Heartburn and Acid Reflux is a big issue for many people. It affects many people for many reasons. It is a burning feeling that is triggered by certain food, drinks and activities.
Alcohol particularly red wine, caffeine, citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are all popular triggers for heartburn. Tomatoes, chocolate, garlic, black pepper and raw onions are others.The good news is that there are some great natural remedies that can help you.
Heartburn often occurs after eating fatty, fried, or acidic foods. The burning sensation is caused by acidic stomach juices rising into the esophagus when the valve between the esophagus and stomach does not close properly.
According to Dr Axe some prescribed meds may even be contributing to the symptoms. He has some excellent supplement suggestions in his infographic above including Digestive Enzymes, HCL with Pepsin, Probiotics, Magnesium and L-Glutamine.
Acid inhibiting drugs that may be prescribed have been known to have adverse effects and even increase the chance of heart attack. Always consider natural alternatives over prescription and a health professional’s advice should also be sought.
Stress and a lack of sleep can also increase acid reflux and heartburn. According to web health solutions, smoking relaxes the LES and stimulates stomach acid. This is a major contributor of the condition and just another reason that if you are still smoking, you should be giving it up as soon as possible.
There are a number of foods that you can eat that can greatly reduce your Acid Reflux flare ups. Almonds, Cucumber, Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey are just some of the great choices. Kefir and Yogurt and Fermented Vegetables are also other alternatives.
Bone Broth also makes the list and when used regularly can reduce body inflammation substantially.
As mentioned previously, the good news is that there are natural alternatives to harsh and dangerous medications and many of the ingredients may already be hiding out in your pantry. This list of 5 popular remedies is a great place to start. Let’s look in depth.
1. Baking Soda
Baking Soda is known to have many uses around the home but it also has excellent properties to aid with your heartburn. Being a natural antacid it will give you relief within minutes.
2. Fennel Seeds
Fennel Seeds are another secret weapon. Chew them several times a day and you will have the benefit of fresh breath but it will also reduce the production of stomach acids.
You can also drink Tea made from Fennel Seeds.
3. Mint Leaves
Chewing Mint Leaves is also effective and aids digestion. It has soothing properties.
4. Fresh Ginger
Fresh Ginger is another very popular home remedy. It helps absorb acid in the stomach and helps to calm your nerves. You can spice up your meals with it too.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is another favorite. It has very good soothing properties. Aloe Vera Juice will reducing inflammation and healing the gastrointestinal tract.
How To Make Baking Soda Heartburn Remedy
As mentioned previously, Top 10 Home Remedies suggest Baking Soda and water to be an easy, inexpensive and effective cure. All you need to do is mix 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda in water and then drink it and they say, immediate relief results!
Apple Cider Vinegar Heartburn Remedy
Over on the Empowered Sustenance site they suggest Apple Cider Vinegar as an excellent alternative. ACV is a natural antacid so it is in the good basket when it comes to acids.
All you need to do is add 1 Teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1/2 Glass Water and mix it together and sip while eating your food. They say you will notice a big difference.
Honey is also a natural soother and is therefore excellent for Heartburn. This Happy Tummy Honey recipe from Living Awareness is one to definitely try.
Here’s the Ingredients
- 1 cup Honey
- 2 Tablespoons Powdered Fennel Seeds
- 2 Tablespoons Powdered Coriander
- 1 Teaspoon Powdered Cumin
Simply mix up your ingredients and then store it in a sterilized jar. It should steep for a couple of weeks. You then can use it in hot water as you would a regular Tea.
Apart from stress, sleep deprivation is another cause of heartburn and if this is something that you find difficult, we suggest you read our post here.