Heartburn is a frightening condition, it literally feels like your heart is on fire, but it is actually not your heart but your esophagus that is on fire or rather inflamed. It is a burning sensation or inflammation, in the chest, which may often rise up to the throat, neck or the jaw. One of its main causes is acid reflux, in which the acids in your stomach leak into the esophagus, the food tube that carries your food to the stomach. It is usually not serious and most of us experience it on a daily basis, although we fail to notice is due to saliva which washes down the acids back to the stomach. But for some people, it can be very painful, uncomfortable and annoying, it feels like your heart is smoking and sizzling so if you are experiencing frequent heartburn then its time to go to the doctor. Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee and tea, carbonated beverages and excessive alcohol if you experience heartburn regularly. However if you do like to dabble in homemade remedies, which consequently are also the best medicines, then here are a few of such home remedies that you can use to ease your discomfort.
10. Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera, a plant species used for a number of healing and soothing purposes can also be used to relieve heartburn. The juice of Aloe Vera is one of the most commonly used home remedies to cure heartburn; it reduces inflammation in the esophagus as well as the stomach. It is recommended that you take about ½ cup of Aloe Vera juice before your meals. But make sure not to take in too much, as it also acts as a laxative so you might end up with diarrhea and abdominal pain. It’s best to go for brands in which the laxative component has been removed and those specifically prepared for internal use.
Generally called the “healthiest food in the world”, almonds are packed with nutrients and good fats, so include them in your daily diet. 7 to 10 almonds every morning are highly nutritious and they also help to ease heartburn. If you’re experiencing heartburn, try chewing a few almonds or take a few of them before or after your meals. Whatever your preferences are, salted, roasted, skinned or almond nuts, just chew them thoroughly into a paste. The paste which consists of oil and almond juice will calm the acids formed in the stomach.
One of the main reasons why people experience frequent heartburn is that they lie down immediately after having a heavy or spicy meal. Don’t do that, instead go for a walk. Try walking around for 10 or 20 minutes after your meals. It is not only beneficial for your health it also relaxes your stomach and reduces the amount of time the stomach acids take to reach the esophagus. Try having smaller frequent meals instead of large heavy ones and make sure to wait 2 or 3 hours before you go to bed. It’s best to take a brisk walk; it not only burns a good amount of calories but will also prevent any inflammation or irritation of the stomach.
7. Fresh Fruit
Fresh fruits are other great readily available foods that can help curb heartburn, but make sure to steer clear of citrus fruits as they can trigger heartburn because of their acidic content. Fresh and great tasting fruits like bananas, apple, papaya, rhubarb are known to known an impact on heartburn. Bananas can be taken fresh or dried, whatever suits you as they are natural antacids, papayas can also be eaten fresh or you can go for apples, they are known to cool down the stomach acid. Eat them fresh with the skin on or put them in any of your desserts. They are fresh, tasty and keep the doctor and heartburn away. Juices of fruits like mango, pear and mango are help to treat heartburn as they cool the stomach thereby reducing any burning sensation.
6. Baking Soda
An old wives tale, Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda is a popular home remedy to treat heartburn. It is easily available and has shown to work instantly in relieving pain and discomfort. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water or lemon juice, and although it tastes terrible, it works immediately to neutralize acid and ease indigestion and inflammation. However it is recommended that you not try this remedy if you experience frequent heartburn as it contains salt and sodium and may cause nausea and swelling.
5. Herbal Tea
Herbal teas are also known to reduce heartburn. While black tea should not be taken by those who have regular heartburn, herbal teas like peppermint tea is a good option. It is naturally caffeine free and calms and relaxes the intestinal tract muscles, so go for two to three cups a day. Try taking it twenty minutes before each meal so it will get the digestive juices running. Another great option is Chamomile tea which also neutralizes the stomach acids and it is also taken as a stress reliever by many people. You can also try Fennel tea. Simply boil a few fennel seeds in water and to make it more effective, add a few drops of peppermint oil.
Antacid tablets are easily available and help to reduce stomach acidity. Over the counter antacids whether tablets or in liquid form are very effective. It is usually recommended you take a dose about every 6 hours but make sure you don’t take in too much as they can cause constipation and diarrhea. Take one before going to bed because heartburn usually happens at night when you’re lying in a horizontal position for hours at end or take them after dinner. You can also try making your own antacid at home by mixing ½ teaspoon of cream of tartar with ½ teaspoon of baking soda with water. It might taste horrible, but the effects are instant quick.
3. Cold Milk
Do not take hot milk if you experience heartburn as it will only add to more acid formation so go for cold milk. Sip a glass of cold milk free of lactose, it will quickly cool your stomach down and push the acid back down into the stomach. Sip a glass of cold fat free skimmed milk every 1 or 2 hours and you can also try other dairy products, if your heartburn is mild because this may not work for frequent heartburn. Buttermilk is also an acid reliever, sip it cold and it will quickly relax the stomach and the esophagus .For persistent heartburn try a yogurt based buttermilk, it can temporarily buffer stomach acid.
Ginger is one of the oldest remedy for heartburn. It is an indispensable spice in Indian kitchens and rightly so because it is not only delicious but is also known for its medicinal properties. To prevent heartburn you can add it to food when it’s being cooked or have it raw or go for the best and the most soothing option, ginger tea. It is aromatic, calming and works wonders. Try chewing some fresh raw ginger before your meals, it is not only anti-inflammatory but it also absorbs the stomach acids. You can also try a ginger broth, simply put some grated ginger or sage along with a few herbs in boiling water and drink it. It will relieve you of heartburn caused due to acid indigestion and most of all; it’ll have a nerve calming effect. Ginger tablets are also available at your local drug stores.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV as it is commonly known is a wonder drink; it helps to ease digestion and also releases toxins from the body. A lot of people take in a teaspoon of ACV every day for its benefits. It works not only for your hair, skin but also for your body. There a number of options, you can take a tablet, capsules or liquid. Liquid ACV has a very unpleasant taste so add a little honey to make it bearable. Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 2 or 3 parts of water and take it before or after your meals or in the morning to reduce heartburn and promote digestion.