The best remedies for heartburn

July 22, 2014

You don’t need to be a doctor to know how to relieve the temporary discomfort of heartburn.

The best remedies for heartburn

Persistent attacks

Occasional heartburn is manageable and preventable, but persistent attacks offer a clue that something else is going on.

Heartburn triggers

There are a number of heartburn triggers including being overweight, overeating, high acid food, stress and alcohol. Heartburn can even be triggered by some prescription medications.

  • Whether looking into medicine or a lifestyle change, there are many ways to get relief.

I’m in pain – SOS!

Here are some simple solutions and natural remedies you can introduce into your daily routine.

  • Drink 1 cup of water or alkaline vegetable juice (carrot, cucumber, beetroot and radish).
  • Chew gum to increase saliva flow and neutralize acid.
  • Drink plenty of tea. Among some of the most effective herbs and plants are ginger, mint, anise, cinnamon, cardamom and marshmallow root.
  • Eat a banana to either relieve or prevent symptoms.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and a few drops of lemon juice in a glass of water; drink it immediately before it fizzes out.
  • Dilute 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in ¼ cup of water; drink it 30 minutes after your meal to prevent an attack.
  • Mix 1 oz of aloe gel with 2 oz of water.
  • Eat oats (oatmeal) for breakfast.
  • Have a (fat-free) yogurt a day.

What habits do I need to change?

  • Avoid fatty or acidic foods.
  • Reduce or stop your use of tobacco and alcohol.
  • Eat lighter meals but more frequently throughout the day.
  • Lose weight.
  • Avoid eating at least three hours before bedtime.
  • Stack your pillows, or place a book under the head of your mattress to create an inclination while you sleep.
  • Lie on your left side to provide stomach support and help eliminate acid.
  • Replace your table salt (acid) with sea salt (alkaline).
  • Eat foods rich in glutamine: eggs, milk, fish and spinach.

Over-the-counter antacid medicine

If natural remedies are not doing the trick, pharmaceuticals can offer temporary but effective relief.

  • There’s a wide selection of antacids and acid blockers available on the market, so don’t hesitate to ask your pharmacist for recommendations.

Persistent burning symptoms despite everything

You should be evaluated by a physician if you experience persistent discomfort, especially lasting more than a week.

  • Symptoms such as abdominal pain, vocal inflammation (raspy voice), changes in appetite, difficulty swallowing and weight loss may overlap with chronic heartburn.
  • If you’ve modified your habits, used known remedies but still suffer from stomach irritation, it’s time to make an appointment and get treatment.
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