Curing Heatburn with Natural Home Remedies
Heartburn or acid reflux is one of those creature discomforts that everyone can do without, though with a few natural home remedies and easy preventative measures you can easily cure heartburn naturally.
Most people at some stage of their life will suffer or would have suffered from heartburn at some stage in their lives and around 20% of us will suffer from heartburn frequently and although the illness is not immediately life threatening, if the illness is left untreated there can be serious risks.
For people who suffer from severe heartburn on a regular basis, ‘more than once a week’. It’s strongly advised to see your doctor to get properly evaluated as regular heartburn or gastric reflux if left untreated can lead to esophageal bleeding and ulcers and can even lead to esophageal cancer.
For those who suffer from mild or irregular heartburn natural health remedies can provide an easy, effective and low cost solution to this painful problem.
By far the best way to cure heartburn is to prevent heartburn or acid reflux from taking place in the first place.
Here are a few tips to help you prevent heartburn.
- Don’t lie down after eating: water doesn’t travel uphill and acid doesn’t either, laying down after a meal is asking for trouble
- Avoid soft drinks with meals: all those bubble in soft drink can bloat your stomach and help contribute to heartburn
- Eat smaller meals: an obvious and easy cure to heartburn caused by overeating
- Take time eating: the longer you take to eat and ‘chew’ your food the better you will allow your digestion system to work
- Don’t eat when your highly stressed: try to make meal times a time for a quiet relaxed period, eating while your stressed out will cause you stomach to make excess acid
- Avoid fatty foods: high fat meals like triple cheeseburgers and fries are very hard for the digestive system to handle and will push acid production into overdrive to cope
- Never eat within 2 hours of bed time: for the same reason as laying down after eating, allow your body time to digest dinner before retiring for the night
- Reduce stress: stress causes excess acid production in the stomach so try various methods at reducing the stress in your life.
- Avoid heartburn triggers: these triggers can be different for everyone so it pays to remember what you ate just before a heart burn attack
There can be many reasons why people get heart burn attacks but the three most common reason people get heartburn are from overeating, from consuming a particular food or drink for them is a heartburn trigger and stress.
To prevent heartburn from overeating is a simple matter of eating less and take time to enjoy and ‘chew’ your food. This will prevent a sudden rush of acid to cope with the extreme influx of food. For stress it’s just a simple matter of adopting a number of relaxation techniques which suit you, whether that be meditating, going for a brisk walk or having a bit of quiet time with a book to distract yourself from your stresses before you sit down to it will help you take time to enjoy your food while reducing the amount of stomach acid your body produces thereby reducing the likelihood of heart burn.
Although for some people certain foods can act as ‘heart burn triggers’ and it’s a great idea to become aware if there are any foods which consistently give you heartburn especially when you eat them on an empty stomach.
Some Common Heartburn Trigger Foods include
- Citrus fruits
- Raw Onions
- Black Pepper
- Fatty foods
- Spicy foods
- Soft drinks
Some Excellent Natural Home Remedies for Heartburn
Aloe Vera Juice: is an excellent natural home remedy that can be used to soothe the esophagus from heartburn, although most people use Aloe Vera for skin problems many European countries have used Aloe Vera Juice to relieve heartburn. Only drink Aloe Vera Juice prepared for drinking as Aloe Vera in its raw form straight from the plant contains a powerful laxative.
Slippery Elm: a common remedy for sore throats in North America, Slippery Elm contains a gel like substance when mixed with water is said to coat the esophagus and reduce irritation from heartburn. Thayer’s produce a popular brand of Slippery Elm lozenges which can be used to treat the effects of heartburn.
Marshmallow: much like slippery elm places a protective coating on the esophagus providing relief from heartburn. Herbalists will often prescribe marshmallow tea and will often suggest to drink this tea three time a day although you may only need to drink the tea once a day if you suffer from mild heartburn.
Chew Gum after Meals: this simple practice can be surprisingly affective as chewing gum produces saliva which helps to neutralize excess stomach acids. for best results chew some gum for around 30 minutes straight after eating then drink half a glass of water.
Eating Celery: celery is highly alkaline so eating a stalk of celery after a meal or when you begin to feel heartburn coming on can help with the heartburn symptoms.
Apple Cider Vinegar: mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a tablespoon of honey with a cup of warm water and drink at the first sign of heartburn.