If you have ever felt the fiery symptoms of acid reflux – you know how it can feel: burning, chest tightness, pain, and inflammation that can range in intensity from irritating to downright painful.
You’re not alone! The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation states that, on average, five million Canadians experience heartburn and/or acid regurgitation at least once each week.
Heartburn can occur occasionally as a result of overeating or overindulging in triggering foods. It can also be an uncomfortable side effect during pregnancy. For others, it can be chronic issues, as is the case with those suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease, or “GERD.”
GERD arises from food and stomach secretions flowing up into the esophagus due to an issue with the valve mechanism between the stomach and esophagus, making it unable to close properly. Not only can it cause ongoing discomfort, but it can also lead to a damaged esophageal lining.
Unfortunately, many common foods and beverages can trigger heartburn, including chocolate, peppermint, coffee, alcohol, and fatty foods – many of which are consumed during holidays, and can leave you feeling less than festive.
Over the counter “antacids” are commonly used by heartburn sufferers. These are tablet or liquid formulas containing highly alkaline calcium, magnesium, aluminum, or sodium bicarbonate (aka: baking soda) that work to neutralize stomach acid. However, these products can sometimes cause issues, especially with long-term use, including other digestive disturbances like diarrhea or constipation and high calcium blood levels, as well as causing problems with those on sodium-restrictive diets.
But there is another way to quench the fires of heartburn – with plant medicines!
Herbs have long been used to ease digestive issues, including symptoms of reflux. Certain plants can help both by optimizing the functioning of the digestive system and working to soothe irritated tissue.
Acidux tincture contains a unique blend of 6 herbs that help to relieve inflammatory conditions of the digestive system.
Calendula and meadowsweet offer antacid, anti-inflammatory effects, while chamomile, licorice, and ginger work to help settle the stomach. Marshmallow has demulcent properties that soothe the tissues of the digestive tract, working synergistically with the other herbs for a powerful combination that effectively helps to relieve symptoms of heartburn.
How to Take: Take 2 mL (60 drops) 3 times daily, in a little water, on an empty stomach. Acidux can also be taken after eating when symptoms flare for effective relief of discomfort.
Certain dietary and lifestyle habits can help too! A few other ways to ease and prevent heartburn include:
- Eating smaller, spaced-out meals throughout the day, vs. larger meals.
- Avoid common trigger foods, like citrus, alcohol, or other spicy or high-acid foods and beverages.
- Avoid eating before bed.
- Use pillows or a foam wedge to elevate the upper body when lying down in bed.
You can also support complete digestive health and reduce uncomfortable symptoms with digestive bitters – a time honoured herbal tonic that can help to reduce gas, bloating, indigestion, and heartburn. Taken before meals, our Canadian Bitters® formulas can help prompt the digestive system – as well as strengthen it to function better for the long-term.
Learn more about plant medicines that support healthy digestion: Indulge Joyfully, with Herbal Digestive Support