With 15 million Americans experiencing heartburn on a daily basis, it’s no wonder there are so many commercialized medications for relieving heartburn. But before turning to one of these medications, try considering a home remedy.
What is heartburn?
Heartburn is the burning sensation in the chest, caused from stomach acid backing up into your esophagus. Certain foods, pregnancy, and alcohol can all be heartburn triggers. Constant or frequent heartburn can be a sign of something more serious, so don’t hesitate to call your doctor if the symptoms are persistent.
Do not lie down.
That will only make it worse. Stay upright after eating, as gravity will help keep stomach acid down. Avoid bending over as well.
As soon as you feel heartburn rearing it’s ugly head, drink a glass of water. That will help wash the acid back down.
Chew on some sugar-free gum.
This isn’t something that will cure the heartburn problem in the future, but it has been proven to help relieve the pain after the onset of heartburn. This is an easy and quick way to soothe the pain, especially in public, such as at a restaurant. The gum-chewing produces extra saliva that helps neutralize the acid and pushe it back down.
Drink some tea.
Both chamomile tea and peppermint tea are both popular heartburn-relieving teas.
Drink vegetable juice.
The results are not always instant, but if consumed on a daily basis, heartburn should become a rare occurrence. Try juicing carrots, spinach, tomatoes and any other vegetables you like. If you do not have a juicer, then incorporate the raw veggies throughout your daily food consumption.
Try some ginger at the first signs on heartburn. Ginger helps relax the digestive tract, making it easier to process foods, which in turn can help eliminate the amounts of esophagus-traveling stomach acid. Ginger has also been known to help get rid of nausea.
Make a baking soda and water cocktail.
Note: Do NOT become greedy with the baking soda amounts, or you will make problems worse. And do NOT take this “cocktail” at all if you have high blood pressure or are on any other medications.
Baking soda has many uses! One being neutralizing excess stomach acid. Simple mix a half teaspoon of baking soda in a full class of water. Make sure the baking soda is completely dissolved before drinking.
Drink some milk. This is a back and forth solution, and it varies from person to person. Try this as a last resort before heading to the TUMS or doctor. Most agree that it helps right away. But then later one, when your stomach tries to digest the calcium from the milk, it creates more acid. For some, it creates a bigger problem. And for others, the heartburn is gone before the calcium digestion and further heartburn is eliminated.
Apples and apple cider vinegar.
Some people are convinced that these work. However, there is no scientific proof that either of these relieve heartburn. But since both of these are safe to consume, you can certainly try these if nothing else seems to work.