Heartburn is a discomfort or pain in your chest. The pain feels under the breastbone (sternum) most of the time. It will be an unpleasant feeling, no wonder we all are familiar with it. Home remedies for heartburn and acid reflux are not so different. Because heartburn is a sign of acid reflux. One well known used natural remedy for heartburn is “calcium”. You can get calcium from different foods e.g. milk, soya beans, white beans, almonds etc.
If you found that you are taking antacids frequently each week and they are like candies to you. You are at risk of developing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux disease.If you take antacids more than twice a week then it’s time to see a doctor. Most of the women complain about heartburn during pregnancy, especially at later pregnancy. Our easy home remedies will also work for them.
Do natural or home remedies for heartburn works?
There is lots of natural home remedies for acid reflux and heartburn that might work for you. Actually, it varies person to person. But the following remedies are well known home remedies for heartburn.
Chewing gum: It may sound weird, but it really works. Chewing gum makes you to swallow more often and it allows growing of saliva. Try to chew sugar free gums.
Oat Meal: Oatmeal eating, especially at breakfast is very healthy. Make oatmeal and add fruits like banana, strawberry or you also can add yogurt with tasty fruits.
Raw almonds: Raw almonds are found very much effective. It will give you relief in few minutes. Take 8-10 raw almonds.
Aloe Vera juice: Try two teaspoon of Aloe Vera. Mix up with water and take it. Try this at morning before breakfast. You will get rid of heartburn.
Ginger: Ginger is one of the oldest home remedies for heartburn. You can take raw and fresh ginger or make a cup of tea. The ginger is also can be taken with little warm water and honey, you can also add some basil leaves to this mixture.
Apple cider vinegar: It is also found the apple cider vinegar works quickly in case of heartburn. Apple cider vinegar performance depends on the brand you are choosing. Try to choose prominent brands. It will give you temporary relief, but remember it is a acidic drink itself. If you use it for long term, there can be some bad effects. So it is not fully recommended.
Fruits: Eat papaya and banana. It will give you instant relief.
Milk: Milk is really good to get rid of heartburn. Take warm milk, hope your heartburn will be vanish within 15 minutes. You can also crush some almonds and mix it with milk.
Baking Soda: Make a mixture of baking soda with half cup water. The tastes of the mixture is not so great. Think it as a medication and take it. Baking soda is more helpful in case of heartburn.
Water: If the burning is not so severe. You are only feeling discomfort. Then water is the best remedy. Drinking more water has no side effect. The more water you drink, you will get rid of irritating sort term disease (e.g. urination problem). Water splashes away the acid from the esophagus and can give relief. It is recommended to drink 2-3 liters water everyday. Drinking more than 3 liters of water can be harmful, specifically for kidney in some cases.
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Do herbal home remedies work for heartburn?
There is not much research on herbal remedies for burning. But it doesn’t mean it will not work. The well known herbal products, recommended by researchers is “lberogast”. It is made of nine different herbs. They are as follows:
- German chamomile
- Milk thistle
- Lemon balm
- Greater celandine
- Clown’s mustard plant
One risk factor remains here. Peppermint can worsen heartburn in some cases. If you found previously you had problem with peppermint. don’t take it.
What food i should avoid to get rid of heartburn?
Eat healthy, eat green. Avoid the following foods and consider them as a primary step of home remedies for heartburn. Here is a details list of food to avoid with heartburn.
- All kind of fatty food and highly spicy food
- Avoid red meats (e.g. beef, pork and lamb). They remain in stomach for a long time than other foods.
- Deep fried foods (e.g. fried chicken, french fries)
- Citrus fruits which will increase the stomach acid. (e.g. lemon, orange, kiwi etc.)
- Avoid smoking and alcohol.
- Avoid carbonated beverage drinks.
- Avoid chocolates and ice cream.
- Avoid tea, coffee. They contains caffeine. Caffeine will relax LES.
Does lifestyle change works as home remedies for heartburn?
Yes, certain life style change will work for heartburn reduction. Try to maintain a reasonable weight. Also try:
- Cycling or walking is a good exercise. Try at least 30 min walk each day. when you ride on a cycle it also gives an exercise of belly and helps to digest quickly.
- Sleeping position. Try to sleep at your left and use pillows to keep your heads up. With the help of gravity it will help you to keep the stomach acid downward. It will prevent night time burning.
- Take food at least three hours before going to bed.
- Small meals through the day instead of eating a large meal.
- Chew foods and don’t eat quickly.
Even children are not free from acid reflux. One of the major reason is their digestive system is not mature. here is a details of home remedies for acid reflux in infants. If you feel heartburn more frequently, then don’t rely only on the home remedies. You should consult with a doctor immediately.