Acid reflux and heartburn are the top common stomach and digestion related problems. Everybody suffers from either or both of these conditions at some points in their lives. Typical of manufacturers and marketers, the drug industry moved fast to produce all kinds of medical solutions to the problem that promise a quick relief without really dealing with the problem. All drugs often carry a certain level of risk, no matter how mild the problem may be. People should try as much as they can to use natural based remedies if prevention does not work to lead healthier lives. In order to counter the acid reflux problem, you should start by leading a healthier life, proper diet and generally a life with minimal drugs. Acid reflux problem is caused by two things: too much acidity in the stomach and pressure in the stomach that forces the stomach contents up the throat.
The initial symptoms of acid reflux are discomfort in the stomach, acidity, belching, soreness and digestion problems. This is the best stage to take action and neutralize the acidity in the stomach using natural foods and drinks that are alkaline in nature. The best thing to do is take milk, water or vinegar to neutralize the condition. Some of the foods that you should stay away from because they have high acidic contents include tomatoes and tomato sauces, citrus juices, fried foods, coffee, tea, spicy foods and alcohol. Generally, a good acid reflux diet in the first place should help you counter the acidity problem in the first place.
Baking soda is one of the oldest remedies because it contains sodium bicarbonate, an original antacid. It should however not be used regularly because it can seriously upset the acidity levels in the stomach, therefore affecting digestion. Another good way to overcome acidity in the stomach is chewing gum to stimulate the production and the swallowing of the saliva.