Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a “condition in which acid, bile and partially-digested food in the stomach back up into the esophagus.” For many people, GERD is making a difficult time of their daily lives. But there are a few simple and natural remedies that can take the edge off the discomfort.
First, try not to eat when you’re stressed. So many of us eat in a hurry, under pressure, or when we’re all stressed out – as if we’re still those cave men and women trying to get that meal in before the sabertooth comes along to claim his portion! Before eating, give yourself a few moments of peace and quiet. During meals, chew thoroughly to aid in digestion. And think of Uncle Howard, the guy who always loosened his belt at the dinner table: Don’t wear clothing that restricts your stomach. (And here you thought Uncle Howard was just a little gross.)
Try and wait three hours after eating before lying down. And when you do tuck in for the night, you might want to sleep on your left side, which will keep your stomach below your esophagus.
That most versatile of herbal remedies, chamomile, produces a fabulous tea that is known for its ability to soothe gastrointestinal spasms, so you may find a cup of this warm herbal brew is just the thing to naturally relax your GERD.
Of course it’s always good to consult your doctor, but by trying a few natural remedies before taking the trip to the office, you may just find conditions like GERD are controllable without the need for pharmaceuticals. Nature’s just smart that way. And so is Uncle Howard.