More than 15 million Americans suffer from acid reflux. What can stop it?
People in ancient times use licorice root to soothe stomach problems. It works by reducing gastric acid secretion and boosting the production of protective mucous in the digestive tract. Don't use licorice candy because it is not effective. Most of them have anise as flavor. So, look for deglycyrrhizinated (DGL) licorice tablets and chew 1-2 tablets 20 minutes before eating. It is not safe to consume licorice in large quantities, but the DGL form is believed to be safer.
A good, widely-used home remedy for heartburn is baking soda. Make a drink by mixing one-half teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water. The bicarbonate of soda acts as an acid neutralizer, which can ease heartburn. However, the relief is temporary especially if your stomach have the tendency to produce high amount of acid.
You may reach for antacids to relieve acid reflux quickly. You should not use this remedy with calcium because the combination can cause milk alkali syndrome, an excess of calcium in the blood stream. Over time, you may end up with kidney stones.
Your stomach is supposed to be highly acidic. Taking acid-suppressing medications will affect the ability of your digestive system. In fact, doing so will make the underlying problem worse as your stomach will have not enough acid in the stomach. In the end, you will be dealing with the vicious cycle of chronic digestive problems such as GERD and IBS that never end. It will cause dependence on these drugs. You can't stop using them. Otherwise, your heartburn will come back.