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Beating Heartburn

Updated on May 19, 2012


 In our hurried everyday life we unfortunatly have seen a rise in that ever annoying heartburn.  After a long day of working, raising a family and generally running around you finally get a chance to lie down and relax.  Just as you feel that tension starting to leave your body a burning sensation starts building up in the pit of your stomach.  You get up, reach for the antacids and hope they work. 

Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't.  You find yourself thinking that therre must be a better way.  Fortunately for use there is.  I looked around for effective ways to help prevent heartburn for attacking us.  Some are old school and some are newer thoughts.  In this list you are sure to find a couple that works for you.  I did.

Help for your heartburn

1. Take a dose of Vinegar

Drinking a vinegar "cocktail" ( 1tbsp vinegar per 8 oz water) before eating a meal can soothe chronic heartburn The acid in the vinegar helps digest the food in your stomach before it can back up into your esophagus.

2. Eat licorice

Licorice contains glycyrrhizin which can increase levels of postaglandin E which can help reduce the production of stomach acid.

3.Chewing gum

By chewing gum for 30 minutes after a meal you increase the flow of acid-reducing saliva.

4. Eat candied ginger

Ginger cuts heartburn flare-ups by speeding the breakdowns of fats that trigger heartburn.

5. Eat whole grains

High fiber foods soak up stomach acid before it can back up into your esophagus.

6.Avoid alcohol

Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages for 3 to 4 hours before bedtime.

7. Take pectin supplements

Pectin works by making a acid-neutralizing foam that rises to the top of your stomach which creates a barrier that keeps acid from traveling up into your esophagus.

8. Dress comfortably

Tight clothes can push stomach acid up into your esophagus.


Foods to avoid

*Citrus fruits





*raw onions


*Black pepper

*fatty foods

*spicy foods


*carbonated beverages

*alcoholic beverages


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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dsmith1, vinegar certainly has helped me with my heartburn. Thanks for your comments.

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      dsmith1 6 years ago

      Very helpful hub. I especially liked the cartoon! I've tried vinegar and I agree that it really works for those heartburn attacks after a big meal. Let me know when you publish new hubs. Good luck, voted up.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      wordscribe, it's black licorice. I too take omeprazole. I use some of these tips, not everything works for everyone. don't give uo, there will be one that will be perfect for you. Let me know.

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      Elsie Nelson 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Interesting hub. I've suffered from chronic heartburn for over 20 years now. I have to take omeprazole daily to avoid the pain and discomfort. I occasionally try to take it every other day due to the cost, but find myself suffering again. I'd definitely be willing to try some of these suggestions. When you say licorice, do you mean black or red? Thanks for the information.