There are many kinds of heartburn remedies. Most people suffer from at least occasional heartburn, but some people experience it a lot. It is often brought on by eating too much food, by eating certain foods, by eating too quickly, and it can be brought on because of stress or anxiety. It also could be a symptom of a chronic illness such as acid reflux.
There are three primary types of heartburn remedies:
- Natural remedies
- Lifestyle changes
Regular recurrent suffering of heartburn is not a normal situation that you should simply accept. If you have to endure bouts of heartburn more than twice a week you should visit your doctor. It is likely that you have a condition called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Your doctor will likely ask a few questions, run a few tests and prescribe medication. GERD can be treated and your symptoms can be reduced or eliminated. What’s more, frequent heartburn can lead to other longer-term and more significant health concerns, such as ulcers and cancer.
The most commonly used heartburn medications are antacids. These usually provide almost instant relief from the pain and discomfort associated with heartburn and indigestion. There are also some medicines that you can take beforehand to prevent the onset of acid reflux. Before you make regular use of any medications you should consult your doctor.
Natural Heartburn Remedies
Herbal remedies show some promise in treating heartburn and indigestion. Unfortunately, not a lot of research has been done in this area. One herbal product that has been the subject of a few studies, however, and appears to successfully reduce acid reflux, stomach pain, cramps and nausea is called Iberogast. This is an herbal compound that is made from several common herbs.
Melatonin has been found by a few studies to protect the digestive tract. A dietary supplement that contains melatonin, I-tryptophan, B6 and B12 vitamins and folic acid effectively relieved symptoms of GERD.
Many people believe milk is a useful cure for heartburn, and there is some measure of truth to this. It may temporarily relieve the burning sensation by buffering the stomach. However, the fat in milk tends to induce more acid production, so once the milk has been digested and filtered from the stomach you may be worse than you were before. If you are going to try milk make sure it is skim milk.
As strange as it may sound, chewing gum is effective in reducing stomach acid. Gum chewing tends to increase the production of saliva, which is an acid buffer. Chewing on a piece of gum also tends to cause a person to swallow more, which helps push the acid back into the stomach.
There are some bad lifestyle habits that contribute to heartburn. One of the best and longest-lasting ways to find heartburn relief is through fixing some of these habits. That’s not to say that these changes will be easy to make. Bad habits may be deeply entrenched, and it will take discipline to overcome them.
Eating healthier foods will reduce the likelihood of indigestion. However, some healthy foods can bring on heartburn, too. Caffeine, sodas, chocolate, acidic foods and high-fat foods are probably no surprise to you as being among the biggest culprits. However, included in the acidic foods are onions and citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons.
High fiber foods reduce indigestion and acid reflux by keeping the digestive process moving forward in the right direction.
Eat smaller meals more frequently, instead of “three square meals a day”. Also, when you eat consume your food more slowly. Take smaller bites, chew more carefully and thoroughly, and take pauses between bites. This will also help you to lose weight by lowering the amount of food you eat before you feel full.
Cut off eating at least two hours before you go to be if you routinely suffer stomach pain at night while trying to sleep. By cutting out nighttime eating you will not only make your stomach happy, but you will get a better night of sleep, too!
It probably comes as no surprise to you that losing weight, quitting smoking, and reducing caffeine intake and alcohol consumption will reduce the frequency of heartburn.
Tight pants and belts put extra pressure on the abdomen which contributes to stomach pain, especially after a big or heavy meal. This one should be pretty easy to change. Just wear a looser pair of pants, or don’t tighten the belt so tightly.
Many people suffer regularly from indigestion and acid reflux. Thankfully there are lots of heartburn remedies that are natural and reasonably easy to apply.