Natural Treatments To Use If You’re Having Trouble Swallowing

Trouble Swallowing Food

Have you been having trouble swallowing food and looking for some natural solutions to find relief? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together three natural options for mitigating the symptoms of having trouble swallowing food, dysphagia, and eosinophilic esophagitis.

Keep reading for more tips on how to find relief.

Having trouble swallowing foods is the beginning of your body letting you know that something may be off. This may not immediately indicate a medical issue, but in some cases, it can. The natural progression of an underlying medical issue from having trouble swallowing is on to dysphagia. If dysphagia goes unchecked it may naturally progress to a higher level of this condition which is known as eosinophilic esophagitis.

The following discusses these progressions and provides treatment options to help mitigate your symptoms.


Trouble swallowing food is also known medically as dysphagia. Having trouble swallowing food is an indicator that your body is having an issue moving food properly between your throat and esophagus.

The likely culprits for having this kind of trouble are normally your throat and/or your esophagus. Having trouble moving food between these powerful body systems is not always an immediate indicator of an existing medical issue. There are many factors that can contribute to the muscles and nerves that are supposed to move food through your throat not working.

Inflammation – EoE

If it is determined that your body is having this issue due to trouble with inflammation in your esophagus, then there is a possibility that you may have what is called eosinophilic esophagitis. Eosinophilic esophagitis is a recognized chronic immune condition that affects the esophagus and may cause someone to have trouble swallowing food.

People suffering from eosinophilic esophagitis are experiencing inflammation of the esophagus which is the tube that sends food from the mouth to the stomach.

Natural Treatment Options For Trouble Swallowing Dysphagia and Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Non – Invasive Treatment Options – Include licorice root and chamomile to reduce acid reflux symptoms. Additional natural treatment options are acupuncture and meditation which encourage acid reflux reduction. (These treatments only mitigate the symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis and are not able to provide or intended to act as a permanent cure.

Related: Healthline article on EoE

Tumeric – A naturally occurring root and/or herb that is used in order to reduce inflammation of affected areas of the body. The active compound Curcumin is one of the strongest compounds that are present in turmeric that acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. Using turmeric can relieve some of the swelling and inflammation that are associated with eosinophilic esophagitis symptoms.

Related: How Tumeric Can Help EoE

Six Food Elimination Diet – This six-factor diet is used to see which if any of a group of common food allergens may be triggering an eosinophilic esophagitis reaction. This natural and affordable diet program may eliminate two conditions at once by saving money on the 6 eliminated foods while potentially resolving your eosinophilic esophagitis symptoms.

Related: Six Food Elimination Diet

The (6) Recommended Foods To Remove From Your Diet

  • Milk Products
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Peanuts/Tree Nuts
  • Fish/Shell Fish

These six foods are eliminated from your diet for (6) weeks and then reintroduced one by one with two-week intervals in between in order to detect if one of the reintroduced foods is the cause of the eosinophilic esophagitis reaction.

This is an effective and inexpensive method to begin naturally managing eosinophilic esophagitis.

Final Thoughts on Managing Swallowing and Digestive-Related Issues

Now that you have a better understanding of some of the factors that can contribute to you having trouble swallowing food, along with some natural and effective treatment options to take, you should feel more empowered in taking control of these symptoms and using natural alternatives to managing your symptoms inexpensively and effectively.

Remember that having trouble swallowing is not always an indicator of an underlying medical condition, but it can be in some cases. In order to begin to discern whether you are having a legitimate medical issue versus a lifestyle or dietary choice issue, implement some of the natural methods and strategies suggested here to mitigate and relieve trouble swallowing and related conditions.

You may be pleasantly surprised at the results of having a new healthier you!

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