How to Treat and Prevent Stomach Burning After Eating: The In Natural Stomach Burns Therapy

Stomach burning (also known as acid reflux disease) is a condition experienced by millions of people worldwide. The typical approach to solving this problem is to use over the counter antacids for quick relief. The problem with antacids is that they only temporarily mask the problem, they contain harmful ingredients and eventually lead to many possible side effects.

Calcium carbonate based antacids have actually been found to increase stomach acid. Understanding the cause of stomach burning is the key to finding the best solution. Factors leading to the condition include what you eat, when you eat and how much you eat. Making the appropriete changes in these areas is a very effective method of treatment.

One major cause of stomach burning is eating heavy meals, especially less than 3 hours before bedtime. This requires a large amounts of stomach acid to digest a lot of food in a short amount of time. Going to bed with undigested food in your stomach will cause stomach burning during the night. Many times it will occur soon after a meal because the esophagus becomes overwhelmed by the high acid content in the stomach, or the large amount of food in the stomach prevents the esophagus from being cleared fast enough, or the type of food eaten is too acidic.

When the stomach acids touch the lining of the esophagus it causes heartburn. If the acid reaches to the back of the mouth it causes acid indigestion. To help avoid these conditions eat in an upright position and stay upright for at least 45 minutes after eating, avoid lying down after eating and stay away from late night snacks. Eating smaller meals more frequently during the day requires less work by the stomach. Therefore a smaller amount of stomach acid would be needed, which would minimize the possibility of stomach burning. Drinking milk before bedtime may cause temporary relief but will result in more stomach acid being produced, causing stomach burning in the night.

Eating well balanced meals will prevent the stomach acid from becoming too acidic and help keep the lower esophageal shincter (a muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that closes off food and liquid from the esophagus) in proper working condition. When the esophageal shincter is working properly, food and liquid is prevented from getting into the esophagus.

Avoid eating a lot of high fat foods because they decrease esophageal shincter efficiency and slow down stomach emptying. Smoking also inhibit esophageal shincter function. Foods to be avoided are fast foods, high fat or fried foods and creamed foods and soups, soft drinks and beer. Beer can potentially double your stomach acid in about an hour. Foods that prevent stomach burning are those high in complex carbohydrates because they are able to hold on to stomach acid and are easy on the stomach. The best foods to choose are brown rice, whole grain breads and pastas.

There are a number of alternative treatments for stomach burning that people have found to be successful remedies. They include Chamomile tea, ginger root, deglycyrrhizinated licorice, tumeric, raw almonds, aloe vera juice and baking soda. Drinking organic unsweetened almond milk is an excellent way to neutralize stomach burning and relieve symptoms. It tastes great and is available in original and vanilla flavor. It can be purchased in cartons that do not need to be refrigerated until after they have been opened.

Resorting to antacids for temporary relief of stomach burning will never solve the problem or be a benefit to your health. The best way to treat stomach burning is by eating balanced meals that are not acid forming, eating smaller meals more frequently, and avoiding eating in the evening.

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Jean's Corner 8 years ago from Harrisburg North Carolina

Thanks for the info Steve. I happen to be one of those with acid reflux. Great advice.


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mistyhorizon2003 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Hi Steve, my Mum suffers from this, so I am going to print this off and give it to her. Thanks.


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Squimpleton 8 years ago from New York

Oh good, so now when my mom tells me that eating will spoil my dinner I'll just tell her "Eating less for dinner is good for you, it reduces chances of acid reflux" and grab a candy bar. :P


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RachelOrd 8 years ago from Palm Coast

I have acid reflux too. Like you suggested I just started drinking aloe vera juice...to soon to tell, but I'm hoping it works!


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stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California Author

Appreciate the comments everyone, thanks!


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Nicki B 8 years ago from Orange County, Ca

I'm sending this over to my grandmother. She will find this very useful for her. Thanks!


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MummyAnn 8 years ago from UK

Great Hub! I shall show this to my sister who suffers. Thank you.


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koncling 8 years ago from Nice Winding Room

I'm suffers it, for many times


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jim10 8 years ago from ma

My father in-law has had acid reflux for a while. He never eats much for vegetables or fruit and started eating one meal a day at night. I think when he started the one meal a day it got worse and then he started taking medication. To be honest I am positive he would rather take the medication than eat healthier. But it is nice to know that the huge meal at dinner is what made it worse. I can't believe his doctor didn't suggest eating smaller meals or a more balanced diet instead of just prescribing pills. But that seems to be the way lots of doctors are now. Great and informative hub on acid reflux.


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Lady Guinevere 8 years ago from West Virginia

I suffer from this too. I alos have Ulcerative Colitis. I am going to ad something that might not sound right, but it works for me. I take Prilosec every morning. Since I have taken that I have not had a rocurrance of the Ulverative Colitis. That is great--for me! Those are very bad and if I can take a pill to avoid those attacks so be it! Does this mean that I can eat anything that I want and at anytime---NOT! I believe my innards are so badly scared and damaged that the only thing that works is the Acid Reducer. I have tired many othr things and nothing works. The things that I cannot eat after 3 p,m. are Potatoe Chips and Meatloaf or high fatty things like Fried Chicken. I cannot eat chicken skin either and have to pull that off before I eat that. I can eat French Fires at anytime--no acid reflux there.

What helps me to eat when I do have a flare-up before it comes up and burns my throat so bad I can't even speak--is Apples or Celery. I know the Apples have Pectin in it, but not so sure about the celery. You don't even want to know what it feels like when I have it come up --and this is strange--exactly an hour after I fall asleep. Burn is not even close. The only way to get rid of it is to pay homage to the porcelain god. Even after that I can't speak for hours. I usually have to take something to put me to sleep after those. I just stay away from those things.

Milk is another no-no for me--I am Lactose intolerant. I will occasionally have a bowl of cereal but very little milk on it--just enough to get it wet.


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twogroce 8 years ago

Great information. I have suffered for years with this. It is getting a little better now but my daughter has been suffering with it. She is only 7 and has many nights where she has trouble falling asleep because of it. Love the hub!


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subamenu 8 years ago from Dubai

Good article on common problem with good suggestions.


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Guru-C 8 years ago

I'm all too familiar with waking up feeling as if battery acid were streaming up my throat, convinced I'm about to die. I've taken all kinds of antacids which help, but sometimes make me feel like I've swallowed ammonia. The one thing that helps most is eating a smaller dinner and going to bed a tiny bit hungry... Very good hub!


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Lady Guinevere 8 years ago from West Virginia

I agree with Gurru-C. If I can help it I do not eat after 6 p,m. If I snack after that it is always something in the fruit or vegetable category. Oh and I forgot to mention--Butter is a culprit to giving me those horrrific relfux episodes. It can be on or in anything and I will 100% of the time get Acid Reflux.


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rhemken 8 years ago from N California USA

Intresting Hub... Will try your advice. Beer does me in, pizza also.


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Lady Guinevere 8 years ago from West Virginia

Pizza, sometimes. I can't drink anything with alcohol in it--including Nyquill. As soon as it hits my stomach--my body rejects ian this is with taking Prolosec every day! I even tried eating crackers or something before drinking alcoholic drinks and my body still rejects it. So no alcohol for me!


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Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

I am new to the Hub world, this information is really good, I have another helpful hint for fellow sufferers, half a bowl of Oatmeal in the morning, not the instant fake stuff, it must be too processed, the real Oats kind you have to cook - it truly makes a difference!


Send Flowers to India 7 years ago

Good post... it will very helpful for us..


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suzanne_writes 7 years ago from United States

I just needed this... Thanks.

(I knew the meal was heavy but couldn't resist.. but dying to resist the stomachache I had)


abderahim 6 years ago

I really really apreciate what ever has been written here. It's a great peace of work, for the first time I come to know through it the causes of my stomach burning...Thanks


6 years ago

A granny smith apple works every time. It's a miracle food for acid reflux. If u don't believe me all I ask is for u to try it once. Eat an apple or just suck the juice and ten minutes later u feel 100%


martelli 6 years ago

I had big stomach burning problems, so did my step father. He came across Mastic Gum a natural product which comes from trees in Greece, Chios i believe. I took a course of this stuff and i don't have this problem anymore. I can highly recommend it, now i'm worrying about something else completely different, hehe.

Here's an article on it : - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-97549/A-...

This is where i buy it from : - http://hwize.com/mastic-gum/mastic-gum.html?wisean...

Goodluck


Jessica 6 years ago

Thank you so much my stomach buring gets so bad I can't sleep


acid reflux remedy 6 years ago

This is nice! Now, I've gotten a lot of new ideas on how to prevent acid reflux. Thank you for sharing.


Cheesedude 5 years ago

Ty m8, just had hot curry and have acid reflux, ty for tips


Emmanuel o.o 5 years ago

From experince,I will say that the use of fruits like orange(3-4) helps in reducing and stoping stomach burn.


Maynow 5 years ago

Red delicious apple with skin. It really work well. Almost reside the acid half way through your apple eating. Try. Wisdom from Christ. God loves you.


tami 5 years ago

Oh my goodness.. thanks so much for having this on here I woke up because my throat was on fire...n I found this..n figured out how to temporarily relieve it.. n every thing u said I did the opposite of, today. We had a birthday party for my daughter, and then went to my cousins for an xmas party..so two big meals. Then when we got home almost time for bed..I ate crackers with peaunut butter in them,but then I layed down pretty much instantly after that. So..yep. oh n with my 3rd pregnancy I had acid reflux...n he is only 43 months...so I must just have it.


Dwarika Prasad 4 years ago

Thanks Steve, this is an excellent information. My mom is suffering from the same.. this will help her.


Haider 4 years ago

thanks dear , i ll add this to my life


avi 4 years ago

thanks dude


Charmaine 4 years ago

Thank you so much, I'm 20 and have been on anti acids for 5 years! When I don't have the tablets my stomach and neck are on fire _ I'll try these tips :)


Shirly Thomas 4 years ago

This is anexcellent comment. I do suffer suffer from this


jachana lubuyi 4 years ago

i also suffer from acid reflux,which was totally deppressed now i have found the right way that iwill make sure that the use of antacids and diet reccomanded is efficiently attained


g g 4 years ago

it kill me i dont what to do


SAI JYOTI NAIR 4 years ago

EVEN I HV SAME PROBLEM, I HD LOT OF MEDICIN, NO IMPROVEMENT SO FAR. I SHOULD GO AND TRY HOMEOPATI


asghar 4 years ago

thnx mr steve ! i am 22 and suffering a lot from this ! i will try this


Yogendra patel 4 years ago

practical suggestion are good and if these method are followed with regular exercise then it will be more beneficial for reducing acidity


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

I am pretty sure thaty my acid reflux is related to a hiatus hernia.

I need the strong medication to control it, but I do worry about side effects.

Like Lady Guinevere, I too suffer with ulcerative colitis. The two probably aggravate each other. :)

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