7 Home Remedies for Heartburn
Heartburn can be an aggravating experience, especially if you suffer from chronic heartburn. Most people think the only option they have is to take an antacid and hope it works. Sometimes it doesn't. So what do you do?
On the bright side, there is hope. There are home remedies for heartburn you can use to get rid of that burning sensation. It is wise to ultimately take care of the root problem, acid reflux disease, because if you do not, you can cause permanent damage to the lining of your esophagus.
As a note of caution: A heart attack can mimic heartburn. If you do not get relief, you should be seen by a physician to ensure you are not having a heart attack instead of heartburn. This is especially true if you do not have a history of chronic heartburn.
The rest of this article will cover seven remedies for heartburn I have personally used.
Depending on who you ask will determine whether or not cinnamon is a home remedy for heartburn. Some people claim it causes heartburn, while others claim it cures heartburn. I have taken cinnamon and it seems to work for me. The key is not to use a lot. The main reason I take cinnamon is because it is a great remedy for diabetes which runs rampant in my family. While I am losing weight, I am still overweight and want to keep diabetes at bay. One of the side benefits for me is that I feel it has helped my heartburn. I guess this is one you will have to try for yourself. Do not take it in large doses because that can be harmful to your health.
There are several ways you can try cinnamon. You can chew it in gum, you can add it as a powder to oatmeal or other foods, or you can do my favorite thing and buy the cinnamon sticks from the grocery store and add it to tea. If you choose to do this, simply break the stick in half and add it to the teapot. It usually works for 2-3 pots before I replace it.
It should only make sense that ginger is one of the beneficial natural remedies for acid reflux. It is widely used for stomach indigestion and nausea. Think of how many times people have gone to the store to get ginger ale when they have the flu to help prevent nausea. Since ginger settles the stomach and helps aid in digestion, it prevents the stomach from overworking which is what adds to your heartburn woes.
There are several ways you can implement ginger into your diet. If you get sick, I do not suggest regular ginger ale unless you go to an alternative health food store that sells ginger ale with real ginger in it. You can also take ginger in supplemental pill form. They even have ginger candies that I take like an antacid from time to time. Ginger is very strong tasting, so I like to take it that way. It helps sweeten and dull the ginger. Yes, it has some sugar in the candy, but ginger is one of the main ingredients and it seems to work. You can buy ginger root. I suggest the organic variety. You simply cut off a strip and chew. This is not a pleasant option unless you don't mind strong, hot tastes. I go this route when I am nauseated.
Natural Home Remedies for Heartburn
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of the great natural heartburn remedies that is available to pretty much everyone. Most people carry it in their refrigerator so it is easily accessible. This alkaline wonder is great because it helps to offset the excess acid that is working overtime, creating your heartburn.
Chamomile tea is the most popular way to get chamomile. It has been used for many years to help people relax and sleep. It not only is a great natural remedy for insomnia, but it is also effective as a natural home remedy for heartburn. I drink chamomile on a regular basis, sometimes nightly, and I can attest that it helps me to relax so I sleep easier and it also has helped me get rid of heartburn.
Pineapple is such a good fruit. It is healthy and beneficial for so many different conditions, and mostly for the same reason. Pineapple contains an enzyme which is a natural pain reliever. It is called bromelain. Not only that, pineapples contain a lot of vitamin C which is very beneficial at helping treat many different diseases. The two I was most familiar with are gout and arthritis. The bromelain helps reduce pain in both cases. However, add at least a third to the list because bromelain also helps ease pain caused by heartburn. Pineapple also helps digestion which will help treat heartburn longterm. My family and I eat pineapple regularly because it is such a great health food. Socrates said to let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Pineapple is a good place to start!
Milk has been used at least in America for most of it's history to deal with "sour stomachs." Milk helps coat your stomach lining and brings pain relief to the burning sensation you feel with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), the root cause of heartburn. Can you see a pattern developing? Eat foods that aid in digestion as part of your acid reflux disease diet. This is a hard one for me to use, not because it doesn't work, I just don't like milk. Also, some people are lactose intolerant, so if that is you, consider using one of these other methods.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used by many people who choose home remedies for trying to get rid of their health issues. It has quite a few properties that make it effective in fighting heartburn. It contains potassium, and also helps digestion because of its probiotic features. It helps produce good bacteria for your intestines which helps you absorb nutrients more efficiently.
I'm not a big fan of the taste of apple cider vinegar, but I usually just dilute it with water and sometimes will add a bit of organic honey to it. I use Bragg's apple cider vinegar. You can buy it or most other brands at most health food stores. I suggest the organic varieties. Bragg's also sells an organic apple cider vinegar dressing that I actually do like and add to my salads. Kills two birds with one stone—healthy eating and heartburn fighter all at once.