As Spring approaches, so does the food. With the abundance of food at outdoor barbeques and family events, comes the common tendency for many people to overeat or to eat foods that have an adverse effect on your digestive system.

Millions of Americans will be popping antacids like candy to treat their symptoms of heartburn this season. Although typical over-the-counter medications are okay in moderation, they can destroy your body’s ability to absorb nutrients if taken over a long period of time. Why not try some better and safer ways to cool down?

Gastro esophageal Reflux occurs when the valve at the bottom of the esophagus, the tube that leads to the stomach, weakens, allowing the stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus, causing the intense burning of heartburn. If you suffer from pain and discomfort due to heartburn, try some of these all-natural remedies to ease your symptoms.

Licorice: A natural antacid that protects the lining of the esophagus. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL, which is the chewable form of the herb, can also be used to protect against the formation of some ulcers by hyperacidity.

Aloe: This gel helps protect and heal the delicate lining of the esophagus. The drinkable gel can be diluted for taste. Always be sure you are getting the form of aloe intended for internal use.

Slippery Elm: This herb relieves symptoms of acid indigestion by healing the mucous membranes that have been irritated or injured. The herb is available in capsule form.

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane): A nutritional supplement that strengthens the lining of the esophagus. Available in capsule form.

Sleep: Positioning yourself on your left side or on your back encourages stomach contents to flow up into the esophagus. So if you are suffering from heartburn, try lying on your right side.

This information is provided for reference only so you can make an informed decision about your health. It is not a substitute for treatment from a physician. If you have chronic acid reflux, it is strongly advised that you to seek out competent medical help.

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