Five Natural Ways to Relieve Heart Burn and Acid Reflux

Hearts on Fire ..... (59/365)There is nothing quite like eating a good meal only to be plagued with painful heartburn and indigestion a few hours later. Before you reach for the bottle of Tums, we have some other natural remedies for you to try.

  1. Baking Soda: Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with water (or juice if needed) and drink it slowly. The baking soda will neutralize the stomach acid and make you feel better almost instantly. This remedy can be used often, but no more than 3 teaspoons of baking soda a day. It is also a good idea to not use it for more than a week straight since baking soda can lead to swelling and nausea.
  2. Eat a Banana or Apple: A banana or apple can help with the prevention of heartburn. Add one to your diet daily. You can also eat an apple or banana a few hours before bed to prevent any discomfort in the night.
  3. Dress Comfortably: Wearing tight clothing can increase the chance of acid reflux. The tight clothes put more pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter, which will push the stomach content and acid back up. Avoid tight pants, belts, and even shape wear, especially after a meal.
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar: It may seem weird to fight acid reflux with something just as acidic, but apple cider vinegar works. Mix one tablespoon with a glass of water or orange juice. It is also best to swish your mouth with water afterwards so that the vinegar does not affect your enamel.
  5. Chamomile Tea: While apple cider vinegar and baking soda works wonders on heart burn issues, it isn’t the tastiest solution. You can try chamomile tea after a meal to balance out the acidity of your meal, while also reducing inflammation in the stomach lining. Chamomile tea is also great for stress, which can be a trigger for acid reflux too.

The best way to treat acid reflux is to prevent it by eating healthier, avoiding trigger foods, and maintaining a healthy weight. For more severe cases of acid reflux, consult with your doctor. Chiropractic care has been proven to relieve heart burn in individuals, so remember that relief is out there.

 

Story Credit, Image Credit: Hearts on Fire by Steve Tolcher. Used under Creative Commons license. 

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