There's nothing quite like enjoying a nice meal, only to have your chest on fire 30 minutes later!
Medical News Today defines acid reflux as "a common condition that features a burning pain, known as heartburn, in the lower chest area. It happens when stomach acid flows back up into the food pipe". Anyone who has suffered from acid reflux/heartburn (or really any gastrointestinal condition) knows how uncomfortable, inconvenient, and sometimes even crippling it can be. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, over 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn monthly, and over 15 million suffer from it daily. So if you are one of these people, you are certainly not alone.
I experienced acid reflux symptoms in my early teens and suffered from it up until I was about 20. It started just after certain meals-I didn't really see a pattern. It soon got to the point where I'd wake up in the middle of the night with my throat/chest on fire. I had to stop eating 3 hours before bed to make sure I didn't have a flare-up at night, and sleep with 2-3 pillows so that my chest was elevated to prevent a flare-up. At 14, my doctor prescribed me a medication that seemed to help for 2-3 weeks, and then the symptoms would come back. I basically spent the next two years going back and forth between various acid reflux meds like Prilosec and Prevacid, usually getting relief but sometimes still having flare ups.
Once I got to college, I started looking for more natural ways to heal my body (I was not only one acid reflux pills, but also taking a daily allergy pill). I just thought there had to be a better way to alleviate these symptoms that didn't require popping pills every day. So I researched, did some trial and error, and over the course of 6 months I was able to g