If you’ve found your way to this blog post, chances are, you have been told by your doctor that you have acid reflux and have already read all the articles on the net about what Acid Reflux or “GERD” is. You know that acid reflux is a possible prelude to other illnesses. You know that it is caused by a disturbance in the acid-alkaline condition of the stomach. You know various foods that are difficult to digest will cause stomach spasms, which leaves the opening between the esophagus and stomach open for gases to form that shouldn’t. You probably also have a seemingly endless list of foods and drinks you need to avoid – pouting and sighing as you read that list since most of your favorites are on it. You’ve probably read that aloe vera juice will work miracles and will completely eliminate acid reflux, but you’ve tried drinking the aloe vera juice and find you’re still not getting enough relief.
All you really care about, is that this is an indigestion problem that has gotten completely out of hand and is creating acid waste to flow up to your esophagus, causing an annoying irritation that keeps you awake a good portion of the night, into the morning, and left to continue throughout the day.
I know, because I can completely relate and have been dealing with it for many years now.
As a fellow sufferer of acid reflux, I’m sure you already know you need to cut out the coffee, garlic, onions, spicy pepper foods, alcohol, soda, chocolate, high protein foods, pasta, eggs, junk food, ice cream, etc., etc. All those comfort foods needed to be kissed goodbye forever to avoid exacerbating acid reflux. I did my very best to do so, as I’m sure you did. Unfortunately, I’m a coffee-holic, can’t live without chocolate, have a weakness for cheeseburgers loaded up with bacon, mayo, onions and anything else I can fit on there, and I enjoy my food full of flavor, so cutting down on the spices was difficult. I did manage to [eventually] cut down on most of the no-no food and drink.
In life though, there are stressful events that impact our lives and can easily lead us back into the old habit of grabbing all those comfort foods. We’ll have that big bowl of ice cream, covered in chocolate sauce, Reese’s chunks, nuts and marshmallows just to have some tiny bit of enjoyment during stressful times. We are human after all, and our instinct is to feel better in whatever minute way possible. And yes, we’ll pay for that enjoyment via our esophagus later, but darn it, as long as we feel better for just that one moment!
My point is, it is just not possible to be able to be “good” by avoiding all these foods 100% of the time. I’m positive there are folks who have indeed accomplished cutting out everything they shouldn’t be eating, but this is for people, like myself, who have not accomplished this goal, and find themselves still in agony whenever acid reflux takes control. People who have been “good” with their diet for the most part, but find themselves indulging now and then and are looking for natural, simple, ways to help alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux without the expensive medication or have tried aloe vera juice yet are finding it isn’t working like some folks swear it does. Everyone by now has read that aloe vera juice helps, yes, but unfortunately it is not going to work on its own. You need to modify just a few habits to help the aloe vera juice work better for you.
Mind you, this is by no means a cure. It is just a small list of various things you can do to help avoid, or alleviate, acid reflux and do along with drinking aloe vera juice. I myself do all 4 of these on a daily basis and have far less trouble, having gone from acid reflux being the daily issue that makes me feel absolutely miserable, to becoming only the occasional issue that makes me feel miserable – which is far better than daily, and usually only happens if I’m at an event, work over-time, or am thrown completely off my usual routine for one reason or another.
1. Do NOT eat on the couch in front of the TV! Unfortunately, this was a bad habit of mine. Coming home from a stressful day at work, preparing whatever I was going to eat, and immediately plopping down on the couch with it. You’ll notice as you sit on your couch to eat, you are pushing down on your stomach. As you sink into your comfy couch, your chest is basically lying on top of your stomach. You should be sitting in an upright position in a chair at your table, that way, your chest (esophagus) is not pushing down on your stomach. While at your table, also remember to chew slowly, and make sure you’ve completely chewed everything before swallowing, as it is best for your digestive system.
Eat Upright at Table
2. Do NOT lie down after eating! This is probably THE most important one that will help you, and the most difficult one to get into the habit of. Not only will it cut down on acid reflux, but it will also help keep unwanted extra pounds off of you. Do your absolute best to avoid lying down on the couch for a nap, or going to bed, for at least two hours after eating, no matter how large or small the meal. Allow your body to go through the first stage of digestion in an upright position. I’m not saying to go out and run around the park, or go to the gym (in fact, it’s recommended you do NOT exercise after a meal, though a casual walk is perfectly ok) but perhaps enjoying a two hour movie sitting upright on the couch, (avoiding putting feet up on an ottoman or in a recliner) or doing some chores, catching up on emails, etc. – whatever will keep you sitting or standing upright for those two hours.
3. Be sure to drink hot water or herbal tea after a meal. Avoid caffeinated teas. My usual 2 hot drinks of choice after a meal is some hot water with about a half teaspoon of honey or I’ll opt for chamomile tea with a little honey. Mint, ginger or green tea are popular choices as well, but just be sure there is no caffeine in your tea of choice.
4. Drink 2 to 3 ounces of aloe vera juice anywhere from 1 to 3 times per day, preferably about 20 minutes before a meal. If you have never tried aloe vera juice in your life, start off with one ounce per day and gradually work your way up to avoid potential diarrhea. Never EVER eat the gel from an aloe vera plant – use the juice, since the aloe vera has been processed for safe consumption. There are aloe vera pills as well but those are better for constipation, NOT for acid reflux. The taste of aloe vera juice may take some getting used to. Some people immediately like it… others wrinkle their face up upon first taste. If you are the latter, try the aloe vera juice mixed with a little fruit juice or tea until you get used to it. You can usually find gallon sized jugs of aloe vera juice at your local Walmart, or you can purchase online. There are also some berry flavored aloe vera juices on the market, but I have not personally tried them and tend to stick with regular aloe vera juice.
Aloe Vera Juice
Other simple things you can do to help avoid acid reflux along with drinking aloe vera juice are:
– Stimulate your digestive system with a short, casual walk after eating.
– Avoid wearing clothes that are too tight.
– Avoid alcoholic beverages while eating.
– Drink as much water as possible throughout the day.
Simply doing numbers 1 through 3 will help tremendously along with using the aloe vera juice as described in number 4.
While this works for myself and many others, when it comes to your health and your body, you should absolutely always ask your doctor before trying anything new since everyone is not built the same way and may not be able to tolerate aloe vera the same way as others. Also be sure to get regular checkups to rule out any illnesses.