Treat Heartburn The Natural Way: Home Remedies & Prevention
Are you suffering from heartburn?! Save yourself from suffering with some easy home remedies for heartburn or GERD.
It feels really disgusting when after having a delicious meal at your friends' party, you have to suffer from a severe heartburn. Rather than cherishing the taste of the food, you have to have those tasteless antacids or PPI's (proton-pump inhibitor) to get relief. And the next time, when you go for any party, you have to resist yourself from having those delicious spicy foods so that you don't get the heartburn again.
Well, though it is called as heartburn, but it is not actually the burning of the heart. It is the burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone or in the epigastria (the upper central abdomen). The burning sensation or pain that often rises in the chest can spread to the neck, throat, or the angle of jaw. Heartburn occurs when the stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus (food pipe). It is called as acid reflux or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). It leads to the inflammation of the esophagus.
Some important points that you should remember:
Heartburn can often be confused with the pain that is a symptom of an acute myocardial infarction and angina. So, if your heartburn pain gets severe to a level that it becomes intolerable, immediately consult a doctor.
Heart attack symptoms and acid reflux symptoms can be very similar, as the heart and esophagus have the same nerve supply.
Causes For Heartburn
And what are the reasons that may give you heartburn?!
- Alcohol: Consumption of excessive alcohol, especially in empty stomach may lead to acid reflux and thus give you heartburn.
- Caffeine: Coffee contains caffeine. And too much consumption of coffee means too much of caffeine and thus heartburn. So limit the number.
- Aspirin: It also causes heartburn.
- Ibuprofen: Generally it is used as painkiller. So whenever you go for a painkiller, combine it with acid reflux inhibitor.
- Carbonated Beverages: Your favorite soft drink can give you heartburn too!!
- Acidic Juices: Juices of grape, orange, pineapple i.e that contains either citric acid or lactic acid etc. can cause heartburn.
- Acidic foods: Acid containing foods like tomatoes may also give heartburn.
- Chocolate: chocolates too contain caffeine. Though eating chocolate relives your stress but over eating may cause heartburn.
- Pregnancy, obesity, depression, improper sleep –these all can be a reason too.
Home Remedies For Heartburn
Have you tried a lot of PPI's and antacids, but found it of no use. Then let's try some home remedies.
- Baking soda: Take ½ teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with 1 glass of fresh water. Mix properly and drink. Being basic in nature, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) neutralizes the acid in the stomach and stops the reflux.
- Aloe Vera Juice: Having a great soothing power, aloe vera juice soothes your heartburn and relieves you. ½ cup of juice is enough for your savior.
- Banana: Banana is a natural antacid. Have one daily before bedtime.
- Ginger Root tea: Take 3 slices of ginger root; simmer it for 15-20 mins; add 2 cups of water to it. Remove the slices and drink it 10-15 mins prior to your meal. It stops your nausea, stomach woes and acid reflux.
- Mustard: It may give you a yak! feeling at first, but having mustard straight helps your heart burn. Being alkalizing in nature and because of the weak acid that it contains in form of vinegar, it helps a lot. Have 1 teaspoon straight!!
- Almonds: Eating almond after every meal or snack helps a lot to reduce heartburn. But don't start nibbling like anything. It may trigger other health issues.
Home Remedies to Treat Heartburn Naturally
Heartburn Prevention Tips:
- Don't sleep immediately after eating. This leads to improper digestion, hence abnormal acid secretion.
- Go for a walk every day. This helps your metabolism to go easy.
- Don't wear skinny dresses after heavy meal. This may suppress your abdomen and indigestion occurs.
- Eat up to 80% full. Leave some space in your stomach as this helps in proper digestion.
- Don't stay empty stomach for a long time. Hunger triggers the acid secretion.
- If you had a heavy meal at night, do some remedy before going to bed. Try to avoid heavy meals during night.
- Don't eat excessive oily or junk foods.
- So, take care of your meal, maintain a healthy routine and stay healthy!!