When it comes to natural remedies for LPR (silent reflux) there are a selection of options. Some of these will actually stop and help prevent acid reflux from happening in the first place and others will be better for immediate relief that offer a relief and a soothing feeling.
Below I am going to cover the options you have available and the benefits to each of them.
Silent Reflux Natural Remedies
You may have likely heard before that diet is probably the best way to help LPR Symptoms and is one of the most important LPR remedies. This can be effective from 2 different angles. The 2 angles are of course primarily avoiding foods that cause LPR and the worst trigger foods for LPR and acid reflux in general. For all the foods I recommend you avoid check out this article – Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Foods to Avoid.
Also, if you want a complete diet plan tailored for people with LPR I suggest you check out my diet plan – Wipeout Diet.
The other angle is foods that are soothing to acid reflux, these foods are usually low acid or even alkaline and generally cooling. To give you a few ideas of these foods I would recommend melon or the likes of cucumber.
Both of which are alkaline and are brilliant if you are having a flare up, they have both the cooling effect and the ability to neutralise acid, both of which should help ease and calm symptoms. For more foods that are good choices check out my article – LPR Foods to Eat.
One of the best options to give quick and effective relief is tea. But be careful not any tea will do. There are a couple of teas that I recommend.
The first tea I recommend is chamomile tea, the reason it is great is because it has anti-inflammatory properties which can be soothing for your throat and whole digestive tract.
The other tea I recommend is marshmallow root tea, this tea is brilliant at lining the throat and the whole way down and into the esophagus and stomach, overall in terms of soothing properties this tea is probably your best choice. Here Is the varieties of the teas I recommend on amazon – chamomile tea & marshmallow root tea.
One thing I recommend when drinking tea is to let it cool down a little before drinking it. Hot water can actually cause the throat more irritation so ideally it’s best to let the tea cool down a little before drinking it.
Alkaline water is basically water that has a high pH making it alkaline. There are a couple of main benefits to taking this kind of water for someone with LPR. The main cause of throat problems for someone with LPR is because of a digestive enzyme called pepsin coming up from the stomach and into the throat.
The important thing to note with alkaline water is that is deactivates the pepsin. So, if you have any pepsin in your throat causing symptoms drinking this water should deactivate any pepsin that may be in your throat.
Also when you drink this water because it’s alkaline this lowers the acidity of the stomach which also can help stop acid reflux and can be generally soothing to the whole digestive tract. For more information on the different kinds of alkaline water and how you can even make your own check this article – Alkaline Water for LPR.
Similar to the teas I mentioned above slippery elm can be mixed into water and drank as a tea. It has similar properties like the teas I mentioned earlier. It can be very soothing to a sore throat and generally the larynx – you can read more about it here – slippery elm for throat irritation study.
Slippery elm can also come in the form of lozenges but keep in mind some lozenges have ingredients which can irritate LPR, my recommendation are these lozenges.
DGL licorice could potentially be helpful for both reflux and the throat and the digestive tract. It may increase the production of mucus which in turn can help ease and soothe the throat and esophagus etc.
Chewable tablets are the best here because it coats everything on the way down into the stomach. Ideally when you are choosing these tablets you want ones with the least added ingredients as possible.
Something that is often talked about is baking soda, it is one of the best home remedies for LPR. How you want to use baking soda is by mixing a small amount of it with water and mixing well. What this does is it creates an alkaline mixture which helps lower acidity of the digestive tract and the stomach and should help lessen symptoms.
While not the best long-term solution it can be an effective solution if you need a quick and fast ailment. For more information on how to make the solution and how the whole process works, check out this article – Baking Soda for Heartburn – Is it Effective?
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Treat LPR Naturally?
The best way to treat LPR naturally is through a strict low acid diet plan like the Wipeout Diet where you avoid foods and drinks with a pH of under 5 – a good starting point – LPR Diet Advice. There are also other things that can help, for example not eating within 3 hours before bedtime and also not eating a lot in one sitting.
Can You Cure Silent Reflux?
Yes in most cases silent reflux can be cured or at least vastly improved. The best way is through a low acid diet and some lifestyle changes.
How Long Does LPR Take To Heal?
For every person it can be different. For some people simply eliminating trigger foods will be enough to completely resolve problems. Whereas for others they will have to stick to a strict low acid diet to see good improvements but not complete resolvement.
Is Honey Good for Reflux?
Generally I recommend people with LPR avoid honey when starting the diet because it tends to be a little too acidic. Manuka honey is usually more alkaline than regular honey so if you are to take honey it’s best to take manuka. After you start to feel better you can start to take honey more regularly without being concerned.
Is Water Good for Acid Reflux?
Water can be good but it can depends on the acidity of the water. The higher the pH of the water, the more likely it will be good for your acid reflux. Ideally water with a pH over 7 at least but more ideally over 8 pH will likely be helpful for acid reflux due to it helping neutralise the acid.
Few More Talking Points –
Silent Reflux Natural Remedies
The best way to stop and prevent silent reflux is by a low acid diet like my Wipeout Diet. In terms of things to help ease LPR symptoms the foods I have mentioned above are great. If you want to go for medication I recommend Gaviscon Advance (UK version) – read more about why Gaviscon Advance is best here.
Most Effective Treatment for LPR
Usually the top 2 things I recommend people do is the strict low acid diet and taking Gaviscon Advance (UK version) 30 minutes after meals and before bedtime.
LPR Treatment Success
Usually for people who follow my advice see good improvement usually within 2 weeks time. For some it can take a little longer but it’s just important to remain consistent with it.
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