Heartburn as the name suggests causes a burning sensation from your stomach up and for some may seem to centralize in the chest area. Heartburn has nothing to do with your heart. Known by doctors and other in the medical community as acid indigestion, this uncomfortable and sometimes painful condition worsens after eating certain foods, drinking certain beverages, bending or lying down. Acid indigestion or heartburn is sometimes a symptom of acid reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD for short, which can erode the lining of your esophagus and lead to long term problems. There are many prescription and over the counter medications available to those suffering, but many are ineffective and some people just don’t like to be dependent on medication.
Nature has provided us with many avenues of relief. Natural home remedies for heartburn are not only effective, but give the sufferers the peace of mind in knowing exactly what they are putting into their bodies. Natural remedies are for those who suffer from occasional heartburn. If you have chronic heartburn, see your doctor or medical professional to rule out a more serious condition before starting home remedies.
Fennel is a root vegetable also known by the name anise has a very pleasant light licorice taste and crunches like celery.
Wash and cut the fennel bulb – the white portion at the bottom and have one or two pieces after meals.
Fennel promotes digestions and helps to neutralize stomach acid.
Papaya is available as a fresh fruit, juice or comes in a concentrated capsule form.
Eat papaya after meals or drink 2 to 4 ounces of papaya juice with meals. If fresh papaya or juice isn’t available, take a papaya capsule to alleviate heartburn.
Add almond milk to your diet. Replace cow’s milk or goat’s milk with almond milk.
Almond milk is more soothing and will help to prevent heartburn when acid indigestion is caused by dairy products.
Take activated Nature's Way Charcoal Activated, 100 Capsules (Pack of 2) charcoal capsules before meals to prevent heartburn by neutralizing stomach acids.
Add fresh ginger to your diet or buy dried ginger and brew tea. Avoid most ginger ale soda unless it is a natural soda and has ginger as an ingredient. Most store bought sodas do not have enough ginger to be effective and contain too many chemicals and calories.
Boil 1 cup of water.
Add 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger to the boiling water.
Let the ginger steep in the boiling water for three to five minutes.
Strain the water into a cup to remove the ginger.
Sip the tea after meals to prevent heartburn or soothe the burning sensation.
Other Heartburn Soothing and Preventative Teas
Choose one of the following dried seeds: caraway, fennel or anise seed. All are equally effective base your choice on your personal preferences.
Boil 1 cup of water.
Add 2 teaspoons of the seed of your choosing.
Allow the seeds to steep for eight to 10 minutes.
Pour the tea through a strainer or coffee filter.
Sip the tea after meals or when bouts of acid indigestion strike.
Cinnamon or Cardamom Tea
Boil 1 cup of water.
Add 1 teaspoon of either ground cinnamon or powdered cardamom.
Let it steep for five minutes or so.
Stain the tea and sip.
Marshmallow Root or Slippery Elm
Pour a cup of very warm water and add 1 teaspoon of marshmallow root or slippery elm.
Stir until the powder dissolves and drink.
Repeat four times per day.
Typically, acid indigestion suffers find more benefit from marshmallow root than slippery elm.
Vegetables to Put Out the Fire
Choose one or all of the following vegetables to juice or snack on raw – not cooked.
Use dried lavender or essential oil around the home to promote a calm feeling.
Many times heartburn is caused by excessive mental stress and using natural calming agents can reduce the incidence of heartburn.
Take a warm, soothing bath.
Get a massage.
Go for acupuncture.
Read an inspirational, calming book before bed.
Listen to calming, peace music.
Take a leisurely stroll.
Engage in biofeedback.
Do whatever makes you feel calm and helps you to reduce your stress levels because high stress is a huge contributing factor to bouts of acid indigestion or heartburn.
Other Ways to Relieve, Prevent or Get Rid of Heartburn
Stop smoking. Besides being bad for your health in other ways, nicotine can weaken the muscle that controls the flow of stomach acids and allow the acid to back up, which causes heartburn.
Lose weight. Excess weight puts excess pressure on the stomach, which in turn causes the stomach acid to move up the esophagus and cause heartburn.
Eat smaller meals. Many heartburn sufferers feel the pain and burning of acid indigestion after eating a large meal. Overfilling the stomach will contribute greatly to heartburn.
Eat well before bedtime. Some heartburn sufferers feel the burn as soon as they lay down. Many times simply eating an hour or two earlier will help to alleviate the symptoms.
Keep a journal of the foods you’ve eaten and note which foods cause heartburn. Avoid the foods that trigger attacks.
Don’t wear tight clothes. Tight clothes press on the stomach, the excess pressure can trigger heartburn.
Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol commonly produces heartburn symptoms. It’s actually better to avoid alcohol entirely.
Drink more water. You’ve heard the 8-8 rule – eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day – it’s a rue for a reason. Sometimes mild dehydration will set off heartburn symptoms.
Slow down when you eat. If you eat too quickly, you will become full before your brain knows it, which results in overeating. Or, your stomach cannot handle the food entering so quickly and reacts by producing more acid.
Chew sugarless gum to increase your saliva production. Saliva neutralizes acid.
Raise your head when sleeping forcing gravity to keep the acids where they belong.
Lay or sleep on your left side, which helps stomach acid stay in your stomach.