4 Natural Remedies for Heartburn

Heartburn or acid re-flux is a burning pain felt in your throat and chest.

Its estimated that over 40% of Americans suffer from regular heartburn but almost everyone will experience it at some stage.
If you’ve ever experienced heartburn or suffer it regularly then this post is definitely for you.
What Is Heartburn?

Heartburn is acid reflux, which starts when stomach acid makes it way back up into the esophagus, resulting in a burning sensation in the chest. Your lower esophageal sphincter should stop food from re-entering the esophagus, however if the sphincter is weakened or relaxed, then heartburn will likely occur along with some of the unpleasant symptoms mentioned below:

  • Burning Symptoms
  • Burning sensation in the throat
  • Hot or acidic like fluid in the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chest pain or burning
  • A burning feeling in the chest after eating
  • The feeling of food being “stuck” in throat or middle of chest
  • Chronic coughing
  • Sore throat

Common Causes:
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Eating acidic foods
  • Overeating
  • Pressure on the stomach
  • High fat intake

So what can you do to relieve heartburn? Heres 4 ways to naturally relieve heartburn fast.

1. Rethink Your Drink
Unfortunately for coffee lovers, that morning cup of could be the reason behind your heartburn.
Caffeine can also cause your lower esophageal sphincter to relax, which allows acid to travel back up from your stomach, into your esophagus and cause those nasty heartburn symptoms.
But i get it, you love coffee. You need a solution.
Choose Dark Roasts
Dark roasted coffee beans retain less acid than lighter roasts. The extra roasting time also develops a compound that blocks acid production in the stomach. If you need to get your coffee fix, it’s best to opt for a darker roast or a brew that’s lower in acidity. Decaf coffee is also a good alternative because the amount of acid is reduced during processing.
Calcium Neutralises Acid
Calcium is used as an ingredient in antacids because it neutralizes stomach acid. You can get a similar effect in coffee by adding milk or cream. Low-fat milk is the healthiest choice because 1 tablespoon has barely a trace of fat, yet provides a little more calcium than heavy cream or half-and-half.

2. Switch Your Sleep Routine
Heartburn can keep you awake at night and lack of sleep can cause heartburn. A vicious cycle and one that normally leads to plenty of coffee in the morning to revive yourself. See the problem?
I was born with a weakened lower esophageal sphincter, so heartburn is a regular problem for me, or at least it used to be. Focusing on a better quality of sleep will do wonders for your heartburn, your food choices the next day and will help you steer clear of the coffee causing you heartburn in next morning.

Avoid Bedtime Snacks
Avoid bedtime snacks and try to keep your last meal of the day  to at least two or three hours before bed. You’ll have time to digest your food so that you don’t have to deal with pesky heartburn symptoms at night.

Sleep On An Incline
You can also try raising the head of your bed up to sleep with your head and chest elevated. Try using a special pillow designed to let you sleep at an incline or lifting the top part of your bed up a few inches with blocks. This can prevent the backup of stomach acid and ease digestion.

Sleep On Your Side
Finally, adjusting your sleeping position can help too. Ive never tried this one because i move around in my sleep so i know it wont work for me but studies have shown that sleeping on your left side can help with digestion while sleeping on your right side has been shown to actually aggravate heartburn symptoms.

3. Help Your Body Digest Food
An overlooked method to stop heartburn is to stimulate the digestion process.
Insufficient stomach acid can leave food sitting in your stomach which is a leading cause of heartburn and its symptoms. You’ve probably been under the belief that too much stomach acid causes heartburn, but in fact too little cause be a leading cause of heartburn, as it creates an environment in your stomach where food cant be digested properly.

Apple cider vinegar has a similar pH to stomach acid and can help promote a healthier digestive environment by mimicking stomach acid. It can also help treat some symptoms of heartburn, including gas and bloating.

Even a tablespoon in the morning should help, but if not then increase to 2-3 daily.

4. Chew Some Gum

Chewing gum can increase saliva production, which can dilute and wash away any acid built up in the esophagus. Your saliva becomes more alkaline and can neutralize the acid in your stomach, while treating the symptoms of heartburn.

Chewing gum may reduce inflammation and soothe your esophagus. Studies have shown the best time to chew gum is for an hour after eating and it can reduce symptoms of esophageal reflux and alleviate heartburn.

Chewing gum is definitely a handy remedy if your out and don’t have access to anything else that may help. Some believe flavour plays a role and that minty or peppermint flavours may aggravate heartburn but that hasn’t been my experience

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