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Heartburn Remedies Information

Updated on April 12, 2010

Heartburn can be such an irritating feeling. Not only can it can burn and hurt., but it can be severe enough that people sometimes mistaken it for having an actual heart attack. The pain can can range from burning up in your throat all the way down to your diaphragm. Some people cough relentlessly or get sour tastes in their mouth. Heartburn is a common symptom of GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease.

There are many causes of heartburn and some are person dependent. Some of the causes range range from eating spicy foods, to drinking soft drinks. These triggers lead to the stomach letting acid slip up through the valve between the esophagus and the stomach. Others include pregnancy from the pressure the baby places on the abdomen constriction of your stomach by wearing too tight of clothes to even bending over after dinner. So what kind of heartburn remedies are there available to help with this problem?

Home Remedies for Heartburn

There are plenty of over the counter medications you can use to help with heartburn, but I prefer using natural remedies to get rid of my ailments. That being said, garlic of all things is one of the most beneficial home remedies for heartburn you can use. While it may not give you good breath, it has the effect of helping reduce the stomach acid that you are producing. You can either take garlic by supplement which is much easier on your neighbors, or you can chew on garlic cloves. I prefer the garlic pills because garlic cloves actually are kind of hot on my tongue, although my wife loves to eat the cloves. So pick what you prefer. You can also take a garlic extract. Either way, garlic is very beneficial to good health and I recommend it to be part of your overall nutritional program.

Drink milk. Dairy products are more than just good for your bones. They are also great natural heartburn remedies because the calcium in them helps neutralize the extra acid your stomach produces and because the calcium helps you maintain a balance in your pH, which keeps your body acidity in check.

Peppermint. Peppermint is very good at helping to heal heartburn. It is one of the best natural remedies for heartburn I am aware of. Peppermint is very soothing and you can grow it at home. I live in a cold climate and I grow mint in the summer and dry it for tea in the winter. In the summer, I chew on the leaves and this helps. The mint helps ease your digestion. A friend of mine grew up overseas and told me in his country they dip the mint leaf into apple cider vinegar and chew it. He said doing that on a regular basis will decrease your appetite, which will help keep you from overeating and reduce the workload on your stomach. I have tried this and it worked for me. It took about two weeks to start seeing a reduced appetite, but if you choose to just try it for heartburn when you have symptoms, it will help simply chewing on the leaf during pain.

natural remedy for heartburn

Natural Remedies for Heartburn

Baking Soda. Baking soda is an alkali and therefore is a natural acid neutralizer. It helps balance your pH. Please watch the video as Jen gives a recipe on how to use it to help with heartburn. She is a biochemist who used to work for the center for disease control.

Ginger. Ginger is a natural heartburn remedy that has been used for many years. It is useful because it helps with digestion which will in turn help with heartburn. I have also taken it for nausea and it does work. There are several ways you can take ginger. You can drink it as a tea or you can put it in your food as a powder. You can also go to a health store and purchase ginger supplements. Another way is to actually chew on the ginger root. This has a fairly hot sensation for your tongue, so if you don't wish to experience that, I suggest another way. I have chewed on ginger root when I've had an upset stomach, also.  I recommend it as part of a good acid reflux disease diet

Chewing your food. Outside of choosing our diet, we can be our own worst enemies when it comes to some of our digestion problems. Have you ever seen a cow chew grass. It chews over and over and over. Not that we are cows, but they are a good example of how to chew. Most of us don't take the time to actually chew our food. We swallow it almost whole. This makes our stomach have to work overtime in order to digest our food. The stomach has to produce extra acid to break this food down and that can lead to heartburn symptoms.

We tend to overeat whenever we don't chew properly also which will not help your situation. Most of the time we overeat it is because we want to continue to taste the food more than the fact of we are still hungry. Take the time to actually see what your food tastes like and you can avoid two problems with one solution. Help yourself and use one of the most natural cures for heartburn that you always have available, You!

Other Natural Remedies Resources

If you are interested in using natural remedies for other maladies, here are some resources you can look at:

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Heartburn Remedies Questions and Comments

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    • tbfrascone profile imageAUTHOR

      tbfrascone 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      @Wendy-thanks for stopping by. Thanks for the baking soda endorsement. I get heartburn occasionally. I knew about baking soda, but just found the video yesterday. I'm going to have to try out her concoction next time I get it.

      @JCielo-thanks for stopping by. It could be genetic. It could be possible you and your family has a genetic tendency to having a weak valve between your esophagus and stomach. I struggle with eating fast myself. I am trying to make a conscious effort to slow down, but as they say old habits die hard

    • JCielo profile image

      JCielo 

      8 years ago from England

      I suffer a lot from this, as did my father and his brothers. Could there be a genetic effect? My biggest problem, I think, is that I tend to eat very fast without chewing enough.

    • Wendy Krick profile image

      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      I remember my Grandfather using baking soda for heart burn. He swore by it.

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