5 home remedies to easing Heart burn
Have you ever had a burning, hot, tingling sensation in your throat and chest region, usually after eating? This is what is referred to as heartburn – a common occurrence in adults – and is caused when acid re-fluxes back into the esophagus. Certain foods and drinks can aggravate acid production in the stomach, which permit acid into the esophagus:
- Carbonated beverages
- Acidic juices
- Acidic foods
There are numerous over-the-counter medications (antacids) to coat the esophagus and bind any excess acid in the stomach. But for those who prefer natural, home remedies, there are surprisingly many online but I’ve listed 5 family and friends have sworn by and although I can’t claim I’ve tried them all, the ones I have tried are surprisingly effective.
- Chew gum: chewing a piece of sugar free gum after meals helps stimulate salivary glands and quickly flushes away any accumulated acid in the gut. This stops the acid from coming up into the esophagus. When I eat spicy or food made with beans, I know to chew minty gum or else heartburn is will surely creep up.
- Get more acid: as odd as this tip seems, it is not as counter intuitive as I first thought after trying it during my most recent experience. Especially since acidic foods and drinks seem to aggravate acid production, there are some types of heartburn that is caused because there is not enough acid in the stomach. This is because not having enough acid communicates to the lower esophageal sphincter to loosen but when you now ingest acid such as vinegar or a lime juice mixture, your esophageal sphincter tightens and the acid in your stomach isn’t ‘splashing’ up to your esophagus. I’ve never tried this method and maybe it’s because my type of heartburn isn’t caused by too little acid, but I guess it works for some.
- Teas: the two types of teas I found to help with heartburn are ginger root and chamomile. Ginger root is traditionally great for stomach upsets, nausea and acts as an acid buffer, which is great for heartburn. Chamomile is a great relaxer but also helps reduce inflammation in the gut. This helps balance the acidic content in your stomach, helping to ease heartburn. Real ginger always works faster for me than using the packaged ginger root tea.
- Eat natural antacids: fruits such as bananas and apples are natural antacids which coat the stomach and esophagus. Eating such fruits after the same relief as taking an over-the-counter antacids for relieve.
- Alkalizing diets: foods like whole fruits, vegetable, mustard and some types of whole grains are alkalizing foods. They contain a weak acid (vinegar) that helps neutralize the juices in your stomach, helping to relieve heartburn.