Home Remedies for Heartburn

Heartburn is a burning sensation just behind the breastbone in the upper central abdomen. The pain can radiate throughout the neck or throat, and is usually associated with regurgitation of gastric acid, which is a major symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Some causes of heartburn are unknown, but tends to be associated with gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome. For some, simply eating spicy foods can cause acid reflux, which irritates the esophagus, which causes the burning sensation. The stomach acids have escaped into the esophagus through a valve at the top of the stomach.

How can I prevent heartburn?

  • Researchers have compiled a long list of foods that seem to trigger heartburn. This list includes: alcohol, citrus fruits and juices, carbonated beverages, coffee, caffeine, chocolate, tomato-based sauces, high-fat foods, mint, and spicy foods. Avoid these if heartburn is a common occurrence. Think back to prior meals if heartburn strikes, as some other type of food may be acting as a trigger.
  • A plant typically used to soothe burns, Aloe Vera juice reduces inflammation in the esophagus and the stomach. Drinking a half a cup before meals can help to settle your stomach before the pain starts.

What are the symptoms of heartburn?

  • A painful burning feeling in the chest or throat triggered by a variety of foods, alcohol, and medication.

How do I get rid of heartburn?

  • Aside from an over the counter medicine, chewing gum for 30 minutes after a meal may eliminate heartburn by helping to clear out acid, which improves symptoms.
  • Baking soda, because it acts as a base, helps to neutralize stomach acids. Mixing a teaspoon with a glass of water will stop the occasional heartburn sufferer, but should not be used regularly because of its high sodium content.
  • Some research has shown that licorice has natural stomach healing properties, and may be beneficial to those with mild heartburn.
  • An herb called slippery elm has been known for centuries as a remedy for a variety of illness, and acts as a thickener of the mucous lining in the stomach, which creates a stronger barrier against acid.
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