Heartburn is a common symptom that many adults experience. Heartburn is an uncomfortable sensation that occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. There are many over-the-counter heartburn medications that can calm the burn, but you can control heartburn naturally by some home remedies. Natural home remedies and lifestyle changes can help soothe the burn and act as an effective relief.
Baking soda can help relief an unpleasant heartburning because it is a base substance. It has a pH higher than 7.0, and therefore neutralizes stomach acid. Dissolve ½ teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink the mixture. This remedy is okay for people who occasionally experience heartburn but avoid using it regularly as it is high in salt and can cause side effects such as swelling or nausea.
A small study from the Journal of Dental Research showed that people with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or chronic heartburn, experienced relief when they chewed a piece of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal. Chewing gum stimulates the salivary glands and the salivary flow rate. Any acid that has accumulated in the gut is washed away and cleared more quickly. The clearance of acid leads to imroving the symptoms of GERD.
Aloe is a plant that is known for soothing burns, and this is the reason why it is able to help with heartburn too. Aloe vera juice can reduce any inflammation in the esophagus or in the stomach. Drink a ½ cup of aloe juice, cool or room temperature, before meals. Remember that aloe also works as a laxative, so consider buying a brand that doesn’t contain the laxative component.
Smoking cigarettes can increase your sensation of heartburn. The nicotine works to weaken your LES, making it much easier for stomach contents and acid to splash up into your esophagus. So you have to quit smoking for your overall health.
How, What, When:
Watch how you eat: Eat slowly and take smaller bites to allow your stomach to digest.
Watch what you eat: Avoid foods that trigger your heartburn such as spicy foods, caffeine, sodas, chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, onions, and high-fat foods. Also, try to include more fiber foods in your diet as they keep your digestive tract moving and healthy.
Watch when you eat: Don’t eat at least two or three hours before bed allowing your stomach to empty before lying down.