A Quick and Easy Guide to Natural Heartburn and Indigestion Relief

Indigestion and heartburn can lead to extreme discomfort and lack of sleep.  While there are shelves of treatments at the drugstore, there are also natural treatments you can use to help ease your discomfort, and none of it an unnatural pink color!  Please note that if these symptoms are chronic, it could be a sign of a serious problem and you should see a doctor.

Is it heartburn or something more serious?

Avoiding Triggers

Certain foods are known to trigger indigestion and heartburn.  Such foods and beverages include spicy or greasy foods, carbonated beverages, chocolate, coffee, and alcoholic beverages.  The easy way to avoid the discomfort of indigestion and heartburn is to avoid foods and drinks that cause it.  If it’s too late or just not desirable to avoid them, try some of these remedies.

Aloe Vera Juice

If you know in advance you’re going to be consuming foods that lead to heartburn, consider drinking aloe vera juice, a remedy that’s been used throughout Europe for decades.  Drink the juice 20 minutes before the meal.  The aloe vera will help soothe the esophagus, protecting it from acids that cause heartburn. 

Ginger

Ginger has been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of stomach ailments (that’s why your mom gave you ginger ale when you had the flu). It’s most effective as a treatment if you use fresh ginger. Pour boiling water over a couple pieces of peeled ginger. Let it steep for several minutes, and then drink it as a tea. Add honey if desired; it’s a natural sweetener and is gentle on the stomach.

If you can’t get access to fresh ginger, you can purchase ginger tea. You can also try ginger capsules.

Don't drink ginger ale to try to relieve heartburn and indigestion.  The carbonation can make the problem worse.

Baking Soda and Water

Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, Oh what a relief it is.  A common treatment, Alka Seltzer, is based on the properties of baking soda and water.  To achieve the same benefits at fraction of the price, add three tablespoons of baking soda to eight ounces of water.  Allow it to fizz a bit to release some of the carbon dioxide.  Then drink it.  It’s not a real pleasant taste, but it’s not horrible.  One side effect to be aware of is burping.  The baking soda will release gases as it reacts with the water and contents of your stomach; the burping is you relieving pressure on your stomach.

Chamomile and/or Mint Tea

Chamomile and mint are both known for their soothing effects.  Drink one or two cups an evening to help settle your stomach problems.  Like with the ginger tea, if you do need something to sweeten it, add honey.

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm is a remedy that has been used for hundreds of years.  It was popular with the Native Americans and was used to treat a variety of ailments.  Mix it with water and drink it to soothe your troubled tummy.

Mint and Turmeric

Combine three drops of mint oil, a teaspoon of turmeric, and eight ounces of water.  Stir and then drink it.  You can repeat this once every three hours.  Additionally, if you cook with the turmeric, the spice can help reduce your chances of getting indigestion.

Skim Milk

Calcium is the main ingredient in products like Tums, so it makes sense to drink milk.  However, don’t drink more than 8 ounces, as too much liquid can just exacerbate the problems.  Also, stick with skim, as fat in foods and beverages causes the stomach to create more acid.  If you don’t drink fat-free milk, you’re just encouraging your stomach to create more of the problem-causing acids.

Bananas

Bananas are a natural antacid, and they’re commonplace around the home, so they can be an easy go-to for indigestion and heartburn.  If problems persist, though, don’t eat too many, as filling the stomach too much is one of the leading causes of indigestion and heartburn, so be careful that your attempt to solve the problem doesn’t actually make it worse.

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