Heartburn or Acid Reflux is that burning pain in the chest (behind the breastbone) caused by the irritation of the stomach or esophagus. Certain factors like smoking, caffeine, aspirin, and stress impairs the protective lining in our stomachs. Without this lining, the backflow of the acids from the stomach to the esophagus causes the irritation. Most people can manage heartburn through reducing intake of the irritants or through over-the-counter antacids. But you could always try natural home remedies for heartburn.
Home Remedies For Heartburn:
Gulp A Glass of Water
Take a full glass of water at the first sign of heartburn. Take note that you gulp it down as fast as possible and not just sip. This will help flush through the painful juices.
Stimulating saliva flow through your digestive system will help reduce the pain. Chewing on a gum, a piece of mint, or ginger will help achieve this.
Apples contain high levels of pectin, which helps bind up excess stomach acid. This helps stops heartburn. Eat a slice of apple at times you are prone to have acid reflux or at the first sign of it. You could also drink apple juice.
Olives are naturally oily which helps coat the stomach and reduce pain. Take a couple of green or black olives in olive oil after a meal or at the onset of pain. You could also take a teaspoon of olive oil.
Fennel tea helps soothe and calm the digestive tract. Make a fennel tea by steeping ½ to 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds in boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and drink.
Chamomile tea helps reduce heartburn pain because it helps muscles relax and because of its high level of calcium. This helps settle the stomach.
Raw Vegetable Juice
Raw vegetable juices are good home remedies for heartburn as they help tame acids in the stomach. Juice carrot, beetroot, or celery and add a pinch of fresh marjoram, basil, or ginger to enhance healing effects.
A teaspoon of mustard can help pain disappear straight away. You could mix it with water or ginger tea if you don’t like the taste.
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