People who suffer from acid reflux and its symptoms (heartburn on top of the list) are always more looking for alternative treatments and natural products that help soothe the disease.
However, not all people are the same, meaning that what is good for someone, may not be equally effective for others.
Among the many natural options that can help people living with heartburn and reflux, honey is considered one of the best.
People who start taking honey for acid reflux generally belong to the following categories:
- People who previously tried prescription medications and/or chemical drugs, without having experienced any benefit
- People who do not want to use any medication and only look for natural alternatives
Whatever the case, you should always remember that the use of drugs for reflux and heartburn is a partial treatment.
Moreover, taking drugs and prescription medications does not target the real cause of your disease.
On the contrary, by using drugs you’re targeting symptoms, meaning that you’re trying to control the effects of a condition that always be able to manifest itself.
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Not to mention the very many side-effects that can be brought by these chemicals, once introduced in your organism.
That’s why we decided to deepen more about honey, and what it can do for people who suffer from acid reflux.
There are some specific types of honey to know, and you also have to learn how to use this natural product to experience the maximum possible benefit.
So, let’s dive deeper into this topic.
Honey For Acid Reflux
Honey has a long history of applications as a natural healing product for many diseases.
Ayurvedic medicine, in particular, has made (and still does) wide use of honey for healing purposes.
Before to start considering the specific benefits honey can bring to people who take it as a cure for their reflux, we want to spend a few words on more general benefits.
In fact, the potentially great action honey exerts on mechanisms of reflux lays its foundations on at least three highly beneficial properties.
With these premises, you can imagine that honey can also bring huge benefits to people who suffer from digestive disorders, and acid reflux is not an exception.
How to take honey to treat acid reflux
Many people are wondering how they can take honey as a remedy for acid reflux, and in what quantity.
Things are very simple, and we can quote what follows directly from the original source (the British Medical Journal) to keep things fast and easy:
Things are very simple: you can take 5 ml of honey as it is to get relief (but personal experience is always essential).
What’s more encouraging about taking honey for acid reflux is that is a viscous liquid and a nutrient, that’s why it can be used easily to prevent gastroesophageal reflux.
A variant: you also can add 1 tablespoon of honey to one cup of hot water every morning.
There are some people who don’t like to take honey as it is, that’s why you can also make it more pleasant by creating other “recipes”.
Lemon and honey for acid reflux
One of the easiest and more effective ways to take honey is to mix it with lemon water.
By itself, lemon is acidic and this means that it should not be suggested to drink for people with reflux.
however, it has been noted that lemon water has a potentially good effect because it acts against the acidity that’s responsible for the aggression on the esophageal mucosa.
The “official recipe” for lemon water is the following.
To this recipe, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of honey.
We post below a very informative video on how to prepare lemon water with honey.
Not specifically for reflux, however, the preparation mode is the same.
Once again, personal experience is the key and you must learn what is best for your case.
Apple cider vinegar and honey for acid reflux
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural healer for heartburn and acid reflux.
There is a very special resource on how to get the most from vinegar and we strongly suggest you learn more about this important topic.
However, you can enhance the benefits of vinegar by adding honey and create a special recipe to help you overcome symptoms of reflux.
This is a quite popular remedy, even though there are so many opportunities to fit at best your taste (that’s why now).
This is definitely one of the best home remedies for heartburn you can rely on.
Ginger tea with honey for acid reflux
Similar to what we’ve considered for lemon water, ginger tea is a very good option to treat acid reflux and related symptoms, starting from heartburn.
To be honest, ginger (in tea form or not) is one of the best, if not the best, just because of the very many benefits it brings at once.
In some cases, drinking ginger tea alone may not be pleasant (but it really depends on personal taste).
That’s why many people use to add some honey to the recipe.
We post below a video on how to prepare ginger tea and honey for good.
The “real deal” in using this remedy is the possibility to get benefits from two of the best possible natural healers on the planet.
That’s why we strongly suggest trying that ASAP.
Honey with yogurt for acid reflux
Another good way you can get great benefits from honey is by mixing it with yogurt.
It’s enough to add 1-2 spoons of honey to start experiencing some benefits.
This suggestion is particularly useful for people for whom yogurt is an important component of the diet.
We don’t suggest to consider it as a real “remedy” if you’re planning to eat only a few yogurts, from time to time.
As always, be consistent is the key.
You have to figure out which one of the above-considered ways of administration fits the best in your case.
Honey For Heartburn
Honey is so good for acid reflux just because it protects the esophageal mucosa from the aggression of acid content of the stomach.
It has a coating action, which means that heartburn is much less perceived, even when there was a rise of the gastric material along the esophagus.
There are several other natural healers with the same property, such as bananas, and you should include all of them in your diet for better action.
Honey has a high viscosity, density, and low surface tension.
This allows the honey to stay longer in the esophagus as a coating on the mucous membrane.
This means that, if compared to other compounds (or prescription medications) that are supposed to have similar effects, honey keeps benefits for a longer period of time.
When it comes to heartburn, we can expect an increase in symptoms-free time, just thanks to the honey that stays in place where symptoms begin.
We’re not saying that this always is going to happen when taking the 5 ml seen above, it’s important that people who suffer from reflux and heartburn listen to their organisms and act accordingly.
Manuka Honey For Acid Reflux
Manuka honey is a specific type of honey coming from New Zealand.
The original name of flowers pollinated by bees is Leptospermum scoparium, also called manuka bush.
The final product has many beneficial properties for human health and in recent years there are more and more studies aimed at finding new applications for this honey.
Among the ascertained benefits, we have to remember the following.
We want to post a list of such bacteria so that you can have a better idea of the full potential of Manuka honey when dealing with infections.
Manuka honey presents the highest value in terms of phenolic content and antioxidant capacity if we compare it to many others.
For example, honey derived from acacia, wild carrot, and also Portobello honey, all present lower levels of antioxidants.
That’s why this specific type of honey is gaining so much importance.
When it comes to digestive disorders and acid reflux, all the properties considered above make it a great help.
In fact, as you can see from the image below, Manuka honey is able to recover the damaged gastric mucosa in the presence of an ulcer.
This has been demonstrated with laboratory studies, and still, there is a need for further evaluation.
To summarize, Manuka honey helps in recovering damage and this is essential for people with reflux esophagitis.
Best Manuka honey for acid reflux
There are various options to choose from, however, we want to suggest the likely best benefits you can expect from Manuka honey.
Only to give you an idea, it makes it a lot easier to achieve some essential things, such as the following:
- how to keep your teeth healthy (this is good for reflux sufferers, because of the risk of enamel erosion due to the action of refluxate in the mouth)
- how to improve the quality of your sleep (this is essential for people who are dealing with nighttime heartburn)
- how to fight infections (because Manuka honey is a powerful antibacterial agent)
- how to overcome allergy problems (this solves an important issue because the #1 problem for consuming honey is the presence of bee or pollen allergy)
- how to solve more digestive problems (besides acid reflux)
- how to soothe a sore throat (very important for people dealing with LPR, a.k.a. Laryngopharyngeal or silent reflux)
- how to treat burns, wounds, and even ulcers (this is also valid for the skin, as well as for the mucosa)
More than that, Manuka honey is good for beauty care, as well as a natural and highly effective treatment for acne and eczema (in case you need).
We recommend using Manuka honey because it’s good for all types of reflux, including LPR.
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Manuka honey for silent reflux
Using manuka honey for laryngopharyngeal reflux (also called silent reflux) can be of help, as in all other cases.
However, there’s something to point out.
LPR or silent reflux presents slightly different symptoms than the “normal” acid reflux with heartburn.
In fact, symptoms may not be felt, as this is a serious condition that can get worse over time.
That’s why the action of Manuka honey can be particularly beneficial.
You can soothe your throat, and at the same time, you can prevent things from getting worse even without feeling symptoms.
How to take Manuka honey for acid reflux
If you want to get the best benefit we suggest following the instruction you’re going to find inside the resource posted before.
This also because you’ll find much more information and guidance, depending on your specific health status.
This will be good for many health conditions, not only for reflux and heartburn.
Alternatively, you can take a tablespoon of Manuka honey right after dinner, and many people report much better digestion.
There are at least two other additional ways for taking Manuka honey:
- You can mix it with your meals, and this has been proven particularly effective for people who suffer from gastric inflammation
- You can add Manuka honey to the tea, and this can also be done with special teas we presented before (if you want an additional idea, consider turmeric tea, another great opportunity)
An essential requirement is to eat the right foods for reflux and heartburn, because taking Manuka honey alone, despite being good, will not be enough.
Whatever the case, you’re going to experience some benefits.
Honey For GERD
GERD is the more serious manifestation of acid reflux.
You have GERD when your symptoms are more present over the day and you start experiencing a significant impairment of the quality of life.
Honey can be good in both the following situations:
- before the reflux turns into a real GERD, to avoid the worsening of the situation
- when dealing with a real GERD, to lower symptoms and make them much more bearable
Taking honey for GERD is then important to prevent acid reflux to become a real GERD, while people who already have GERD can prevent some serious complications.
One of the things that make honey one of the best natural solutions is the capability to act on the root causes and to protect the mucosa from aggressions.
You can’t expect a complete remission of the pathology, especially in the presence of a full-blown GERD, but certainly, it’s possible to regain a completely normal quality of life.
Pay attention to some side-effects
Despite being so good, honey can present some downsides, and it’s fair that you are aware of them, to avoid troubles.
This is important especially if you’re planning to take it for a long time, precisely to prevent reflux from becoming a true GERD.
An important premise first: most people take honey without any issues and still continue taking it for years, with the same benefits for the health.
However, some side-effects can occur.
- Honey can act on blood sugar levels, that’s why you must be careful if you’re suffering from diabetes, or you’re taking any diabetes medication
- Pregnant women have to pay attention, because of the complexity of pregnancy
- Infants younger than 12 months should not take honey as a precaution
- People who are on medication should pay attention, because of some potential interaction between honey and their specific medication
- People who have some allergies should be careful, especially if they suffer from bee or pollen allergy
To keep things simple, you should report any potentially occurring side-effects to your doctor.
However, most people will never face problems because of taking honey, especially if they only suffer from reflux and/or heartburn.
In all these cases, honey still is one of the best natural healers to consider.
Cinnamon And Honey For Acid Reflux
This is a very good alternative that comes in handy when you’re dealing with severe forms of heartburn and reflux.
In these cases, it seems helpful to combine the action of honey with that of cinnamon.
More precisely, you can mix honey with cinnamon powder and then create a paste.
To make easier the consumption of this paste, you could apply it on your bread, in an identical way to what is done with jam or jelly.
About eating time, you can consume bread + cinnamon/honey paste for breakfast every day.
With this little addition to your diet, you could experience significant benefits.
You should always consider taking honey for acid reflux.
To this end, there are at least 34 important takeaways to remember.
We suggest writing them down for easy consultation.
They are listed below.
Important tip: always include honey in a diet made of good foods for heartburn and reflux.
If you’re planning to take honey alone, without working on eating habits and lifestyles as a whole, you will not be successful.
What To Do Next
Our TOP suggestion is to visit the page dedicated to the best herbal mixtures you can use to get rid of reflux faster.
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You can expect similar benefits with another great natural healer, namely slippery elm.
A dedicated blog post like this one, however long and complete, cannot present the practical procedures to be applied for getting the most from honey for acid reflux.
But there’s more.
There are at least other three amazing resources you can consult, the first one is likely the most famous, and already has several thousand happy followers.
We’d like to suggest another one, as an alternative, or we might say a completion because it presents special, little-known things that deserve to be known.
Finally, there’s a third opportunity, unfortunately barely unknown, which deserves great attention.
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This is another great natural home-remedy to use.
If you’d like to learn even more, we suggest reading the complete list of home-made strategies to use for getting rid of acid reflux and heartburn in the shortest possible time.
As you can see, there’s a lot to check and to do as well.
For the moment, we want to thank you for your visit!