How To Get Rid of Heartburn Naturally
If you’re an adult, chances are you have had heartburn or will have it at some point in your life. Heartburn is a broad-brush description of any burning sensation in the chest or abdomen area, sometimes even radiating up into your neck and jaw area.
What some people don’t realize is that heartburn is caused by acid reflux. Acid reflux is not necessarily the over-production of acid in your stomach, but a failure by your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to keep the acid in your stomach area.
In laymen’s terms, the acid from your stomach is actually burning your throat area, Crazy!
There are plenty of OTC and prescription medications for heartburn symptoms, and these can be excellent for the infrequent heartburn sufferer, or if you’re traveling. However if you find yourself suffering from heartburn fairly frequently turning to the home remedies below is definitely the route you want to take.
#1 - Baking Soda for Heartburn & Acid Reflux
Baking soda should always be your first choice when reaching for an effective heartburn home remedy.
Sodium bicarbonate, the active ingredient in baking soda, treats heartburn the same way over-the-counter medications do, by naturally reducing the amount of acid in your stomach, which will then relieve even your most severe heartburn symptoms.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 8-12 ounces of water
- Drink at the first sign of heartburn symptoms
- Don’t drink the mixture more than 3 times a day or you run the risk of offsetting your pH balance
#2 - Aloe Vera Juice for Heartburn & Acid Reflux
Aloe gel is typically used to treat and relieve skin ailments like burns, bug bites
, and cold sores
; but most people don’t realize that taking pure aloe gel orally can help reduce symptoms found from acid reflux such as heartburn.
Since you’re going to be consuming this orally ensure that the aloe you’re purchasing is 100% pure aloe vera gel and contains no alcohol.
- Add two tablespoons of aloe juice to water and mix thoroughly
- Drink the mixture at least twice a day, preferably before your eat a big meal
- This will ensure that the acid causing foods are thwarted before they can hurt your stomach
#3 - Chewing Gum for Heartburn
This may seem bizarre however studies show that people who suffer from acid reflux and chronic heartburn on a regular basis saw relief when they chewed a piece of gum after each meal.
The way this works is that the act of chewing the gum naturally stimulates your salivary glands which in-turn increases the production of saliva. This is an important step to helping your heartburn symptoms as the extra saliva helps dilute the acid potency in your gut.
- Chew a piece of gum after each meal
#4 - Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn
Drinking some apple cider vinegar may seem counterintuitive because vinegar is technically an acid itself, but using acid to fight acid is actually a great home remedy.
A common misconception about acid reflux is that too much acid in the stomach is the main issue, where actually the opposite holds true.
Introducing natural apple cider vinegar, which is made from crushed apples, bacteria, and yeast will help put your stomach to ease.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a glass of water and mix thoroughly
- Drink at the first sign of heartburn, and drink twice per day to help prevent heartburn
#5 - Hold Your Head Up for Heartburn
Typical heartburn sufferers will notice that their symptoms tend to get worse at night. This could be due to the fact that during this period of the day you are lying down, either on the couch or in bed.
When you’re horizontal gravity isn’t helping prevent the acid from the stomach making its way into your esophagus causing the burning sensation known as heartburn.
- Don’t lie down within 3-4 hours after eating
- If your back and neck can stand it try sleeping with your head elevated at least 6”
- For a subtler incline we recommend stuffing a few pillows under the head of the mattress
#6 - Change Your Eating Habits for Heartburn Relief
A large portion of everyday heartburn issues are unfortunately self-inflicted by the foods we consume.
Channing not only what you eat, but when and how you eat may be all you need to relieve your heartburn without any medication.
Things to Consider:
When Are You Eating?
If you are suffering from heartburn or other acid reflux symptoms, do not eat within 4 hours of going to bed. Laying down increases your chances of any acid in your stomach making it’s way to your esophagus.
What Are You Eating?
You need to start paying attention to the foods that trigger your heartburn. Foods that typically trigger heartburn are high in spice, grease, and acid such as peppers, fried foods, and citrus fruits.
How Are You Eating?
Start becoming conscious of how you are actually eating. This may seem silly, but it’s worth acknowledging. If you are usually the first person done eating, try taking smaller bites and eating a little slower. This will help give your stomach enzymes enough time to work fully through the meal
#7 - Cut the Alcohol for Heartburn Relief
If you wish to cut the burning from heartburn, it’s a great idea to look at your diet, more specifically your drinks.
Alcohol and even carbonated water can bring on the heartburn more quickly especially when consumed alongside a meal.
- Chronic heartburn sufferers should cut out alcohol, especially carbonated alcohol, for a week and monitor their symptoms for improvement
#8 - Apples for Heartburn
Another option for treating your heartburn naturally is to try to eat a whole apple every day. Apples are one of, if not THE, best fruits you can consume on a daily basis.
They are packed with vitamins and nutrients, and contain almost 20% of your daily fiber intake, making it a blessing for your whole digestive system. Apples are very low on the pH scale making them an awesome food to help relieve your heartburn.
- Slice one up and eat it a couple of hours before bedtime to relieve or prevent acid reflux discomfort
- (Tip) Squeeze Fresh Lemon on the apple slices if you want to keep them fresh
#9 - Organic Almonds for Heartburn
Almonds are a healthy natural remedy for treating heartburn and the best part is that they can be found in most people’s pantries. (They have been known to help remedy headaches as well
Almonds naturally get to work at stabilizing the acid in your stomach and actually are shown to help prevent the severity and frequency acid reflux.
- Make almonds your go-to snack throughout the day
- These are safe to eat between meals and as mid-day snacks as they won’t fill you up
- Only eat a handful of them at a time
#10 - Chamomile Tea for Heartburn
The ever-popular chamomile tea has been used for ages for treating a wide variety of ailments such as headaches
, sleep disorders, and of course upset stomachs.
The flowering heads of the chamomile plant contain herbs that when boiled down into a tea can easily help sooth the lining of your esophagus.
- Brew a hot pot of water on the stove
- Place chamomile tea bag in your insulated cup
- • Pour hot water over the tea bag and let it sit for at least two minutes (more if your heartburn symptoms are really severe)
#11 - Ginger for Heartburn
Ginger is an excellent home remedy used for treating all types of common stomach ailments such as motion sickness, nausea, gas, and diarrhea so it should be no surprise that ginger root can be super helpful at relieving acid reflux and heartburn symptoms.
The best thing about ginger is that it’s readily available at all grocery stores as fresh ginger root. To consume ginger you can pack in capsule form for convenience, but we recommend the soothing effects of making a tea.
- Bring a teapot or a pot of water to a boil
- Put 1 tablespoon of freshly ground ginger root in a coffee or tea cup
- Pour the hot water over the ground ginger and drink repeat as needed
#12 - Slippery Elm to Get Rid of Heartburn
Slippery What? Yes Slippery Elm is the name of a plant used for centuries’ to cure all kinds of problems outside the body like, open wounds and boils; and inside the body like ulcers, and diarrhea.
Slippery Elm naturally creates a lining between the acid and the lining of your stomach and esophagus.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of slippery elm powder to either water or milk
- Stir very well getting rid of all clumps
- Drink at least twice a day, and try to consume before bedtime
#13 - pH Smoothie for Heartburn
Let’s take a trip back to high school chemistry with a quick refresher in the pH scale. All you really need to know is that anything “7” and below is considered acidic, and above a “7” on scale is considered neutral or a “base”.
Because heartburn is caused by an imbalance of acid in your stomach, consuming more fruits that have a higher pH level will help normalize your stomachs heartburn symptoms.
A great way to get all the best fruits is blending them all up and chugging it down.
Try and target fruits with optimal pH levels, we recommend adding most if not all of these fruits:
- Mix with Natural Almond Milk
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn, also commonly known as Acid Reflux or Acid Indigestion, describes the intense burning sensation you feel in your chest area and even down in your central abdomen above your navel.
The uncomfortable burning has been known to radiate up through your neck area and throat.
When talking about all the components that are impacted by heartburn it can be somewhat confusing. This diagram below helps show you where your esophageal sphincter is located so you can have a better understanding of your heartburn symptoms.
What Causes Heartburn?
The burning from heartburn is typically caused by gastrointestinal acid making its way up into the esophagus, but what actually causes that acid making its way north can be caused by a myriad of reasons.
The most common of those reasons is the food and drinks we consume
Some common foods that we eat and drink stimulate increased stomach acid secretion setting the stage for heartburn.
But food and drinks are not the only culprits.
OTC heartburn medications may also exacerbate the overall issues.
Examples of these irritants include:
- Lying down sooner than 3 hours after eating
- Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Drinking too much alcoholic beverages
- Caffeinated drinks such as coke or coffee
- Carbonated Beverages
- Spicy Food
- Some OTC Medications such as Ibuprofen
How to Prevent Heartburn?
Because of the modern adults lifestyle of hard work and not so great diets, heartburn has become almost an epidemic. Here are some general guidelines for helping to prevent heartburn symptoms for the long term:
- Eat at Least Three Hours Before Bedtime
- Don’t Lie Down within 3 hours After Eating
- Avoid Spicy Greasy Foods
- Keep a Healthy Body Fat Index
Common Heartburn Questions
Is Constant Heartburn Something to Worry About?
Yes – Now don’t call 911 just yet, but if you suffer from constant heartburn symptoms more than 3-4 days a week your body is definitely telling you something. These symptoms could mean you have something as severe as a hernia.
Is Heartburn Just Caused by Bad Foods?
No – While the majority of heartburn issues are self-inflicted by the food choices people make, the food isn’t always the main culprit in your heartburn symptoms.
Are you able to Cure Heartburn Forever?
Yes/No – Most of the time heartburn is self inflicted meaning that when people make subtle changes (as mentioned above) they can definitely make heartburn a thing of the past. For those people who suffer from heartburn for other biological reasons, it may be something you have to deal with.
When Should You See the Doctor for your Heartburn?
If you’ve tried a handful of the remedies above and your heartburn and acid reflux symptoms are still lingering around at least 3 days a week it might be time to make an appointment with your doctor to determine if what you have is more severe than just heartburn.
For anyone that has suffered heartburn caused by acid reflux know that popping a few pills can help remedy the severe discomfort fairly quickly, but they are not without side effects, as well as being costly.
We know that picking a remedy from the list above can be somewhat of a trial and error process, but definitely one that will be worth it.
Don’t be like this guy ☺
Treat your symptoms heartburn symptoms naturally.
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