5. Take Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Gel

Take two to three tablespoons of aloe vera juice or syrup to help reduce heartburn. Aloe vera is safe and widely available at health food stores. Many people swear that it dramatically reduces their symptoms of GERD.

4. Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol

Drinking alcohol can worsen acid reflux and GERD. Alcohol seems to significantly relax the lower esophageal sphincter so that the stomach contents start to back up into the esophagus, which causes heartburn. Also, alcohol increases your stomach’s production of acid. In addition, alcohol causes inflammation. Ideally, you should eliminate all alcohol from your diet to control your acid reflux.

3. Drink Cranberry Juice

Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice appears to inhibit the growth of H. pylori within the stomach. H. pylori is a bacterium that often causes heartburn and can even lead to peptic ulcers. Many suggest adding cranberry juice to your daily diet to help reduce the likelihood of heartburn and act as a potent preventative against ulcers.

2. Sip Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

When heartburn first strikes, many proclaim great success by sipping a little bit of apple cider vinegar. In fact, some feel that a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar will not only relieve heartburn but also prevent it. If the flavor is unpleasant, you can always mix it with water.

1. Avoid Cigarette Smoke

Cigarette smoke, even secondhand exposure, appears to worsen heartburn. Avoiding the habit is ideal if you want to stop heartburn. If you are exposed to excessive smoke, try to seek an outdoor area where you can refresh and rejuvenate.

Related: 10 Foods to Eat When You Have Acid Reflux
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