At least once a month circa 60 million people experience heartburn. This is a burning and quite painful sensation in the chest region and stomach. It feels like a small bonfire was lit there and you are slowly turning into a mythical firedrake.
Of course, medications can be a good option but we all know that they’re costly and may be of no help at all. Besides, they often come along with huge list of side effects. That’s where natural home remedies come as good alternatives that can also save you from going to the pharmacy, especially at night. But if you suffer from it frequently or severely, it’s high time to see a doctor. There can be something more serious (e.g. GERD ‘ gastroesophageal reflux disease) under the guise of heartburn.
Here is a rundown on proven, highly effective and easy-to-find home remedies for heartburn that will help you to douse its flames in no time:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
It may seem strange but many people swear that apple cider vinegar is very helpful. Logical conclusion is that adding acidic vinegar to an already acidic environment should worsen the situation. BUT quite on the contrary! The thing is that the problem for many sufferers is too little stomach acid, and not the excess of it. One can take apple cider vinegar in capsule, tablet, or liquid form. If you have set your choice on liquid form, you should drink a glass of water with a tablespoonful of apple cider vinegar before each meal. In case you have run out of vinegar, you may also try eating a raw apple. It is sure to reduce the burning sensation and calm down acid production.
Bananas are not only a nutritious snack, but also a natural antacid. They spur the stomach lining to producing a protective layer of mucus. The fruit can be consumed either fresh or dried. Remember though, few people report that their heartburn is worsened by bananas.
3. Chamomile Tea
Prepare tea using chamomile and drink it after meals. It would help neutralize stomach acid.
4. Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera juice is able to control heartburn by reducing inflammation and healing the intestinal tract. It is recommended to drink 1/2 cup of juice before meals. Make sure it is intended for internal use and doesn’t contain laxative components. Don’t drink it excessively in a day, or else diarrhea and abdominal pain are guaranteed. Aloe vera juice is also available in capsule form.
5. Cardamom or Cinnamon Tea
Make teas from crushed cardamom or cinnamon to soothe your heartburn. Add 1 teaspoon of crushed herb to one cup boiling water, steep it, strain and drink. You can also use cinnamon sticks. Have this tea 1-2 times a day.
6. Chewing Gum
It sounds very strange but chewing a gum for approx. 30 minutes after a meal or sucking on a candy calms the heartburn. This happens because the salivary flow rate is stimulated and any acid in the gut is cleared more quickly.
7. Slippery Elm
Slippery elm is one of the oldest herbal remedies. This tree extract creates a protective coating against acid. Add a couple tablespoons of this powder to a glass of hot water. Drink several cups/glasses throughout a day.
8. Baking Soda
Baking soda is alkaline, thus it acts as a natural antacid. Dissolve a teaspoon of soda in a glass of cold water and add a bit of lemon juice. But don’t use it regularly because it’s high in salt and side effects (e.g. swelling or nausea) may follow.
Mustard is another highly effective home remedy, that helps you to get rid of heartburn. Have 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard with 1/2 glass of skim milk and your problem will be gone.
Always stay upright for a while after taking remedies. No matter how terrible you feel. Laying back down will make the situation worse. And remember what is good for one is bad for another. So these means may not work for everyone.