HOW TO GET RID OF HEARTBURN
It’s really funny how we can be brave regardless of impending danger. We know that food is too spicy or fatty but…d**n it, that’s what our taste buds crave and (swallows) it, in. we feel quite good and proud of ourselves for not allowing fear… (Choking…holding chest tightly…punching chest hardly….you know the rest of the story…).
Heartburn isn’t fun and it can make all the pleasure you derived from eating that meal fly out the window in the twinkle of an eye. For many people, and I’m also included, we are not ready to forgo our pleasures just because it can result in a heartburn. The quest then becomes how to get rid of heartburn so that it won’t erase the memories of our pleasures and replace them with incessant discomfort.
With that in mind, you can rest easy knowing this article is just about that. You will read how to eat your cake and have it in this article and in the cases where you can’t; you will at least learn how to deal with the aftermath of eating your cake anyways. So, relax, learn and more importantly, practice the tips that will be shared in this article. No more heartburns okay?
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn is the sensation you get when stomach acids flows into the esophagus. Heartburn makes a person feel like his or her chest is burning up. The esophagus which connects your mouth with your stomach has a closely knitted cluster of muscles that close after food enters the stomach. These muscles (lower esophagus sphincter or LES) are located at the rear end of the esophagus and when they weaken or slacken wrongly, then stomach acid can be transported back to the esophagus leading to heartburn. Heartburn is a fairly common experience and most adults will experience it at least once in their lifetime. Heartburn is also known to the medical community as Acid Reflux while the severe kind is known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.
Symptoms of heartburn include; sour taste in the throat, feeling like something is stuck on your throat, having short breath, dizziness, nausea, radiation at the arms and neck, loss of appetite/ fear of eating, difficulty in swallowing food or drink, coughing, sore throat and so on.
Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Heartburn
With these natural remedies, you will know how to get rid of heartburn fast at home and get the relief you desire.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera isn’t limited to skin remedies but its soothing properties can be orally ingested to get rid of heartburn. It reduces inflammation and calms things down in the stomach. Next time your stomach starts acting out and the acid wants to go haywire on you, just get aloe vera juice and drink to your relief.
How to use
- Get a brand of aloe vera juice that has no laxative
- Drink half a cup before meals
- Repeat anytime you feel like you are about to suffer an attack or when you already do.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Wait a minute! Just because it sounds counterproductive doesn’t mean we are not on the same page. You want to know how to get rid of heartburn naturally right? Then you are still reading the right article. Contrary to popular belief (in many cases, not all) acid reflux occurs because the stomach doesn’t have enough acid and not because it has it in excess. You would expect that when you don’t have enough acid, then the available one should stay where it belongs but that is not the case, it is that same acid that tells your LES to close up hence, the heartburn. Just take something strongly acidic like apple cider vinegar and everything will be back to normal in minutes.
How to use
- Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV in 6 ounces of water
- Drink before meal and also before bedtime
- You can also just drink it 3 times in a day
- Do this anytime you feel an attack is near or when you already have one.
If it worsens your heartburn, it may be because you already have enough acid or it’s just not suitable to your system. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t work as many people swear by it. But you will find something that will definitely work for you as well.
This is a wonder working natural remedy for heartburns. Baking soda is alkaline and will neutralize the acidic effect that burns your chest or throat. While baking soda doesn’t ascertain that your stomach acid will stay in the stomach, it does ensure that even if the acid travels upwards, it will be a harmless transportation thereby getting rid of your heartburn. You can use it as a preventive or curative treatment and many people attest to its potency. If ACV worsens your heartburn, chances are high that baking soda will ease it up.
How to use
- Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with 7 ounces of water
- Stir well and drink the whole mixture
- Note that this treatment shouldn’t be used for a period exceeding one week at a stretch.
Mustard is alkaline and will neutralize the acid that burns your throat and chest just like ACV. It contains minerals and other properties that will help you get rid of heartburn fast. It isn’t easy of course but just ingesting mustard without using it as any form of additive will soothe your heartburn fast. It soothes the pain and makes acid in your throat or chest harmless. If you take it early enough, it may even completely prevent an acid reflux from occurring.
How to use
- There isn’t much ado here, just brace yourself and take a teaspoon of mustard
- Take anytime you feel prone to an attack or during one
Ginger Root Tea
This is the ‘stomach knight’. It delivers the stomach from many troubles and we love it so. Ginger root tea is highly effective against heartburn as it strongly opposes any abnormal behavior in the stomach. It calms the stomach and sees to it that the acid stays where it belongs.
How to use
- Simmer some pieces of ginger root and simmer in water
- Leave for 30 minutes
- Remove the ginger pieces if you wish and pour out a glass of the tea
- Let it cool before drinking
- Do not eat until about 20 minutes after.
This is one of the daily routines you can imbibe to get rid of heartburns. By drinking a cup of chamomile tea, the chances of developing an inflammation in your stomach that will upset its acid is greatly reduced. Moreover, chamomile tea is also known for its stress- eliminating effect which will also reduce the chances of getting heartburn due to stress.
How to use
- Make fresh chamomile tea or use an instant version
- Mix one teaspoon or teabag in a cup of boiling water
- You may add honey or lemon
How to Prevent Heartburn
Note that heartburn doesn’t exist in a vacuum. While there may be cases that are of course, exceptional, the case still remains that there are many things we are doing that are boosting, if not causing our heartburns. It has therefore become a necessity to discuss these preventions as if they were cures because in fact, they are. No matter what you do to get rid of heartburn, if you do not adopt these lifestyle changes, you will still suffer, although unnecessarily.
Watch Your Weight
Your weight directly determines the pressure experienced by the stomach. When there is a high pressure on your stomach, then that means the LES is more likely to go to war against your throat. When you are overweight, you are more prone to even severe heartburn which means moderate heartburn is likely to be your constant companion. Get rid of the pounds that you don’t need as they might act as triggers causing you heartburn.
Watch Your Diet
What you eat, when you eat it and how you eat it is highly important in getting rid of and preventing heartburn. If you want to eliminate at best or at least, greatly reduce your chances of developing heartburn, then you have to pay close attention to each of these three factors.
Note that there are certain foods that naturally aid heartburn while there are some that instigate heartburn due to your system. The latter don’t generally cause heartburn but do so for you and it may take a while for you to figure them out without a food journal. The foods that cause heartburns include foods that have high acidic contents like tomato and citrus foods or foods that are too spicy. Eating banana or apple, both of which contain antacids that prevent acid reflux will keep you safe from heartburn as well. Even when you already have an attack, you can still use either of these two as a treatment option.
The time you eat also matters in the sense that if you eat and immediately go to bed, you may be in for a bad time no matter how safe the food you ate was. You have to give the food time to settle down in the stomach and if possible, it should already be digesting before you lie on the bed. Eating about 3-4 hours before going to bed is a safe bet. Also, note that you shouldn’t eat more food when you are still feeling full from the previous meal you ate. Eating such food may cause stomach acid to be transported to your throat.
How you eat matters because our stomach is quite civil and regards etiquette. It wants a fashionable treatment and anything less can result in heartburn. Therefore, chew your food thoroughly, do not ingest large morsels or gulp liquids swiftly. Feed yourself calmly and swallow likewise. This respectful treatment will ensure your peace in the long run.
Wear Loose Clothes
This isn’t far-fetched at all. Clothes that are tight at the waist or middle can directly cause and indirectly aid heartburn. Avoid tight waistbands and lines, tight belts and clothes in general. If your whole body is at ease, your LES most likely will as well and will not even be tempted to transport acid to where it will make you burn.
Avoid Drinking and Smoking
You will get serious reflux if you have the habit of drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. This is because the nicotine in cigarettes works with alcohol to upset your stomach. It is part of why people puke when they are drunk, if the tolerance level of your stomach is low or if you pushed its limit, you are likely to find yourself with heartburn. So, avoid both altogether or keep it minimal if you must.
Chew Gum Regularly
When you chew gum, you increase the flow of saliva which in turn, washes down and flushes acid build ups. Any acid that is not in the right place is transported right back to where it belongs. In addition to that, as you are chewing the gum, the stomach acids are also busy ready to aid digestion of whatever is being chewed. This keeps them at bay and cures your heartburn. It is also an effective way to prevent heartburn from occurring in the first place. You can chew sugar free gum for 30 minutes after each meal to prevent against heartburn.
Keep Your Chin Up
Heartburns tend to happen at night when you are all stretched flat because that is when gravity helps the acid to make its journey. You can totally prevent against heartburn by keeping your chin up when you lie down. This can be achieved by simply raising your head to about 6 inched higher than the rest of your body. You can do this with a wedge-shaped pillow or by raising the fore- legs of your bed. I will advise you not to depend on regular pillows as you can easily slip off those during the course of the night. If it’s not night, then straighten up completely; stand on your feet and don’t slouch or slump.