Heartburn is something that most adults will experience during their lifetime. Heartburn is characterized by an uncomfortable burning sensation right behind the breastbone that often times creeps up the throat way from the food tube, and is a symptom more so than a disease. It is actually caused by acid reflux, which occurs when the ring of muscle that allows food into your stomach relaxes when it shouldn’t. The symptom is a result in connection with the food taken and the digestive parts in the upper portion.
The result is acid from your stomach goes back up your esophagus, which then causes the sensation of heartburn.
Suggested Home Remedies:
1A spoonful of baking soda to treat heartburn
A spoonful of sodium bicarbonate can help to put an end to the gnawing, burning, a sensation of heartburn caused by acid reflux. Baking soda helps you in ending your acid-reflux, as it is a base having pH higher than 7.0, and, therefore, neutralizes stomach acid.On neutralizing the stomach by inhibiting the acid from coming to the esophagus, you don’t get “burning sensation.”
You will need
- 1/2 teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- a glass of fresh water
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water. Give it a good stir and drink all of the mixtures. You can repeat this as and when needed but should not exceed seven teaspoon doses in a 24 hour period. Also, avoid using this as a remedy for more than a week straight, as it is high in salt and can have side effects such as swelling or nausea.
2Soothe your stomach with aloe juice
Aloe is a medicinal plant, it soothes burning sensation. People often think of using it to help something like sunburn, but it can do more than that. It may be able to help with heartburn too because it reduces inflammation. This means when your tummy starts getting irritated and inflamed, or your esophagus is getting eaten away at, a nice glass of aloe vera juice may be just the thing to help calm it down.
You will need
- 1/2 cup aloe vera juice
Drink a ½ cup of aloe juice, by cooling or keeping at room temperature, before meals. Keep in mind that aloe vera can act as a laxative, so unless you’re looking to fit in a few extra bathroom by playing Sudoku puzzles, look for a brand that has the laxative component removed.
3Chew gum to avoid heartburn
One of the studies found out that people with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or chronic heartburn, experienced relief when they chewed a piece of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal. This is because chewing gum stimulates the salivary glands, and increases the flow of saliva. Any acid that gets built up in the gut is diluted and washed away more quickly. The clearance of acid then improves the symptoms of GERD. It is possible that the same type of thought could be applied to occasional heartburn as well.
You will need
- 1 piece of sugar-free gum
After a meal, pop in a piece of sugar-free gum and chew for 30 minutes to help ward off heartburn.
4Don’t lie down
Heartburn tends to get worse at night, thanks to the fact that you’re lying down when you sleep. Gravity works against you, and it’s easier for the digested contents of your stomach to back up into your esophagus, along with acid. Try elevating your head about 6 inches when you sleep by placing books, or hard-blocks under the lower side at the head of your bed. Lie with your back, straight. You could also try a wedge-shaped pillow under your mattress, but please do not pile up extra pillows as it’s easy to slip off of them at night. Don’t lie down within 3-4 hours after eating, because lying down with a full stomach makes stomach contents press harder against your lower esophageal sphincter.
Watch how you eat: Don’t inhale giant mouthfuls of food. Take smaller bites and eat slowly, allowing your some stomach time to digest and without giving it an excuse to pump out excess acid.
Watch what you eat: You’re probably aware that specific foods trigger heartburn, usually foods high in acid like tomatoes or citrus fruits or spicy foods. Avoid these as best you can to ward off
Watch when you eat: Don’t eat within 3-4 hours before bed. Lying down puts more pressure on your food pipe and increases the likelihood of acid sneaking through.
A tip as “do not”: Reused oil which was used for frying before, highly spicy, coke type drinks that give a lot of effervescence through nostrils old items of food kept in the fridge and recooked or made hot now, other than lean meats may be avoided maximum level.
5Get more acid
When you have acid burning your esophagus, it seems quite counter-intuitive to ingest even more acid. In many cases, though, acid reflux is caused by having not enough acid in your stomach, rather than having too much, as over-the-counter or prescription “acid blockers” imply (although that can also be the case, among other factors.) It is the acid itself that tells the lower esophageal sphincter to tighten and close off. If you don’t produce enough acid, your food pipe is going to think it’s no big deal to loosen up for a little bit. Then, of course, you get a reflux of acid into your esophagus. If you think this may be your case, try drinking some pure, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to see if this prevents your reflux, or cuts it off.
You will need
- 3 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 6 to 8 ounces of fresh water
Mix 3 teaspoons, or up to 1 tablespoon, of apple cider vinegar into 6-8 ounces of fresh water, and drink. You can do this before each meal (probably the most effective,) before bedtime, or 2- 3 times during the day. If you feel is worsens your reflux, do not continue to ingest it. Too much may also contribute to the problem.
6Eat a banana or an apple
Bananas contain natural antacids that can act as a buffer against acid reflux. If you want to try out the simplest home remedies for heartburn first, try letting a few bananas ripen up nicely and eating one every day. Another option is to try an apple a day. Slice one up and eat it a couple of hours before bedtime to relieve or prevent discomfort.
7Prepare ginger root tea
Gingerroot can help ease up a number of stomach woes, from nausea to acid reflux. Sipping a cup of fresh tea about 20 minutes before a meal can help calm down your tummy and act as an acid buffer.
You will need
- 3 quarter sized slices of gingerroot
- 2 cups of water
Slice up 3 quarter sized pieces of ginger root and simmer gently in 2 cups of water, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the ginger pieces, or leave them in, pour into a glass, and drink all of it about 20 minutes before a meal.
8Avoid tight fitting clothes at this time
Things cinched tightly about your waist or middle can worsen heartburn. If you have super tight jeans on, when you sit down, the waistband is going to sink into your abdomen region. Same goes for tight belts and even shirts can be a problem for some. This is because all of the above puts extra pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter, which make it more likely stomach contents, will push through and you’ll experience reflux.
9Smoking + alcohol = heart on fire
Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can set you up for terrible reflux. The nicotine and alcohol both work to weaken your LES, making it that much easier for stomach contents and acid to splash up into your esophagus. Alcohol is also going to irritate your stomach in general.
To soften your throat put crystal salt in slightly warm water and google in the mouth, after which in some minutes the relief will be felt in a natural way.
Although doctor’s prescription medications are available, if you suffer only from occasional heartburn, lifestyle changes and heartburn home remedies may be the route you want to take. Quit smoking, and drink less (if at all.) Doing both will improve your health overall, in addition to relieving acid reflux.