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Indigestion Remedies-5 Natural Home Remedies For Heartburn

Updated on October 10, 2009

Are you a pill popping heartburn sufferer? Have you tried drug after drug to eleviate your pain and wondered why none of the medication worked.If you think that pharmaceutical drugs are your only way to a pain free and normal life, well I'm here to tell you that your WRONG! because their are other alternatives. All you have to do is be brave enough to try them.

What you will gain from reading this short article is a clearer idea of what level of heartburn pain you are suffering from why is it happening to you, and your best course of action to prevent heartburn from dominating your life.I would also like to add that I am not a qualified doctor or a medical practioner in any shape or form, so please consult your doctor before making any changes in your diet or medication.

What is Heartburn?

If you have just finished eating a medium to large sized meal and then get a burning sensation in your chest just behind the breast bone and close to your heart, then there is more than an even chance that the pain that your feeling is Heartburn.

In most cases you will get an attack of heartburn right after you've eaten a meal. If I were a qualified Doctor then my exact description might be "heartburn occurs when the stomach acids produced after food consumption, come into contact with the oesophagus, or the gullet as it is also known"

The lining of your esophagus is more sensitive than that of the stomach and is not equipped to handle the harsh stomach acids.When these stomach acids flow back up into your esophagus, they irritate the sensitive esophagus lining, which in turn causes that uncomfortable burning sensation that you might be familiar with.

While reading this you might recognise the symptoms that I've just described by another name "Dyspepsia" This is not uncommon because Heartburn is known by many different names, one of the most popular is "Acid Reflux". Many experts believe that it is a better suited name because it describes the condition .since the acid in the acid reflux refers to the stomach acids, whilst the reflux refers to refluxing motion of the acids upwards, towards the mouth.

It really doesn't matter what you want to call it so long as you can recognize the symptoms and be ready to act on them.

What Causes Heartburn?

You may not be too surprised to hear that the causes of heartburn are associated with the consumption of your favourite food and drinks. In the paragraph above I mention the acids flowing back into your gullet (esophagus) Everytime you eat or drink something there is an increase in the natural acids in your stomach, and of course the greater the increase the more chances their are of you getting a dose of Heartburn.

It is worth remembering that more than half the population of the planet will live out their lives without ever suffering a Heartburn attack. So the real question is why does it effect some people and not others?

Heartburn is a sign that your body is failing in some way. The technical term for this condition is Lower Esophageal Sphincter, or (LES) for short, and is part of the reason why you suffer from heartburn. A good description of LES is like a one way valve that allows your food and drink to pass down your gullet, and on through to the stomach without letting it come back up again.

I'm sure that you realise that as a heartburn sufferer your LES valve is faulty. It is only working at half its capacity in relaxing its muscular tension to allow acids back through to the esophagus. If this were your only problem you probably would still feel fine, but unfortunately for you it is not because there is another problem that comes along with it.

Which is that the lining of your esophagus is very delicate when compared to your stomach, and therefore damages more easily when coming into contact with the harsh acidic stomach juices.Your stomach on the other hand has been blessed by nature because it has a protective coating that allows it to handle the necessary stomach acids.

This means that when the LES fails to do its job and relaxes, the acids flow back into your esophagus and causes it to become irritated and inflamed, the end result is that you get that burning feeling just behind your chest otherwise known as HEARTBURN.

The 5 Heartburn Types

Not many people know that there are different heartburn types that you can suffer from, for instance you could be suffering from...

Summer Heartburn

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Night-time Heartburn

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Chronic heartburn

If you are pregnant while reading this page, then you should know that any heartburn symptoms that you are experiencing will normally go away once your child is born. Summer heartburn happens when you consume to much salty and fatty foods at barbecues and picnics.

Night-time heartburn sufferers often think that their having a heart attack because of the severity of pain, but luckily this is not the case.

I've saved the worse 2 types of heartburn until last. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Chronic heartburn. I'm afraid that if you suffer from either of these, then you have truly drawn the short straw as far as heartburn suffering goes.

What you need to know is that GERD is more than just a simple case of heartburn, in fact it is a genuine illness and should be treated as such, which means that it is advisable for you to seek medical advice if you think that you are showing signs of GERD.

Chronic heartburn is when you get frequent attacks, three or more in a week and once again it would be advisable for you to seek medical advice about your best course of action.

5 Remedies For Heartburn

I'm just going to wrap up this article by listing 5 natural remedies that might help you, but,(and I know that I'm repeating myself when I say) that you should always consult your doctor before making any major changes in your diet.Here they are in no particular order.


2)Chamomile Tea

3)Apple Cider Vinegar


5)Aloe Vera Juice


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      Karen N 6 years ago from United States

      Very good information, heartburn is the worst but luckily I don't suffer from it very often.

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      Diana Owens 6 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      HI Paul,

      Great info and thank you for the hot tips! They all sound resonably do-able and are a whole lot cheaper than medications. And I LOVE bananas and Chamomile tea already!

      I look forward to reading more of your hubs. (:

      Take care and stay safe,


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      Spencer Jackson 8 years ago

      I've always found that marjoram tea infusion really calms my regularly upset stomach.