Do You Suffer From Indigestion?
Try Out These Simple Chronic Heartburn Remedies
Acute Indigestion affects millions of people throughout the world. If you're one of them, you probably already know how debilitating the condition truly is. The pain is often unbearable during the day, and at night it keeps you awake. Simply put, chronic heartburn negatively affects your quality of life.
But that doesn't mean you have to roll over and let acid reflux and other indigestion disorders control your life. Thankfully, there are several ways to reduce or even get rid of heartburn. They range from simple lifestyle changes to surgery, and cover everything in between. So if you've been fighting that chronic burning feeling in your throat, I implore you to check out some of these "Chronic Heartburn Remedies."
But first, I highly recommend that you speak to your doctor about your condition, and for several reasons. For starters, he or she can help determine what kind you have (yes, there are different types of heartburn), but more importantly your doctor can make sure that you're not actually suffering from a much more serious problem, such as a heart attack! Remember: Heartburn sucks, but dying is even worse!
Speaking of doctors, I should point out that I am NOT one. While I have plenty of experience with chronic acid reflux and have spent countless hours researching the condition and even applying many of these indigestion remedies, I am not a medical expert. So please do not consider any of this official medical advice - go see your doctor for that.
Okay, now that I've covered my legal bases, let's get on with the good stuff.
Let's start with the easiest, then work our way into the more advanced heartburn solutions.
All Natural Indigestion Remedies
In many instances, heartburn and acid reflux are caused by lifestyle and environmental problems. By making a few simple adjustments to your diet, activity levels and sleeping patterns, you might find yourself without that familiar pain in your throat - and you won't have to spend a fortune on antacids, over-the-counter medication or prescription-strength drugs.
Relax. Stress can cause some massive heartburn, so if you're pushing your emotional, intellectual and physical limits on a regular basis, you might be looking at your problem. While saying "Don't stress out" is easier said than done, it's certainly worth your time to try. Find your happy place, and learn how to go there. If you're looking for ideas, consider some of these popular ones: Yoga, meditation, spa therapy, massage, exercise, walking and even relaxation hypnosis.
Overhaul Your Diet. Most people don't realize how terrible their diets are until it's waived in front of their faces. While I'm certainly not trying to wave anything in front of your face, I would like you to take a long, hard look at the food you put in your body, and then think to yourself, "Are these the foods that cause heartburn in my life?" I could go into a detailed list, but instead I'll leave you with a really simple rule: If you have to justify it, it's probably not that good for you. That goes for fast food, fried foods, processed foods, chemical drinks (such as soda pop) and anything laden with preservatives.
Drink More Water. Technically this one probably ties into my last category, but it's super important so I wanted to give it special attention. Dehydration is never good, and when your body doesn't get enough water it often responds in less-than-desirable ways. For many people, this includes acid reflux. So drink plenty of water, and reach for it when you're thirsty instead of other beverages. Sometimes something as simple as drinking water can cure heartburn, so give it a try.
Get Some Sleep. Your sleeping patterns can cause indigestion, so make sure you're getting plenty of Z's every night. Yes, I realize that this might be a catch-22, especially if your heartburn keeps you up. But if you're not getting a good night's sleep, it's imperative that you figure out how to get some good shut eye, otherwise you'll forever end up in a viscous chicken-and-egg cycle. If need be, talk to your doctor about pharmaceutical sleep aids.
Get Exercise. Our bodies were built for movement, but in our modern society many of us spend the majority of the day sitting down. Our hearts, lungs, muscles, joints and organs need physical simulation to stay sharp. Besides, exercising is a great way to reduce stress, look better and feel more confident. So even if you don't kick your heartburn, at least you'll feel like a million bucks in other ways.
Holistic Heartburn Cures
You'd probably be surprised at the little tiny "tweaks" you can make to your current lifestyle that could alleviate your indigestion and acid reflux problems all together. If the suggestions I outlined above aren't cutting it (and you're not interested in popping antacids and prescription heartburn pills for the rest of your life), maybe you should consider an all natural heartburn program.
Heartburn No More sells for under $40, which is less than I used to spend on antacids and prescription acid reflux medicine each month, making it a sound investment both in my health and my finances.
Over The Counter Heartburn Medicine
Rolaids. Tums. Pepcid. Tagamet. You've probably used many of these already, or at least seen them advertised on TV. These are all available over the counter without a prescription, and are on the shelves of just about any drug store and grocery super market.
Chewable antacids, like Tums and Rolaids, are usually the cheapest; whereas the pills like Pepcid and Tagamet cost a little more.
Be sure to read the warning label on the packaging before taking them - better safe than sorry!
Prescription Strength Acid Reflux Medication
I remember the first time I saw John Elway pitching acid reflux medicine on the TV and thinking to myself, "If heartburn is enough to bother a tough NFL quarterback, then it's okay for me admit that I'm in pain." Oddly enough, I always considered such conditions "wimpy" and was border-line ashamed of them before Elway's campaign. But I digress.
There are several acid reflux medicines on the market, and your doctor can help determine the right one for your individual needs. Talk to him or her about your heartburn symptoms and work together to find a medical solution to your acute indigestion.