This is a good question. But it depends. If you’re having difficulty swallowing, it may be easier to just drink the contents of your stomach. However, if you’re having trouble swallowing, it may be better to throw up.
Drinking the air you swallow can help relieve heartburn and other GERD-related symptoms.
What can you do instead?
There are several things you can do to relieve symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.
Vitamin B supplements
Certain B vitamins, such as niacinamide, can help with symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn.
Ask your doctor for a prescription to get a bottle of vitamin B supplements. The dosage depends on your age and health. To get the most benefit, take them in water or an apple juice.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that help maintain a healthy digestive tract. You can find probiotics in supplements or food, such as yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut. They can help soothe your stomach. You may even feel better if you take them before meals.
Ginger is a popular home remedy for heartburn. It can help with symptoms like nausea, and it can be used in cooking or as a tea.
Always read the labels before you use ginger. It can cause a burning sensation in your mouth, throat, or stomach.
Ginger is also a spice commonly used in Asian cooking.
Ginger can have side effects, so you shouldn’t use it if you have:
- A history of peptic ulcer disease
- A bleeding disorder
- A bleeding disorder that’s severe
- A liver disease or a history of liver disease
- A history of gallbladder disease
Cayenne pepper is a spicy food. It’s been used as a home remedy for heartburn.
It can be safe to use. But be sure to check with your doctor before going on a spicy diet. You should talk with your doctor before using cayenne pepper for heartburn.
How to treat acid reflux?
Heartburn is usually a treatable condition. The following tips can help you reduce your symptoms.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water can help relieve heartburn and acid reflux. Try to drink water before meals to help prevent heartburn.
Eat smaller meals
If you eat more than three meals a day, you may be at risk for acid reflux.
If you have heartburn, try to keep your meals smaller. You should also take smaller sips of water.
Don’t lie down for meals
Staying upright for a few minutes after eating can help prevent heartburn.
Avoid spicy foods
Spicy foods like hot sauce, chili, and ketchup can cause heartburn.
Do you smoke?
Smoking is a risk factor for acid reflux.
If you smoke, try to quit. You can help avoid acid reflux if you quit.
Try a diet
If your diet causes heartburn, try a diet that’s low in fat and high in fiber.
Try anti-inflammatory foods
Anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce heartburn. You can take anti-inflammatory foods like these:
- Olive oil
- Green tea
Do you have diabetes?
If you have diabetes, you may have more heartburn.
It can also be a risk factor for heartburn.
Ask your doctor for an exercise program if you have diabetes. It can help prevent heartburn.
Drinking alcohol can increase your risk for heartburn.
Avoid caffeinated drinks
Caffeinated drinks can cause heartburn.
Avoid citrus fruits
The acid from citrus fruits can cause heartburn.
How to prevent heartburn?
Heartburn can be a symptom of GERD. You can reduce your risk of heartburn by:
- Eating a diet low in fat and high in fiber
- Avoiding spicy foods
- Getting enough exercise
- Using an over-the-counter (OTC) medication to relieve heartburn
Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about your GERD or heartburn.
What are the complications of acid reflux?
Acid reflux can lead to complications like:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Esophageal cancer
- Chronic cough
- Chronic bronchitis
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Acid reflux
Acid reflux can also lead to other health problems.
GERD symptoms include:
- Feeling sick to your stomach
- Belching or chest pain
GERD affects your esophagus. It can also cause inflammation of the esophagus, called esophagitis.
The inflammation can cause:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- A burning sensation in your chest
- Bad taste in your mouth
- A feeling like food is stuck in your throat
Barrett’s esophagus is an abnormal condition of the esophagus. It’s also known as esophageal adenocarcinoma.
This condition causes the cells in your esophagus to become cancerous. It can also cause:
- Mouth sores
- Dry mouth
- Tender, white patches on the esophagus
- A lump in your throat
- Pain or difficulty swallowing
Acid reflux and GERD can also be a sign of Barrett’s esophagus. This is a condition that can lead to cancer.
If you have Barrett’s esophagus, you have an increased risk of esophageal cancer.
The cancer can also spread to other parts of your body.
What causes acid reflux and GERD?
Acid reflux and GERD aren’t a normal part of your body. They’re more common in people who have these conditions:
- Hiatal hernia
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) complications
Your abdomen has several areas. Some areas have openings to the intestines. Acid reflux and GERD can happen when these areas are too tight.
If your acid reflux symptoms are severe, you may need to see your doctor.
If you’ve tried traditional treatments and they don’t help, you may want to talk to your doctor about a new treatment. You can also try the following natural remedies for heartburn and acid reflux.
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