Effective Heartburn Remedies Without Spending
Experiencing heartburn is very irritating- in fact, heartburn episodes can affect your work and normal daily activities. Each time you feel a burning sensation in your upper torso, you would just want to get yourself a glass of cold water and squeeze your chest to get some relief. But hold on- perhaps you’re missing out some of the important stuff why heartburn happens.
Heartburn remedies are targeted towards treating the underlying condition- that is, acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) fails to completely close thus, stomach contents backflow into the esophagus. You have to understand the things that trigger heartburn and avoid them to come up with the best heartburn remedies.
Here are a few of my favorite natural remedies using products you probably already have in your home. First I’d like to touch on the most common natural remedy that is general associated with heartburn and that baking soda, many people know that if you add some baking soda to water and drink it you can achieve fairly fast relief, usually within the hour. However I like to take it a step further when it comes to my heartburn remedies and also add honey, ginger and vinegar. Ginger and vinegar have been known to severely reduce heartburn and acid reflux symptoms, so adding them to my baking soda solution is a great triple threat to fighting heartburn – Why do I add honey? Well frankly because those 3 ingredients mixed together don’t taste particular good, so the honey adds some flavor to the solution. Also after every heartburn inducing meal I like to suck on a peppermint as I’ve heard good things about this practice and it seems to be working, and if not it at least makes my breath smell fresh, haha.
There are a number of heartburn remedies available to you. In fact, you need not go to the nearest pharmacy to get hold of some antacids and other stuff. Here are some non-pharmacological remedies which you can make use of to spare yourself from spending too much on relieving this annoying pain in your chest:
Steer clear from spicy and hot foods. These are known triggers of heartburn attacks. Hot and spicy foods and beverages can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter, thus best avoid these foods to live a heartburn free life.
Try to consume small amount of meals several times in a day. This will inhibit the stomach from producing a large amount of acidic enzymes to break down the food. Also, eating a large amount of food in one sitting can expand your gastric contents, leading to backflow of food.
One of the most effective heartburn remedies is to try to walk around after a meal and avoid lying down immediately after eating. A leeway of one to two hours should be given to allow food to settle and be digested first. Also, when lying down, it is advised to keep your upper torso elevate at least four to six inches higher than your lower torso and your legs. I also like the practice of lying down in the bed and elevated my head above my chest to help reduce the amount bile that heads up my throat. It seems to be helping.
These are the most common heartburn remedies that you can employ at home. In case your heartburn symptoms do not decrease or does not alleviate, it would be best to consult your doctor as you may already need some pharmacologic treatment. Seeking professional help will also help you understand the root cause of heartburn as your chest pain might also indicate another disorder apart from acid reflux.
There are several million Americans suffering from the same discomforts like you do.
Heartburn remedies are proven to be effective in lessening the exacerbation of acid reflux without the use of medications. Keep up to date on all the herbal and natural remedies for this ailment by signing up to our newsletter located on the right side of this page. With all ailments if it gets worse and worse please be sure to seek medical advice from a qualified physician and good luck and good health to you.