Heartburn is caused by chronic indigestion that feels like a burning sensation in the heart. For first timers, it is hard to figure whether it is due to the acid reflux into the esophagus or a genuine heart condition. However, by paying attention to whether you are excessively sweaty, short of breath or palpitating, you can figure out whether it is indeed heartburn. Several home remedies for heartburn are available that will help you if you don’t get immediate medical assistance. Following 11 home remedies for heartburn are most effective and they help relieve all burning and inconvenience.
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1. Drink a glass of cold milk
Taking a glass of cold milk after a meal will help prevent acid reflux into the esophagus. It will coat the stomach lining and reduce any inflammation in the esophagus to help reduce heartburn. However, milk is only a temporary solution to heartburn. In the long run, the fats in milk may stimulate more digestive juices. Hence cold milk is a quick fix but not all the time.
2. Chew on sugarless gum
Chewing in general promotes production of saliva. Hence chewing gum after a meal will help create more saliva that will push back the acids from your esophagus back into your stomach.
3. Chew well while you eat
While chewing gum helps, chewing well while eating might actually prevent excess acid production and reflux or regurgitation. The rule is to chew, as many times as there are teeth in your mouth so you activate all the salivary glands in your mouth. Counting the number of times you chew is quite distracting. A good rule of thumb is to chew for as long as there is food in your mouth without having to forcibly swallow it. The scientific reason behind this chewing and generating saliva is that the salivary glands apart from generating saliva also signal the brain as to the exact amount and nature of digestive juices to be produced. This will prevent surplus acids and also insufficient acids hence making the digestive process more efficient.
4. Stick to one source of carbs per meal
Choose which source of carbohydrates you want to take in each meal. If you want to take whole wheat bread, stick to whole wheat bread throughout the meal. A slice of whole wheat bread, a portion of mash and another slice of rye bread will confuse the brain as to which particular digestive acids to generate and in what quantities. Eating uniform meals will keep your digestive system working in top notch order and prevent heartburn.
5. Take vitamin B supplements
Either increase intake vitamin B rich food in your diet or take vitamin B6 and folic acid supplements. This will lower your risk of heartburn.
6. Drink juice of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera juice is available in pharmacies and general food stores. Half a cup of aloe vera juice will help relieve symptoms of heartburn. Look for juice from which laxative properties have been removed.
7. Chamomile tea
Having a cup of chamomile tea an hour before bed will help relieve the symptoms and also prevent heartburn during the night.
8. Eat Almonds
Soak a few almonds and eat a couple after every meal. Chew well to stimulate the salivary glands so that excess saliva is produced that will push back the acids from the esophagus. Try not to eat too many though. Almonds along with juice of aloe are great home remedies for heartburn since they not only push the acids back but also help coat the stomach lining and sooth.
9. Avoid smoking
Smoking and consumption of alcohol trigger excess acid production and hence heart burn. Avoid or completely give up smoking and alcohol. None of the home remedies for heartburn is better than preventing heart burn altogether.
10. Have ginger tea
Clean and grate an inch of ginger into 1.5 cups of water. Boil the water, strain the ginger and let cool. Add a teaspoon of honey and drink. Ginger tea is not only one of the home remedies for heartburn but also helps with nausea and sore throat.
11. Use baking soda
Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to half a cup of water and drink. This will sooth the esophagus and stomach and is one of the quickest acting home remedies for heartburn.
Apart from knowing about the home remedies for heartburn, make sure you don’t lift too heavy a weight, or lie down immediately after a meal. Do avoid taking too many medicines for heartburn. Understand what triggers your heartburn and avoid those triggers.