Acid reflux nausea is one symptom that makes the misery of acid reflux even worse. There are few things worse than the feeling of nausea and the fear that you might need to vomit, especially when you’re not at home. Studies have shown that around half of those who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux (GER) experience nausea sometimes, and a small percentage have intractable nausea that never seems to go away.
Although it’s always best to treat the cause of the problem wherever possible, rather than just the symptoms, when acid reflux makes you feel queasy you will definitely want to do both. You will find plenty of effective but gentle natural remedies for nausea, some of which also happen to be good treatments for acid reflux and heartburn. You need to avoid certain common natural nausea fixes that can make your acid regurgitation worse. These include peppermint, as well as lemon and onion and acidic teas such as raspberry leaf.
Ginger is a superb cure for nausea, and is also a good treatment for acid reflux. Slice fresh ginger root and steep in boiled water or green tea for 10 minutes for a refreshing ginger tea. Carry candied ginger or ginger lozenges with you for an instant remedy on the go. Gingerbread and gingersnaps will also do the trick, as will real ginger ale stirred until flat – not the commercial product!
Baking soda also works well for acid reflux nausea as it treats both the symptom and the underlying problem. Dissolve a quarter to half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink every two hours or as needed.
Slippery elm tea is another dual-purpose reflux remedy to try. The bark of the slippery elm tree has long been used to soothe excess acidity and heartburn, and it also makes you feel less nauseous.
You can also drink tea made from basil, alfalfa or catnip to settle your upset stomach.
Alternatively, raid your spice rack when you feel sick and make tea from cinnamon, cloves, cumin or fennel.
Aromatherapy can help relieve nausea too, with peppermint and lemon the most effective essential oils to inhale.
Acupressure is a natural treatment you can learn to administer yourself. There are two pressure points close to the inside of each wrist that can give relief from nausea when pressed firmly.
Use this handy method for fast acid reflux nausea treatment when you’re out and about.