a spoonful of ground flax seed

Q. Many people have trouble with acid reflux and find it hard to get off reflux meds such as Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec. I too had a rough time with acid reflux until my doctor suggested flax seed tea.
I made a batch and drank it daily for one week. My reflux is gone. You may need a follow-up batch for a day or two, depending on your diet and circumstances.
To make flax seed tea: Boil 1/2 cup flax seeds in 4 cups of water, just until white foam forms. Cool the drink; the seeds will settle somewhat. Drink the tea. You can eat the seeds if you like. The tea has a nutty flavor and is rather thick. Experiment to get the consistency you like. Thicker is better but less palatable.
One week. Pain free! I love it, no meds.

A. Flax (Linum usitatissimum) is a plant used to produce linseed oil and linen. It is also the source of flax seed, which has been used for easing digestive distress as well as lowering blood sugar and cholesterol.
We could not find any scientific support for its use against reflux, but the tea you describe sounds simple and worth consideration.
Another reader offered a different herbal approach to reflux:

“Fennel seed capsules have almost totally eliminated my heartburn. I tried Prilosec, but it did not suit me. I take one fennel seed capsule with each meal and hardly ever have acid reflux anymore.”

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  1. paul43

    Same questions as ARK’S

  2. cpmt

    If you drink alkaline ‘clean” (spring, mineral water) with high number of alkalinity like 8.0 or 8.8 it will help with all your meals, not just when you have acid R. also a tsp. of mustard, or hand full of almonds, baking soda (in Europe old Mediterranean countries they use alkaline water by putting 1 tsp. of baking soda – (they sell small envelops in pharmacies) that you take after meals, specially if they are ‘heavy meals’.
    Also. Flax seeds are very difficult to digest, you only drink the water. I think flax seed are alkaline.

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