Home Remedies for Heartburn

Suffering from heartburn becomes more common everyday, due to stress, bad diet, and nerves.  But this doesn’t mean we need to suffer without doing anything in regards to it just because “everyone else has it too”.  Familiarize yourself with a few home remedies for heart burn.

Information regarding heartburn

The medical term is “pyrosis”, but it is commonly known as “heartburn”.  It is a feeling of “fire” or burning in the esophagus, just below the sternum.  Other symptoms include an acidic or bitter taste in the mouth, similar to what is experienced just before vomiting.  It can also cause difficulty is swallowing foods or drinks, or pain while eating or drinking.

Heartburn is caused by a regurgitation of stomach acid.  The pain begins in the chest area, and sometimes can expand towards the throat, the jaw, or the neck.  One third of the population suffers from heartburn once a month.  A few reasons it could appear are:

  • Consuming lots of food or alcohol
  • Having a full stomach for long periods of time
  • Skipping breakfast
  • Eating lots of greasy or spicy foods
  • Pregnancy
  • Older than 60 years of age
  • Obesity

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A few recommendations to prevent this problem are avoiding irritating foods like coffee, alcohol, sauces, and spicy and fried foods.  It is also recommended to avoid going to bed if you are symptomatic, because this helps the esophageal acids to “rise” towards the throat.  If you frequently suffer from heartburn, it is important that you see a doctor, because this could be due to ulcers.  If this is only occasional, you could use natural remedies, or antacids purchased at a pharmacy.




Foods that help reduce stomach acid

You could treat this annoying problem by consuming these foods,:

  • Chewing gum: this will increase the flow of saliva in your mouth, and will neutralize gastric acids.
  • Ginger: you can consume it as an infusion in boiling water.  This is an effective stomach tonic.
  • Mustard: 1 tsp. alleviates symptoms.  This should be eaten alone, or on a piece of toast.
  • Almonds: eat two or three after meals so the symptoms do not appear.
  • Sodium bicarbonate: 1 tsp. in a glass of warm water.  Drink slowly to neutralize stomach acid.
  • Oatmeal: eat rolled oats during breakfast with milk or yogurt.
  • Potato: peel and grate a potato.  Drink the squeezed juice with a spoon.
  • Banana: this could be eaten before or after meals.

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  • Apple cider vinegar: dilute 1 tsp. in a glass of water and sip.
  • Cantaloupe: this fruit is very good for heartburn.
  • Fennel: good for digestive processes and burning.
  • Parsley: you can eat it fresh and diced in meals.
  • Papaya: aids digestions and calms discomforts, like burning in the pit of your stomach.
  • Apples: useful for digesting foods better.
  • Pineapple: perfect for eating after heavy or plentiful foods.
  • Cinnamon: drink tea with this spice to improve the burning sensation.

Natural heartburn remedies

If you want to counteract the burning sensation in the pit of your stomach after lunch or dinner, you could try a few of these natural home remedies:

  • Make a juice with 2 lettuce leaves and 4 carrots (peeled).  Place in the blender with one cup of water.  Blend for 5 minutes.  Strain, and drink on an empty stomach before breakfast.
  • Place a stick of wormwood in one cup of water to boil.  Cover, let set and drink before breakfast.
  • Boil 1 Tbsp. boldo leaves and 1 artichoke leaf per each cup of water, for 5 minutes.  Let set, strain, and drink one cup a day for an entire month.
  • Boil 1 liter of water and add 15 grams of dried basil.  Let set.  Drink 3 cups a day, after each meal.

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  • Mix 30 grams of sage with 30 grams of lemon verbena.  Place 1 tsp. in a glass of hot water to make an infusion.  Drink after eating.
  • Mix one egg white with 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and drink several times throughout the day.
  • Place a few dates in one cup of boiling water, and then drink the resulting liquid.
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