With all this talk about gut health, we can easily miss one problem without digestion: how to neutralize your stomach acid.
Your stomach acid, also called gastric juice, maintains a pH of 1.5 to 3.5. It must maintain this acidity in order to digest proteins in your stomach. If you are eating a high protein diet, it is a must to keep enough digestive enzymes in your stomach to help it break down the food that you eat.
When your body is improperly digesting food, you can end up with acid reflux. Occasional acid reflux can be easily fixed, but chronic acid reflux, also called GERD is actual damage to the mucosal lining of the esophagus and is more challenging. Both can be easily treated with the following natural ideas. However, if natural methods are not working, then you may need to see a doctor who can prescribe you an acid reflux medication.
You may need to neutralize your stomach acid.
This may mean, adding more sour things if it is too base, or adding more base things if it is too acidic. Both issues can cause reflux. For example, if your stomach is too base, you may need to add some lemon juice to water. Or, if your stomach is too acidic, you may need to add kale to neutralize your acid. Either way, the goal is to neutralize your stomach acid, or bring it to the God-given pH level of 1.5 to 3.5.
And, of course, you can naturally neutralize your stomach acid without expensive medications or over-the-counter antacids.
Natural ways to neutralize your stomach acid:
The primary way to neutralize your stomach acid is to simply begin with a glass of water. Tap water tends to have a neutral pH and will neutralize your gastric juices. Or, Adding just a teaspoon of baking soda to water and drinking can also have a similar or better effect.
However, there are times when this does not help and you need a more scientific approach you can try at home. You can eat certain foods, drink teas, take herbs, or even essential oils to naturally neutralize your stomach acid. Raising your acidity (getting it closer to the 3.5 pH level) requires one approach, where as lowering the acidity (getting it closer to the 1.5 pH range) requires a different method.
Monitoring the foods you eat together and in what order, can help you do this.
Ways to lower the pH:
- Eat cruciferous vegetables, like kale, cabbage and broccoli.
- Also drink herbal green teas.
- Eat almonds.
- Eat fruits such as bananas, grapefruit, apples, peaches and strawberries. Or, pears, grapes, kiwi, melons, tangerines, and especially papaya.
- Eat lettuce, green beans, celery, radishes, peas and asparagus.
Ways to raise your stomach’s pH:
- Let me emphasize that if you want to raise your gastric pH you can eat junk food, but these are healthy ways to raise your stomach acid’s pH.
- Drink purified water.
- Drink organic, good quality coffee.
- Eat, organic fair trade chocolate without the preservatives and fillers.
- Eat organic whole grains.
- Eat good quality beef and fish.
- Eat cheese or drink buttermilk.
More natural ways to neutralize your stomach acid
If using foods is not working for you, then you can take the following herbs and/or essential oils:
- Turmeric is well-known for its healing gatric influences.
- Peppermint, or other mint tea or oil is another good method for neutralizing your stomach acid.
- Drinking fresh ginger tea or eating fresh ginger.
- Mixing 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay in a glass or water, and drinking it.
- Drinking fennel tea can also assist in helping your stomach acid.
- Lemongrass is another herb which helps to neutralize your acid and can also be purchase as an essential oil.
- Lemon oil in a glass of water also helps acid reflux.
- All natural papaya and pepermint digestive enzyme tablets (found on Amazon)
Overall, using the natural methods that work for you and your family, are the best choices. You may use one of these solutions, but then you may find another solution that works for you. List some others! We would love to hear from you.