Acid Reflux Attacks
You suddenly wake up in the middle of the night with severe burning in your throat, the sensation of choking, and the regurgitation of your last meal in your mouth. Not only that, you feel like your throat is on fire. Some people describe these symptoms as heartburn, burning in the stomach, feelings of fullness, and nausea.
This scenario started happening to me regularly. The last few episodes were frightening because I realized that had I not awakened, I would have choked (aspirated) in my sleep, and it could have possibly been fatal. I knew I needed to do something, and it needed to be quick. What is the best way to solve this acid reflux problem?
What Didn’t Work
The first idea was not a good one. I started staying up at least three hours after I ate to make sure some of the food settled. Sometimes this worked, and sometimes it didn’t. Keeping later night hours was a poor decision because I had to go to bed late, and it didn’t deal with the underlying issue.
I also knew that it wasn’t healthy to go to bed late. My original plan did not address the problem. The following are a few tips to deal with acid reflux. I’ve used most of them.
Home Remedies for Acid Reflux
Don’t eat after 5 or 6 p.m.
This is probably the most natural solution to the problem. I found that when I ate after 6 p.m., I frequently had acid reflux. I now try to eat no later than 6 p.m. but preferably by 5 p.m.
One thing that helped was Nature’s Way Charcoal. I discovered that taking two capsules immediately on waking from a choking attack cuts the acid quickly. I keep them on my bedside table for emergencies, but if I don’t eat after 5 or 6 p.m., I don’t need them. If by chance, I eat after 6, I take two capsules before I go to bed because nine times out of ten, I will get reflux.
Foods to Eliminate
Fried food should be eliminated. You should also omit other foods if you are eating them are caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol, and oily foods.
I now try to eat Almonds daily; they are more Alkaline and balance out the acid that is in the stomach. Side note: I also used Almonds to help lower my cholesterol. It worked!
Apples help neutralize the acid in the stomach.
Eat a light meal for supper.
I eliminated heavy foods for my last meal of the day and tried to stick with lighter meals.
Take Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
A tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water can also cut down on the acid.