If you are a regular sufferer of heartburn and indigestion you will be glad to know that there are several effective heartburn home remedies. Although it is easy to turn to medications to solve our problems, home remedies have the advantage of being less expensive and easy to come by. They also tend to be natural, and thus easier for our bodies to take.
Home remedies for heartburn, acid reflux and indigestion tend to come in two flavors: Things you consume and changes to your lifestyle habits.
While it is common to suffer heartburn once in a while, especially after a big meal, many people could be considered chronic sufferers. If you experience heartburn more than twice a week you are a chronic sufferer and you need to visit your doctor to discuss the cause and the best treatment strategies.
Those who are chronic heartburn sufferers probably have a condition called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). This is something your doctor can easily determine and treat. It is important to take this seriously and get it resolved. Not only will your quality of life improve due to the reduction in bouts of heartburn, but you could be preventing more serious problems down the road, such as ulcers or even cancer.
Natural Home Remedies
Some people report success with this or that herb. Not much research has been done to verify most of these claims. There is one product, however, called Iberogast that has been shown to be useful in treating acid reflux, stomach pain, cramping and nausea. Iberogast is a composition of several common herbs.
Another one that many people say works quickly and effectively is a “spoonful of vinegar”. Not quite as nice as Mary Poppins’ remedy for taking medicine, but it seems that vinegar buffers the acid in the stomach, thus reducing or eliminating the symptoms.
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. Other dairy products, such as yogurt, may have a similarly positive effect.
One of the simplest home remedies is gum chewing. Yes, gum chewing. Chewing on a piece of gum stimulates saliva production, which buffers stomach acid. Also, swallowing is increases, which helps push the acid back down into the stomach where it belongs.
Some of these are easy to make and some will be difficult to make. If you are a chronic heartburn sufferer, however, they should all be worth the effort.
Avoid eating certain foods that are known to contribute to heartburn and indigestion. These foods include peppermint, caffeine, sodas, chocolate, citrus fruits, onions and any high-fat foods. Instead, eat more fiber-rich foods to improve your digestive process.
Reduce food portions. Reduce meal sizes. Reduce the size of the bites of food you take. Chew the food you eat more thoroughly. Take your time and eat slowly, enjoying eat bite. These will not only reduce or eliminate heartburn, but they will also help you to lose weight.
If you often go to bed with heartburn you should stop eating at least two hours before bed. If you find two hours isn’t enough, expand it to three or more – whatever works for you. You will reduce heartburn and improve sleep.
Lose weight, quit smoking, reduce caffeine and reduce alcohol. You probably knew these were coming. These may be hard changes to make, but will definitely make a huge difference for you.
Wear looser pants and loosen your belt. The wearing of loose fitting pants after a big feast isn’t just a sitcom gag. Tight pants put extra pressure on the abdomen which increases discomfort and the likelihood of heartburn.
Many people suffer regularly from indigestion and acid reflux. Thankfully there are lots of heartburn home remedies that are accessible, inexpensive and natural.