If you watch TV, you're inclined to think that everyone in America suffers from acid reflux. While it certainly is possible that we've inadvertently stumbled upon an epidemic, it is also quite likely that many people are grabbing purple pills while they should really be trying something else. Many conditions that seem to be acid reflux are in fact something else entirely.

So, while it's easy for a doctor to grab a prescription pad and for you to pop a pill, doing so will not resolve your condition if the root of the problem is really something else, as Jeff Martin points out so well in his book, Heartburn No More.

What's more disturbing is that people are so willing to pop pills even though most medications come with an array of side effects, including more severe issues, like abdominal bleeding and gastrointestinal hemorrhaging. There are many alternatives for dealing with acid reflux. A treatment that has been used throughout history is mint.

A cup of mint tea within a half hour of eating is known to soothe a stomach, as mint stimulates digestion. If no mint tea is available, a piece of peppermint gum can help too as a natural cure for acid reflux, as many pregnant women will vouch.

Ginger, likewise, has similar properties. Ginger gum is available, often in health food or specialty stores, but making a tea from fresh ginger is also a possibility. If your acid reflux is not an occasional problem, you might give another home remedy a try: apple cider vinegar.

Though many people are inclined to pop things like Tums, doing so for acid reflux is usually counterproductive. Antacids reduce stomach acid. Most people with acid reflux find that antacids reduce the problem temporarily and then find that their symptoms worsens, as their bodies respond to the undigested food by increasing acid production.

Apple cider vinegar slightly reduces stomach acid, but does not interfere with digestion. One cure for a condition that masks itself as acid reflux is Deglycyrrhizinated licorice. This is available usually in tablet form and is chewed and then swallowed.

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice has truly been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and is also a powerful anti-viral. If used with success in cases that seem to be "acid reflux," the underlying condition was likely not acid reflux, but H-pylori, a viral infection of the stomach.

Of course, it is always beneficial to do things like reduce one's weight if obesity is a contributing factor or to change one's diet, if one is consuming foods that aggravate the condition, but there are many alternatives to a natural cure for acid reflux that do not require a trip to the doctor or the constant consumption of medications, many of which do little to impact the true causes of acid reflux.

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