How to Combat Heartburn and Acid-Reflux Naturally - Green Tip #30

It starts as a grumbling rumble. You know what’s coming. You think if you work up some saliva and spit it out you can avoid the inevitable. Then the rumble stretches, rapidly inching its way upwards, pounding your innards, burning fire along the way until it leaves a bad taste in your mouth and cramps in your stomach.

Do you know this monster? When is it most likely to pay a visit? After a meal? Or does it wait until you’re lying peacefully in bed to knock rudely just beneath your breastbone?

Until recently I only experienced heartburn at the tail end of my pregnancy when my unborn babe was pressing on my internal organs. Now it seems that unborn babe has returned in the form of weight gain. And it’s messing with me. But only at night when I’m in a horizontal position seeking comfort and pleasant dreams.

Why is that?

I never experienced heartburn until the latter part of my pregnancy
I never experienced heartburn until the latter part of my pregnancy | Source

Do you suffer from heartburn or acid-reflux?

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Well, first let’s take a look at the definitions of heartburn and acid-reflux.

According to the Medical Dictionary section of The Free Dictionary by Farlex, heartburn is defined as follows:

“Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest that can extend to the neck, throat, and face; it is worsened by bending or lying down. It is the primary symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, which is the movement of stomach acid into the esophagus. On rare occasions it is due to gastritis (stomach lining inflammation).”

Now let’s look at acid reflux, as cited in the same source.

“The regurgitation of stomach acid into the esophagus, causing heartburn.”

As you see, they go hand in hand. One is the cause of the by-product.

Lovely.

This video produced by the Mayo Clinic explains heartburn, acid-reflux, and GERD

Causes of heartburn

So, what causes this nasty stuff to roil around in the dark regions of our sacred bodies?

Normally, our lower esophagus sphincter (LES) closes as soon as food passes through it. If it doesn’t close completely or opens too often (can you say ‘stuff your face’?), stomach acids get through and travel into the esophagus, leading to heartburn. Additionally, if you bend over or lie down immediately following a heavy meal, you’re likely to kick-start acid reflux. If you experience heartburn more than twice a week, chances are good that you suffer from acid-reflux disease or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

There are several factors that can spur the onslaught of heartburn:

  • Hiatal hernia – a condition causing the upper stomach and LES to move above the diaphragm
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Eating too close to bedtime – lying in a prone position before your food has had time to digest
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain spicy, fatty, or acidic foods
  • Alcohol, coffee, tea, and carbonated beverages
  • Smoking
  • Meds such as those taken for blood pressure; ibuprofen, aspirin, and some muscle relaxers
  • Peppermint
  • Chocolate
  • Onions

Traditional treatments for heartburn and why they do more damage than good

What’s the first thing people do when heartburn hits? Probably pop a Tums or two, right? Some may even rely on the latest over the counter drugs that claim to ward off heartburn for 12-24 hours.

These remedies will eventually do more damage than good and I’ll tell you why.

First, let’s take a look at antacid tablets. Do you know what’s in them?

Most antacids contain one or more of the following:

  • Calcium carbonate – acts quickly and adds calcium to the body. Because the calcium levels are pretty high (500 mg-1,000 mg per tablet) do not exceed the recommended dosage.
  • Magnesium Hydroxide – acts quickly but can cause diarrhea.
  • Aluminum Hydroxide – dissolves slowly and may cause constipation. Aluminum also depletes the body of phosphorus and calcium, which can adversely affect bone strength. Aluminum hydroxide affects your body’s ability to absorb many prescribed medications. Consult your doctor before using antacids containing aluminum hydroxide.
  • Sodium Bicarbonate – works quickly but is eliminated from the body just as fast. It also creates carbon dioxide gas, leading to belching, bloating, and farting. People who are on a restricted sodium diet should not take antacids containing sodium bicarbonate.

Rolaids' active ingredients are calcium carbonate (1,000 mg) and magnesium hydroxide USP (200 mg) per tablet
Rolaids' active ingredients are calcium carbonate (1,000 mg) and magnesium hydroxide USP (200 mg) per tablet | Source

A medical professional discusses the dangers of proton pump inhibitors (PPI)

Over the counter drugs and prescription remedies such as Pepcid AC, Zantac, and Tagamet contain proton pump inhibitors (PPI) which control or limit the amount of acid the stomach produces. This can be helpful for people who suffer from heartburn, GERD, or stomach ulcers.

However, as we’ve learned from various TV commercials, they don’t come without possible side effects. Face it, sometimes the side effects just aren’t worth it.

Are you willing to risk any of these?

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia
  • Depression
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Hair loss
  • Rashes
  • Jaundice

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather deal with heartburn. But none of us have to. There are much healthier alternatives to help eliminate or alleviate heartburn, acid-reflux and GERD.

I wouldn’t be doing my duty as the self-proclaimed Mrs. Greenjeans if I didn’t fill you in, now would I?

Alternative (and healthier) treatments for heartburn

I know most of us prefer natural remedies over taking medicine of any kind. We’d also prefer to avoid heartburn. For those of you who don’t have a problem with gastro discomfort, I commend you. I didn't either, until I put on far too much weight for my liking.

Keep a journal of your food/beverage intake

Pay attention to your body - learn the triggers

As the saying goes, prevention is better than the cure. Pay attention to the foods you eat. What foods or drinks give you a belly ache that reaches up to and through your esophagus? What time of day do those triggers fire you up? And what activities (or lack thereof) stoke the fire?

Keep a journal of what you eat for a few days; record which foods and/or beverages result in heartburn. Track the time of day. Are your bouts of heartburn triggered when you eat dinner at 8:30 and go to bed at 9:00?

Eliminate the foods that don’t agree with you. Adjust your schedule to allow plenty of time for your food to digest before crashing on the couch or going to bed.

Natural combatants for heartburn

Even when we have the best intentions and fuel our bodies with good stuff, we sometimes fall off the wagon and end up paying for it. Here are some things you can do to relieve heartburn naturally and why they work:

Eat almonds

My mother turned me on to this trick. Chew three to six unsalted almonds immediately following a spicy or heavy meal. Some people do this before every meal as a preventative measure. If you forget, down a handful of almonds as soon as you feel heartburn symptoms creeping up. I keep a bag of almonds at my bedside, since heartburn usually finds me when I’ve settled in for the night. My son, who has been diagnosed with GERD, keeps a bag at work and one in his car. Trust me, almonds do the trick.

Almonds relieve heartburn almost immediately
Almonds relieve heartburn almost immediately | Source

Why it works: the amino acids naturally found in almonds neutralize stomach acids

Drink ginger root tea

I discuss the many benefits of ginger root in Green Tip #23. Now you can add another benefit. In that article you’ll find my recipe for ginger root tea. I honestly don’t know if you can buy it ready-made; I make my own. It’s so easy to do and you don’t run the risk of having a bunch of crap you don’t want (pesticide laden tea and/or tea bags) in your body.

Ginger has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries by native peoples all over the world. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

The ingredients of ginger root tea
The ingredients of ginger root tea | Source

Why it works: ginger combats everything from colds and flues, to inflammation, to excessive stomach acid. With regard to heartburn, ginger absorbs acids and calms the nerves that get irritated by stomach juices.

Apple cider vinegar

I know this might not make sense at first, but think back to basic math: two negatives make a positive.

Drink a glass of water mixed with two teaspoons of organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar before each meal if you suffer from chronic heartburn.

Making a salad dressing of apple cider vinegar and organic first cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil is a great way to ward off heartburn as well. Sprinkle it on your raw veggies for great flavor and a tummy-friendly alternative to bottled dressings.

Apple cider vinegar is tummy-friendly
Apple cider vinegar is tummy-friendly | Source

Why it works: oftentimes acid reflux is caused by not enough acid in your system. It is also believed that apple cider vinegar aids in breaking down fats, which are heartburn triggers. Additionally, the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar is purported to calm the level of stomach acids. If you find this remedy doesn’t work for you, discontinue.

Note: eating an apple before going to bed has been reported to prevent heartburn. You know what they say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”!

You can be a heartburn survivor. Like my play on words?

Conclusion

These are just a few of the natural remedies you can use to prevent or combat heartburn. The best practice is to avoid foods and habits that lead your body to letting you know it’s not happy. Excessive weight gain, alcohol, smoking and things that generally aren’t good for you anyway put your body into rebellion mode.

Even so, life often gets in the way of our best intentions and practices.

When your tummy feels the need to travel all the way up your body to let you know it’s not happy, try these remedies. They’ll save you a trip to the drug store and won’t do further harm to your precious innards.

How ‘bout you? What natural remedies have you found work for battling heartburn, acid-reflux, or GERD?

Let me know in the comments section below.

Peace,

Bravewarrior



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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

Interesting article, Sha. I've never had heartburn. That in itself is pretty strange, now that I think about it. I wonder if I'm okay? LOL

Thanks for the tips. If I ever get it I'll be ready for it.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

Shauna, I rarely have heartburn, when I do I take a zantac, but I like your idea better, almonds, I love them. I have weighed 105 lbs. for years, but I got on my scale this week and had gained 5 lbs. I knew it without weighing, my pants were too tight, now I have work to do getting it off. I am a shortie so the 105 was right for me. I blame too much time spent on the computer. ( Let's face it, I love sweets! ) I like the apple cider vinegar idea too. Thank you for sharing..


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Bill, I'm not surprised you've never had heartburn. Somehow I knew that!

At least you now have some info to pass on to those who do.

I've been having trouble with it lately because I've gained -- pounds since I quit my day job. What do they say? Oy!


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, sorry about that. There was three circles spinning when I posted my comment.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Ruby, the almonds work immediately and there's no side effects. No crap or chemicals in your body.

I'm little, too - 5'2". When I gain weight it shows big time. I'd be ashamed to tell you how much weight I've gained in the last three years.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Ruby, that's been happening to me lately, too. I get the spinning circle and the words 'working'. It only happens on HP. Another glitch for us to deal with. Sheesh!

No worries. I deleted your duplicate comment.


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Mark Johann 23 months ago from Italy

I was guessing my hyper acidity has something to do with heartburn. I used to drink alcohol and it should be the reason.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

Thank you Shortie! Hee.


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Great information. Almonds, ginger, got it. I will try these.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Mark, try eating almonds and see if it helps. It helps me every time. I've quit buying antacids.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Ruby, I meant to tell you: apple cider vinegar is supposed to help with weight loss, as well. Since you only have five pounds to lose, it's worth trying.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Glad to hear it, Mike. If you read Green Tip #23, you'll learn ginger is good for all sorts of ailments.


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marcoujor 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

I am loving, laughing and grooving to Survivor...if I don't watch it, I'll soon be belching... I LOVE your song selection...never dreaming such a classic would be connected with heartburn... but then look at where "Ring of Fire" has gone...right to the toilet, I tell ya, don't get me started or I'll start belching again....LOL!

I also swear by almonds -- well detailed post in a style that just catches me by the throat...ah geez, I'm belching again, where are Momma's nuts, Andy??

Seriously, I'm green with envy.... uh oh, that was "not serious" but you are a mighty fine writer...no matter what you ask us to digest!

Voted UP and UABI and sharing. Love and hugs, mar


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RachaelOhalloran 23 months ago from United States

I don't get heartburn often, but when I have a heavy meal planned, I can almost count on a bit of reflux. So in anticipation, I use apple cider vinegar somewhere in the meal. A few tablespoons on a salad or added to steamed veggies takes care of impending heartburn.

I have taken Zantac the few times when heartburn hit me at bedtime which is about 5 times a year - not often at all. My husband has COPD so his doctor said to prop up the top of the bed so that he is elevated. It works for his breathing and it works for my reflux. If I can get out of medicating for something, I do it. I have a nut allergy so almonds are out of the question.

For those who are not watching their weight or sugar intake, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or 3 ounces of vanilla yoghurt will also do the trick.

Great info here. Voted up!


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Maria, you are SO punny! I know your sense of humor and love it. I also know that's your way of letting me know you got something out of this.

Of all people, I knew you'd get the humor behind my song choice. It's a good song, but - hey - can't a girl play?


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Rachael, thanx for giving us another tip; that's what I was looking for.

Yep, apple cider vinegar incorporated into your meals works wonders. That's why I suggested using it as a dressing. It's also good drizzled on fresh tomato slices, which can trigger heartburn due to their acidity.

I was going to include drinking milk in my tips because sometimes, when I'm rudely awakened in the middle of the night, I'll drink a small glass of Hood's nonfat milk. But my research told me milk is only a temporary fix.

I'm wondering if it's the vanilla in the ice cream and yogurt that is the panacea and not the dairy. Hmmmm.........


Barbara cook 23 months ago

We are still eating the almonds to prevent reflux before it can start. Such a pleasant little dessert. I even carry a plastic bag in my purse when eating out.

Mom


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Mom, I learn so much from you. I love that you prefer natural remedies over medication. People are amazed that I don't take meds at my age. Why would I? You don't! I learned from you that nature has all the remedies we need without making us sick or giving us other disorders.

You're the best, Mom. I love you higher than a star!


DJ Anderson 23 months ago

Good info to know.

I never heard that about almonds.

Great article, Sha.

DJ.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx, DJ. Almonds really do work. I personally attest to their effectiveness.

Thanx for giving me some of your time!


Ghost32 23 months ago

Okay, Sha, the almonds might be tricky for a guy who got rid of his teeth 22 years ago and avoids dentures, but the ginger tea...why not?


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fpherj48 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sha..You need to know this hub is a gift from you to me. I have a near-drawer full of heart-burn relief information, studies, research....Seriously.

I take Omeprazole daily and it DOES work. Drawback: If you stop taking it or miss just 2 days (because you forgot to get it refilled) it's heart-burn revenge in spades! It is worse than ever. Yes, Omeprazole is OTC Prisolec, but Senorita Cheapo refuses to buy 12 capsules for $12.00 when her co-pay on an Rx is only $9.00 for 30 days. OMG, Sha I have issues, eh? I think I just admitted to choosing discomfort over spending a few bucks. I'm hopeless.

Look at you in that picture you adorable preggo Baby Mama! :)

GREAT Info here, GF...helpful hub!..UP++++ shared & ALL


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Ginger root tea is a great option for you, Ghost. It's good for all kinds of stuff and is so easy to make. I keep ginger root in the freezer for whenever the need to make tea comes up.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Paula, why don't you try the almonds and see if you can save yourself $9 a month. It's worth a try. I'd really like to hear how it works for you!


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Iris Draak 23 months ago from Boise, Idaho

I rarely get heartburn. Like you, I did get it in the latter part of my pregnancies. I eat raw almonds everyday as my mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. I also use raw apple cider vinegar in dressings.

Even though I very rarely get heartburn I have in had it twice in the past six months. I popped a Tums. Next time I'll pop some almonds.

This is really useful and interesting. Voted up.


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PegCole17 23 months ago from Dallas, Texas

The timing on seeing this article is uncanny. I'm just about to make an appointment with the gastroenterologist for an endoscopy. I'd much rather try some almonds and see if that helps. Also, I'll be checking out your ginger tea recipe. Thanks so much, Shauna.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Iris, the almonds and apple cider vinegar are keeping your tummy healthy. Almonds really are a power food. Tasty, too!

Before I started eating almonds for heartburn, I'd pop some Tums. Once I learned they have aluminum in them I switched to Rolaids, which don't. However, even those aren't good for the body. Now I swear by almonds. They really do work!


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Peg, I'm glad you saw this before making your appointment. Please check back with me and let me know if the almonds and ginger root tea alleviated your symptoms.


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ImKarn23 23 months ago

What a freaking awesome hub!

I rarely get acid reflux, but when I do - i do NOT enjoy it. My ex used to get it all the time and i didn't understand how horrible it could be. He was hooked hard on the antacids even though i knew they were doing more harm in the long run than good.

Ah, well - fuck em eh? (the exes...haha)

I didn't see my nemesis listed. Taking certain vitamin supplements seems to do it for me.

Hugs Shaxx


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Leslie, which vitamin supplements work for you? I've only listed a few remedies; there are many more.

Yeah, heartburn is very painful. You wouldn't think so, but ouchy wa wa!


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CrisSp 23 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Now I know and will it keep it in mind...almonds! You see I love spicy food and believe it or not, I carry my own bottle of Tabasco with me on board. Eating is just not the same without it. :) So you bet, heartburn frequents me.

Thank you Sha for this wonderful, useful and very informative hub.

Voting ++ and sharing.

Love & Twinkle from the sky~


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Cris, you're so welcome. Just don't pepper the almonds with Tabasco! Ha ha.


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CrisSp 23 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Actually, that's a good idea too. Why not? Lol Sha, you're very funny!


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word55 23 months ago from Chicago

Hi bravewarrior, This is great info, great research, great remedies and great sharing. Thank you so much!


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Don't you dare, Cris! I only said that because my dad puts Tabasco on everything, too. From fried chicken to eggs..... ;-)


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome, word55. Thank you for reading and commenting. It's always nice to see new faces on my little corner of HP!


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Bless your sweet heart, dear Sha, for sharing these wonderful remedies. I wish I had read this yesterday as my sweet co-worker was suffering terribly with heartburn. I have had acid reflux in the past a couple of times and have since stopped eating spicy foods late at night and now I sleep with two pillows to elevate my head. Once you have had it, it is a frightening and painful thing to endure, especially waking up in the middle of the night gasping for breathe!

Your presentation here is wonderful and detailed.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Hope you are having a sunny weekend and enjoying the warmth!


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

The almond tip is a goodie. Who doesn't like them?

I will be passing this one to my friends.

Voted up +++ shared g+ tweeted

Angels are on the way to you ps


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Faith, at least now you have some information to pass on to your co-worker that she can use for future bouts. Tell her to keep a bag of almonds at her desk and in her purse.

Thank you for the votes and shares.

Today is actually the first sunny day we've had in over a week. I spent a few hours reading on my back porch and enjoying the sunshine.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Patti, I could use some angels. Who couldn't?

Almonds are such an easy fix for heartburn. Had my mom not told me about it, I would have kept sucking down antacids. Almonds taste better and are much better for you! And the thing is - it really does work.


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Pollyanna Jones 23 months ago from United Kingdom

I used to get dreadful heartburn at nighttime when I was pregnant. A friend suggested I lie on my left side as it eases pressure on my organs. I can't remember the exact reason behind it, but it did work for me. I try to avoid triggers now. Foods like tomatoes (especially puree), curries, and wine will give me heartburn, so I avoid eating too much of these before I go to sleep. If I do get heartburn, I'll have a glass of water and calcium carbonate.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Pollyanna, I slept on my left side at the end of my pregnancy as well. It gave me relief. I guess most of the organs that can be affected by fetal growth are on the right side. Not sure, but it helped.

Try the almonds instead of calcium carbonate and water. Almonds are high in Vitamin E, biotin, manganese, copper, Vitamin B2, phosphorus, magnesium, and fiber.

Natural remedies that include natural, unprocessed foods are always preferred - and safer for the body.


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sallybea 23 months ago from Norfolk

This comes at a very opportune moment. I was recently prescribed with medication for this condition. The benefits from taking the tablets has been nothing short of miraculous but I certainly don't intend taking them long term. The list of side effects which can result from taking them is quite something.

I think I am going to crack open that glass jar of almonds which I have stored in the kitchen. Some really useful tips, thank you, I intend implementing some of them very soon.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Sally, if these tips can get you off meds, eliminate the side effects and save you money, I will be tickled pink, and so will you. Why wait until 'soon'? Why not try it now? You have the almonds in your kitchen. Put them to use.

I'd love to have you come back and let me know how the experiment worked for you.

You still have the script, so trying natural remedies won't hurt you in the least. If they don't work for you, you have an option.


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa

Sha, you have explained Heartburn and Gerd very clearly in this hub - and I think Google will agree with me.

I remember suffering Gerd at a time - five-six years ago. In my case it was the first symptoms of gall stones and cholecystitis.

I seldom get heartburn, but when I do, I know exactly why. Bread and meat pies and that extra glass of wine or second helping of a delicious dish, will most certainly send me searching for Rennies.

Voted up, well-explained and useful :)


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Martie, the key to combating heartburn is to recognize the triggers. That's why I put that tip first and foremost. You're ahead of the game because you've already had an open conversation with your body.

When you fall off the wagon, make sure you have some almonds on hand.


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sallybea 23 months ago from Norfolk

The almonds won't go on standby - I intend to start those tomorrow:)


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Awesome, Sally. I wish you gastric peace!


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Nellieanna 23 months ago from TEXAS

Great ideas, Shauna! I love natural remedies, along with natural foods to begin with, which usually cause fewer problems such as heartburn. One remedy for any stomach problem I like is ginger, in tea or as a addition to foods. I'm an almond lover, too.


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manatita44 23 months ago from london

Well, bravewarrior, I have to take the odd Omeprazole every now and again. I take BP meds, too. Your ideas are cool, and I have in fact tried some of them. Interesting about peppermint and chocolate, though.

Yes, some of the meds you mention are close to useless. Great and informative herb. Peace.


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Cyndi10 23 months ago from Georgia

I don't suffer from heartburn, but I know quite a few people who do. I'm sending them to this and sharing it here on hubpages. Take care.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Manatita, how did the remedies you tried work for you? Which ones were they?


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Cyndi. I appreciate the share!


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Nellieanna, ginger is great for tummy troubles. When we had belly aches as little kids my mom would have us drink room temperature ginger ale. Now I make ginger root tea.


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Diana Lee 23 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

This is great information many will benefit from. I'm certainly trying the almonds. I was troubled with acid-reflux often when I tried to sleep because I liked to snack on cheese and crackers hours before bed time. Once I stopped eating that particular favorite as often, my problem took care of itself. Voted up.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Diana, you identified a trigger. That puts you ahead of the game! Keep some almonds on hand for any flare-ups.


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manatita44 23 months ago from london

I've tried peppermint and ginger. Tumeric in food can also help. I've explored digestive enzymes and other aids. Omeprazole is an actual drug, but helps me sometimes, and when I'm elated, I'm usually ok. So there is a correlation with diet and mood.


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York

Sha the best part in all of this is I love almonds....due to many "incidents" in my life lately I weigh more than I did during any of my 4 pregnancies! I will be buying almonds as soon as I can get to a store. Heartburn is not my friend!

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Manatita, turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, so I can see how it would be effective.

I'm also seeing a recurring Omeprazole theme.

I find it interesting that mood affects your heartburn.

Thanks for the feedback!


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Mary, I can relate to the weight gain. I hate it!

Almonds really do work. Now that I know this natural remedy I make sure I never run out.


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sgbrown 23 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is awesome information! My hubby suffers from acid reflux and is on medication for it. I am trying the almonds first thing! I would much rather take natural remedies than the medications that have all the horrible side effects! Thank you for this, I am pinning this and voting up and useful!


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Sheila, I'm with you. I'd much rather incorporate the healing properties of Nature's foods than take manufactured stuff that may cure one thing but create another problem.

It's great to see you here! Let me know how your hubby fares with the almond regimen.


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Nellieanna 23 months ago from TEXAS

Hello again, dear Shauna! I usually have ginger root on hand, as well as Yogi ginger tea bags. My mother gave ginger tea for colds, cramps, and tummy aches. I'm an advocate of avoiding those things by practicing good health habits in all areas, but, of course, sometimes they do catch up with someone. It disturbs me to see TV ads recommending OTC stomach problems so that the person can continue eating the things which invariably CAUSE the problems, though. Media practically encourages poor food choices AND reliance on meds! Sad. But it's an individual choice. No one has to be caught up in all that and if one hopes for a long healthy life, it's wise to make smart choices.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Nellieanna, you're so right. TV ads are a form of brain-washing, both subliminally and blatantly. Look at all the ads for diet pills that say you can go on stuffing your face with unhealthy foods; just take this magic pill and watch the weight melt away! It's all under Big Pharma control.

Ginger really is a wonderful rhizome. It's benefits are almost endless.

So glad to see you here dear lady!


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Joyfulcrown 23 months ago

Hi bravewarrior, I learned a lot from your article. I have heartburn and acid-feflux about once every other week. I am going to try the Apple Cider Vingear.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Joyfulcrown, try the almonds too. They're a quick fix. Let me know how the alternative remedies work for you.


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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

I got a kick out of the one response on your poll regarding "I enjoy it." I've been told to raise the head of the bed with bricks or whatever so that you're kinda sleeping on an incline or to sleep propped on a pillow. I don't do that because it's uncomfortable. Who wants to do that unless you sleep on your back? You provided some solutions I didn't know about.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida Author

Flourish, I had heartburn so bad one night I propped my pillows so I was virtually sleeping sitting up. Needless to say, I didn't sleep comfortably. I've since learned to avoid the triggers. When I get to the point that I have to resort to sleeping in a sitting position, even the almonds don't give me enough relief to sleep well. It's at those times I wish I could throw up, but that never happens.

The key is to avoid the triggers.


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UnnamedHarald 22 months ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I am a skeptic by nature. I also have bouts of acid reflux for which I take Zantac. I don't like being on medications of any sort, so when I read your article, I decided to try six unsalted almonds. Crazy, but it couldn't hurt-- and I could always fall back on the Zantac. Three nights, 18 almonds, no reflux. The skeptic in me says "coincidence" but I'm pretty sure the almonds are responsible. I'll keep taking the almonds. Thanks for the great tip, BraveWarrior. Voted up, awesome and shared.


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

UnnamedHarald, thank you for sharing your experience with the almonds. I love it when people try something I suggest and find success with it. I swear by the almonds. Last night I felt the beginnings of heartburn coming on. I ate three almonds and sent good old Mr. Heartburn back to Hell where he belongs.

Thank you so much for your comment. Hopefully, other skeptics will read it and give this easy fix a try.


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Larry Fields 22 months ago from Northern California

California, where live, is a major almond-growing state. The local farmers refer to them as ammonds. Why is that?

Answer: When these wonderful nuts fall out of the trees, it knocks the L out of them. :-)

Groan! Bad pun. Bad Larry! *slaps self on wrist*


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

I appreciate your humor, Larry. Not sure I get it, but I appreciate it nonetheless.


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Anna Haven 22 months ago from Scotland

I have only ever had heartburn when I have eaten chip-shop chips (deep fried big bag of fat ladened, real potato chips with brown sauce and salt. Thick cut and not like those little skinny Macdonalds numbers.) I will now know to keep the almonds handy next time I opt to assault my arteries. Good job and I love how your advice is all natural.

:)


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, I love your comment, especially the colorful words "assault my arteries". A true writer's words! Yes, keep a bag of almonds handy the next time you give in to temptation.


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Larry Fields 22 months ago from Northern California

Hi Shauna,

I get heartburn very rarely. Nevertheless I found your hub to be very informative and useful. From experience, I knew about the chocolate connection, but did not know about the ammonds.

Sorry you did not enjoy the stooopid joke.


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Larry, it's not that I didn't enjoy your joke. I simply didn't get it.


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Larry Fields 22 months ago from Northern California

Hi Shauna,

Sorry about that. When you knock out the "L" from "almonds" you get ammonds. (Actually, I substituted an extra "m" for the "L.")

Thanks to your timely hub, I can now eat yummy dark chocolate, with less risk of heartburn. Voted up and useful.


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Larry, I got the knocking out of the L. I just don't get how that happens when you knock almonds out of the tree.

Anyway, I'm glad you got something of value from this post.


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Pamela99 22 months ago from United States

I have occasional problems with heartburn, but my mother has the problem frequently even though she has been prescribed omerprazole. I love your natural remedies. She does drink ginger tea, but I didn't know about the others. Thanks so much for sharing this information. Great hub & shared!


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Pamela, have you mom try the almonds. They work for me every time.


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Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

I have had terrible heartburn sometimes, in fact I think I am having a heartattack! it even hurts my teeth! it turned out to be the meds I was taking, I do drink ginger tea, and camomile it does calm it down, nell


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Nell, if your meds are causing those reactions, maybe you should talk to your doctor. Meds are notorious for causing side effects that are worse than the conditions you take them for. Plus, what's in them?????

Try some of these remedies the next time you have heartburn and see if they work better than your meds.


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aviannovice 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I don't have gastric problems, but I do like ginger tea, which is so simple to make.


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Deb, I'm glad you don't have gastric problems. I didn't either until recently. Not fun!

Yes, ginger tea is so easy to make. Anyone who can use a knife without cutting themselves and boil water can do it!


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i also had heartburn problem when i was 6 months pregnant, both my kids


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Pregnancy's definitely a trigger, peachpurple. When that baby starts crowding internal organs, mama's body complains!


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

The Amish Remedy I wrote about that I learned about from Theresa for leg cramps I noticed was clearing me of acid reflux completely and then I found out they also sell it for that and it is made of ginger, vinegar and garlic. Now if I feel anything like that coming on I take a cap full and it does me for days.

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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Awesome, Jackie! The Amish don't believe in chemicals; everything is natural. I'm glad you found a remedy that works and doesn't pump your body with toxins.


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UnnamedHarald 22 months ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Just checking in again. Since I started eating almonds whenever I felt acid reflux coming on, I haven't used any medication. Win-win. Thanks again, bravewarrior.


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

That's awesome, UnnamedHarald! Thanx for checking back. It's good to be off the meds, huh?


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Jeannieinabottle 21 months ago from Baltimore, MD

I am totally buying almonds now! I have heartburn so bad sometimes. Mind you, I love my spicy food, so I get what is coming to me. I think I will go have some almonds now.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida Author

Jeannie, eat some after your meal. If you feel heartburn coming on, eat 4 or 5 more. It works every time!


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SusanDeppner 20 months ago from Arkansas USA

Almonds! We have some and my next stop is the pantry. Maybe I actually will be able to eat onions again, without uncomfortable consequences!


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bravewarrior 20 months ago from Central Florida Author

Susan, I've recently switched to drinking unsweetened almond milk. I haven't had to eat almonds since I switched. Now I can enjoy almonds as a snack instead of a panacea.

Let me know how you make out with your onions!


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UnnamedHarald 20 months ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Checking in again... four months, no Zantac. Just a jar of almonds on the bedside table. I don't like the sound of unsweetened almond milk... what does it taste like?


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bravewarrior 20 months ago from Central Florida Author

First of all, congratulations Harald! I buy unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It's got a naturally sweet flavor. The brand I've been buying is Califia Farms. It's soy free, gluten free, dairy free and contains 50% more calcium than milk. It's delicious in cereal or by itself. However, I wouldn't use it for cooking something savory. For that I keep a small container of organic milk on hand. Oh yeah - almond milk has a really long shelf life. The container I have now is good until 7/2/2015. You can also go online to get a recipe for making your own almond milk. That might be worth a try because you can make a small batch to see if you like it. I really like it. I don't think I'll ever go back to drinking cow's milk.


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unknown spy 19 months ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Sha, it's been great reading your hubs again. I miss you!!!

Thank you for this interesting and informative article. I never suffered heartburns, maybe acid reflux but i have friend who did and this article would really help them.

will share!


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bravewarrior 19 months ago from Central Florida Author

Spy these remedies help with acid reflux as well. Try the almonds next time you have an attack. They really work!


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Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

I loved reading your natural remedies again and I will remember them. I rarely have heartburn but do know the feeling. Yes it's to fatty foods and when my meal was to acidic, so I know how to avoid that.


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida Author

Nadine, once we know the triggers we can avoid them. I've switched to almond milk instead of cow's milk. Ever since I made the change I haven't had the need to eat almonds. Now I can munch on them because they taste good and not just as a remedy.


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Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago

Sha, I take prescription Zantac for GERD, but I will try the almonds which I love.

Thank you, for the information, You are awesome.

Blessings


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AudreyHowitt 16 months ago from California

I need to try these suggestions!


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bravewarrior 16 months ago from Central Florida Author

Shyron, try switching to almond milk as well. I switched a few months ago and have had no heartburn.


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bravewarrior 16 months ago from Central Florida Author

Audrey, I'm all for trying healthy alternatives over drugs that can result in side effects. These remedies do work and I'm thrilled that you're willing to see what works for you.


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Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

My heartburn issues are becoming more frequent as I get older. Thanks for these thoughtful remedies.


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bravewarrior 15 months ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome, Larry. In addition to these tips, try switching to almond milk. I've been drinking it and using it in cereal for several months now and have noticed a tremendous difference. My bouts of heartburn are now few and far between.

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