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The All Natural Way to Relieve Heartburn and Indigestion

Updated on April 5, 2015

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We all know that milk is highly beneficial for your health among other things. But I may have a very beneficial aspect that could help all you indigestion prone pregnant women. Now I am in no way claiming to have made this discovery, because I sure did not. I am just here to further explain the effect of milk on pregnant women or anbody with indigestion for that matter, and tell my rather well...interesting story to go along with it.

A whole room full of Science Fair projects
A whole room full of Science Fair projects | Source

It All Comes Down to Science

While a sophomore in high school, it was a time for our yearly science fair for the entire sophomore class. I know, yawn right. Well, at least that is what I did because I was never much of a science buff. My WONDERFUL teacher, though, took it upon herself to make it a requirement for our class. Oh, great. So we all had to choose a partner and as luck would have it, I just so happened to be absent from school this day for probably some immature reason such as skipping that I only sometimes did during my high school years. Therefore, when science class time came the next day, my partner was already chosen for me and happened to be a girl that was absent from school more then a kid loves candy. Well, she'll be great effort. She was there on that particular day though, and as topic after topic of mine got shut down(Grrr), I told her to think of one herself. So what does she do? She comes up with the most absurd topic I have seriously ever heard. Chili Peppers. Chili Peppers?!?! Ok, sure. So we handed our topic in to our teacher, which was permanent by the way, just as the bell had rang and off to my next class I went never really thinking too much more about it.

The next day, and for the next three solitary MONTHS that the science fair deliberation and final day took place, she was out sick. I kid you not, out sick. Ahh, the karma of skipping school. But, I took it like a champ and did every possible research and angle on chili peppers I could. In the end, I came up with this: The Effect Of Capsaicin in Chili Peppers on an Individual. I wrote my hypothesis and steps to my final solution and did it up all nice with pretty pictures. Well, as nice as pretty pictures can get with a chili pepper. The big day had finally come and there I was in our gym with my huge piece of cardboard watching all the science fair partners chatter away happily at their accomplishment together. I sat alone and disgruntled at everything about that day. The end result? Well, to my surprise as much of yours, I won third place. No way! Really, I did and I still have the ribbon actually, right next to my framed skipping school the most achievement award.


What Did I Learn?

Capsaicin is a compnent of chili peppers which produces that burning sensation when you consume one. A common fact is that foods with the same content of capsaicin in it affect others greatly in different cultures. In other words, if Bob and Moe eat the exact same spicy gumbo, Moe is perfectly fine while Bob is blowing steam out of his ears and nearly choking to death. How is this humanly possible when we are all just that...humans? The answer was along the lines of this: Different cultures have a more diverse dynamic on spicy foods. Take Indonesia for example, their cuisine consists of more spicier foods, so if Bob went to Indonesia and had a normal spicy dish for Indonesians, then he may be on the floor yelping in pain while the natives are staring at him like he has three heads. It all boils down to the fact that their bodies are more immune to the spiciness while American culture is not, and plus a bunch of other scientific reasoning that I cannot exactly I said I am not a science bluff. And honestly, how I made it into Advanced Chemistry the next year is completely beyond me. That may also explain why I made it through the class with a barely passing grade. I digress.

The most common mistake when trying out a solution to cease the burning is many think that you immediately need to grab some water. Wrong. Another one is to chew on a hunk of white bread. Wrong. The right answer is a glass of milk as it binds to the capsaicin carrying the fat soluble out of your mouth. Therefore, the milk washes down the capsaicin along with it. It is all a big chemical reaction. So, what in the world does any of this have to do with indigestion and a pregnant woman?


Disclaimer: I am in no way claiming, promoting, or encouraging the suggestion of skipping school. Nine times out of ten, you will more then likely NOT end up with a science fair award or any award for that matter. Nothing shall be taken out of context of this article. Also, I am not a medical (or science) professional. Thank you, that is all.

Try an Approach that Works

This next part really explains the irony of when you were in class and the teacher was rambling on and on about something you did not care about and there you were thinking, "What in the hell is the point of this? When am I ever going to use this in real life?" Sigh. It happened to me. While pregnant with my first child, I had horrific heartburn. I mean I would wake up several times a night clutching my chest in pain while poking my then fiancé in the ribs for him to go get me the Tums. He just loved it when I did that.

One night, I woke up with a severe case of heartburn that almost brought me to tears. Just as I was about to rollover and poke some ribs, my elbow caught something. I turned to see a full bottle of Tums with a pretty, little ribbon wrapped around it and note hanging that said Do Not Disturb. I then turned to face my fiancé and saw a fancy new pair of earplugs in his ears as he slept away peacefully. Smart ass. As I sat in bed downing half the bottle like they were oversized Smarties, I remember thinking, "There has to be a better way." BOOM! Lightning struck. An audience clapped away in the distance. A light bulb appeared over top of my head. Cheerleaders were on the sidelines cheering. Not really, but it felt that way as my Sophomore Year Science Project popped into my head! If milk could help wash away the burning sensation in my mouth, why couldn't it work for the burning of my indigestion? It was worth a try, right? So, off to the kitchen I went and after drinking a full glass of 2% milk, I stood tapping my fingers on the counter like some instantaneous miracle was going to zap me. Quite honestly, it kind of did. I felt the pang like a horrific bout of heartburn was about to hit me, but it would never come. Confused and happy, I went back to bed where I slept peacefully for the rest of the night. For the remainder of my pregnancy, I would drink a glass of milk before bedtime, and from there I would wake up maybe only once with heartburn if I did wake up at all, which I would then drink another glass of milk and sleep just fine for the rest of the night.

From there on out, whenever I would get a bout of heartburn from eating an indigestion prone food (spaghetti does it for me), I would drink a glass of milk and no more heartburn would incur. Also, I got a thank you from my mother for mildly helping with her acid reflux disease. Now, I am not saying this is going to work for everyone. That would be ludicrous, as every person's body is different. But why not give it a try next time? Milk is something that many have on hand, it is inexpensive, and tastes a whole lot better then those awful, chalky antacids you get from the drugstore. Try it out and let me know if it works for you!


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      Brianna 3 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you manatita44! Glad it worked for you too

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Cool HUb, bwhite.

      I've used milk too. It works. Have a great day!

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      Brianna 6 years ago from East Coast

      My pleasure Husky and thank you.

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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      A very entertaining hub, bwhite2007. I really enjoyed reading about your personal high school experiences with the science fair and wasn't surprised about your 3rd place finish. You have a very positive trait in your ability to be thorough and doing research when working on an assignment. Even an assignment you did not choose. Voted up and funny. Thanks for the laughs.