
To make the slippery elm tea bring one cup of water to a boil and stir in 1 tsp of slippery elm powder, almond milk and cinnamon then wait 5 minutes until the slippery elm thickens into a gel-like consistency before drinking.
The addition of almond milk and cinnamon help to make the slippery elm tea more palatable and enjoyable.
#2 DGL licorice lozenges – how to use DGL licorice for acid reflux
My second natural remedy for acid reflux is DGL licorice lozenges from enzymedica. Sucking on a DGL licorice lozenge is especially helpful for anyone who has acid reflux in the throat.
Sucking on a DGL licorice lozenge (not chewing or swallowing) helps to stimulate saliva production. The continuous swallowing of saliva mixed with the DGL licorice helps to coat and soothe and throat from acid reflux.
I recommend using a DGL licorice lozenge while cooking or preparing your meal. 10 minutes before eating suck on a DGL licorice lozenge while breathing deeply. This helps to prepare the body for digestion by stimulating saliva production while also helping to slow down the body and get into a parasympathetic state that is conducive for optimal digestion and secretion of the digestive juices.
At times I used to experience mild acid reflux at night and found sucking on a DGL licorice lozenge extremely useful to help relieve acid reflux as I could fall back asleep while sucking on the lozenge. Sipping on slippery elm tea wasn’t as practical in the middle of the night so if you need an at home for acid reflux at night use a DGL licorice lozenge.
Eating a lighter and earlier dinner can also help to prevent acid reflux at night
#3 Optimal GI Powder
Optimal Gi powder is a great gut-healing supplement for the long term maintenance of soothing and healing inflammation in the GI tract as it contains 11 herbs and nutrients designed to soothe the Gi lining.
Optimal Gi contains both slippery elm and DGL licorice root along with other gut-healing nutrients such as aloe, marshmallow root, zinc carnosine and l glutamine to help heal leaky gut while soothing the gut lining at the same time.
I love the addition of superoxide dismutase in this gut-healing powder as superoxide dismutase helps to break down reactive oxygen species which contribute to inflammation.
Optimal Gi can be mixed in with the slippery elm tea for additional gut-healing nutrients to prevent and relieve heartburn or again mixed into smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal or applesauce.
While these are my top 3 natural remedies for acid reflux and initial protocol often there needs to be more investigative work to uncover why heartburn has developed such as insufficient secretion of digestive juices from the primary digestive organs which are stomach acid, enzymes from the pancreas and bile from the gallbladder.
Often times it can be high fiber foods, difficult to digest starches and foods that cause bloating that cause acid reflux as well. Spicy or high histamine foods can be a trigger for some people as well. Identifying what your trigger foods are is crucial for preventing acid reflux.