What is the best way to relieve heartburn?

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  1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
    Just Ask Susanposted 12 years ago

    What is the best way to relieve heartburn?

  2. maggieju profile image62
    maggiejuposted 12 years ago

    You could try some medications, such as cimetidine or Omeprazole, if the heartburn is caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease. However, drugs have many side effects, which sometimes are not tolerable. You could try acupuncture, if you perfer.

  3. BWD316 profile image83
    BWD316posted 12 years ago

    Besides medicine and over the counter stuff like tums your best bet is to try and prevent it. To do this start a food journal so you have a record of what you ate when you get heartburn, certain foods can contribute to heartburn. Also don't eat then lay down, so no eating right before bedtime

  4. AcidRefluxNoMore profile image60
    AcidRefluxNoMoreposted 12 years ago

    Hello Susan,

    I truly believe in organic remedies for getting rid of this condition.

    Try Aloe Vera juice, though it takes time to give relief, but its effective and free from any side effects that other medications will bring in.

  5. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 12 years ago

    Drink a lot of water.  Water thins the acid which causes the heartburn.  Also sucking on black licorice or eating licorice drops can help.

  6. suzzycue profile image86
    suzzycueposted 12 years ago

    You can suck on a lemon. The acid in the lemon calms stomach acid. I use to put concentrated lemon juice in my water and it really works.

  7. fitmom profile image73
    fitmomposted 12 years ago

    Taking a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar just before you eat can help.

  8. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 12 years ago

    I've always found that whole milk or light cream gets rid of it.  Since I find whole milk pretty intolerable (and I'm not sure that chocolate milk would do the same thing that white milk does, I rely on coffee (not at all strong) with enough cream in it to make it almost like a dessert.  It usually gets rid of occasional heartburn immediately for me.  An alternative (although it's not something I use) might be something like vanilla ice cream.  I've just always assumed the milk or cream probably coats the stomach (or at least stops it from being as empty, which can lead to acid and heartburn).  Maybe what cures a case of heartburn depends on whether it's from an empty stomach with too much acid or from a full one that's responding to what's in it with acid.

    It surprises me that people have mentioned water, lemon, and vinegar.  I've always found that plain tap water (at least where I live) can cause heartburn.  The other two would make heartburn worse for me.  (People have different system, though, so I'm not saying those things don't work for those who mentioned them - only that they'd make heartburn worse for me.)

  9. UnnamedHarald profile image91
    UnnamedHaraldposted 12 years ago

    I use good old Alka Seltzer. I hate waiting for the tablet to dissolve, knowing the crappiness of the drink awaits, but, boy, does it work.

  10. profile image50
    beenishfatimaposted 12 years ago

    Have a cold glass of milk with honey smile it will relieve your problem and will give you comfort for sure. furthermore avoid eating too much spicy foods and fast food items.
    try to avoid lie down after meals for 3 hours. also try to avoid caffeine, smoking, large and spicy meals.

  11. lovetrees profile image59
    lovetreesposted 12 years ago

    This may sound counter productive, but it does work tried and tested. Eat whole oranges. never orange juice that will make it work. But eating whole oranges really works.
    hope this helps smile

  12. susiempn profile image77
    susiempnposted 12 years ago

    Drink plenty of water.  It will relieve the burning and help with your digestion.  It never fails.

  13. jaswinder64 profile image61
    jaswinder64posted 12 years ago

    Almost in every answer water is recommended. Water is reallly good to relieve heartburn? Despite taking care of my food,  still I was having heartburn for a long time. Now I am taking homeopathy medicine, I feel better than before. Homeopathy is permanent cure for your problem. It is whole body treatment. So somebody having heartburn can try homeopathy medicine.

  14. jolinabalcruz profile image58
    jolinabalcruzposted 12 years ago

    Hi. Place a wooden or concrete blocks under the headboard of your bed so you that you'll sleep on an incline. By raising the headboard of your bed six inches higher , its harder for stomach acid to flow. That's because it would go uphill. If you must lie flat, lying on your leftside might produce less heartburn.

  15. tirelesstraveler profile image60
    tirelesstravelerposted 12 years ago

    You don't have to suffer with acid reflux or indigestion. Here are some ideas for treating digestive discomfort. read more

  16. Billi Grossman profile image69
    Billi Grossmanposted 12 years ago

    What we refer to as heartburn may actually be acid reflux.  Strong acid from the stomach pushes up into the esophagus and burns the mucus membranes.  This can be very painful and over time degrades the esophagus.  The best way to avoid reflux is not to overeat.  If you have recurrent problems, try eating 5 or 6 small meals, rather than 2 or 3 large ones throughout the day.

    It is important to avoid trigger foods, too.  You may come up with your own list by keeping a journal or observing what bothers you, but common triggers include spicy foods, high acid foods like oranges and tomatoes, and chocolate.

    Drinking 2-4 oz of aloe vera juice every morning will help to heal the mucus membranes, promote good GI function and support immunity.  This is a preventative or long-term solution.  For more information about aloe vera juice see my blog at www.highdesertaloe.com

    For short term relief, antacids reduce stomach acid and Alka-Seltzer will relieve gas and pressure.  My Dad used to mix a tsp of baking soda in a glass of vinegar water and drink that down for a similar remedy.

    Finally, try not to eat late at night and make sure to stay up at least a half hour after eating.  Eat lighter meals at night and make your main meal mid-day.
    If you are bothered with reflux at night, it may help to prop your head and shoulders up with pillows so that your head is about 30 degrees higher than your stomach.


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