Heartburn Home Remedies

Heartburn is a common problem but several heartburn home remedies exist. Heartburn, sometimes referred to as acid indigestion or dyspepsia, refers to pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen. The pain is caused when the stomach contents, including acid and digestive enzymes, flow from the stomach up into the esophagus.  This irritates the lining of the esophagus and results in a burning feeling in the upper chest and an acid taste in the mouth. Pregnant women and the elderly are frequent sufferers of heartburn.

Heartburn is sometimes caused by health problems, such as:

Gallbladder disease
Lactose intolerance
Hiatal hernias
Ulcers
GERD

Frequent heartburn sufferers should see a doctor to determine the underlying cause. Pregnant women should also seek advice from a doctor. For others with occasional heartburn:

These heartburn home remedies will bring fast relief

 

  1. Heartburn No More – Check out this ebook, it was written by a heartburn sufferer named Jeff Martin. There is some great information in this book that could help you get rid of heartburn for good. Read this Heartburn No More review to see what it is all about.
  2. Drink baking soda and water – For fast relief, dissolve half a teaspoon of baking powder in 8 oz. of warm water and drink. This usually provides almost instant results.  If you are on a low-sodium diet, do not use this remedy due to the high level of sodium in baking soda.
  3. Loosen your pants – Tight pants push the stomach contents up into the esophagus and frequently cause heartburn, or make it worse.
  4. Chew gum – Chewing gum makes more saliva in your mouth, which helps to neutralize stomach acid.
  5. Eat a banana – Bananas have a natural antacid effect and can put a stop to heartburn.
  6. Take ginger root – Ginger is a natural remedy for indigestion.
  7. Try an antacid – Antacids, such as Tums, Rolaids or Maalox, can be taken after a meal to neutralize stomach acid. These usually provide fast, but temporary relief.  Avoid taking antacids every day because they can build up calcium levels way beyond normal and also can make heartburn worse if used frequently.
  8. Drink milk – A glass of milk (preferably 1% or skim) has been shown to neutralize stomach acid. This remedy is obviously not a good option for anyone who is lactose intolerant.
  9. Take an acid blocker – Acid blockers, or histamine-2 blockers, are available without a prescription. They keep the stomach from producing acid and should be taken 30 minutes before a meal. Popular acid blockers on the market are Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid AC, and Axid.  Check with a doctor before taking these medications if you are taking prescription medication.
  10. Try turmeric – Use turmeric powder (found on the spice aisle) in cooking, or take 1 or 2 capsules before a meal. Turmeric capsules are available at many health food stores.
  11. Drink chamomile tea – Chamomile is helpful for indigestion.
  12. Prop of the head of your bed – by sleeping on 2 pillows to control acid reflux.
  13. Drink water – Drink water during and after meals to flush out acid from the esophagus.

To help prevent heartburn in the future, avoid overeating and lose weight if you are overweight.  Eat frequent small meals, rather than large meals, and chew your food slowly. Also, avoid snacking before bedtime, since lying down shortly after eating can cause heartburn. Other things to avoid are chocolate, coffee, alcohol and peppermint, which all contribute to heartburn. If however, you find yourself suffering, try these heartburn home remedies.

Have you found heartburn home remedies that work for you? We would love to hear them, please share below!

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