Say NO to Heartburn! Learn the Best Remedies to Fight Heartburn

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Say NO to Heartburn! Learn the Best Remedies to Fight Heartburn

Last update: 17 June, 2020

There are plenty of ways to fight heartburn, which is a very bothersome digestive imbalance that can cause discomfort and promote other diseases over time due to the altered pH levels. In this article, we’re going to explain the possible causes of heartburn and why it’s best not to overuse antacids.  We’ll also share the best ancient and natural remedies to naturally fight heartburn.

Possible causes

The most common causes of heartburn or gastric acid are:

  • Poor diet or excess of acidic foods
  • Habitual consumption of medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or oral contraceptives
  • Bad habits
  • Stress.
  • Weak digestion

About antacids

You can find antacids in pharmacies, and a lot of people also use baking soda to alleviate heartburn. You must know that these remedies only deal with the problem temporarily and never truly cure it. On the contrary, if you use too many antacids, you could drastically alter the acids in your stomach over time, which could lead to multiple illnesses.

Damaging foods

You should also avoid the following foods as much as possible, as they are unhealthy:

  • Dairy
  • Sugars
  • Fried foods
  • Refined foods
  • Industrially baked goods
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Mate
  • Spices like cinnamon, cloves, ginger or pepper
  • Tobacco

Fight heartburn with these foods

There are certain foods, however, that have the ability to alkalize. They promote digestion or act as natural antacids, such as the following:

  • Lemon: in spite of being a citrus fruit and acidic, lemon has a neutralizing effect on acids once it arrives at the stomach.  That’s why it is recommended to habitually consume lemon (in moderation), combined with meals and in juices, mixed with water.
  • Millet: millet is the only alkalizing grain, which is why you should consume it more often than other grains like rice, wheat, etc.
  • Pineapple: pineapple facilitates digestion thanks to its proteolytic enzymes, but you shouldn’t mix it with carbohydrates – breads, pasta, pastries, rice, etc.). It’s the perfect dessert for before or after eating vegetables or salads and meat or fish.
  • Cabbage: cabbage helps heal ulcers but there are a lot of people who don’t digest it well when raw. Eat it cooked with a pinch of cumin, raw but soaked in a vinaigrette, or even as sauerkraut.
  • Pepper: pepper is a solanaceae vegetable that acts as a great gastric toner to fight heartburn.
  • Grapes: one of the most alkalizing fruits, but you should consume it preferably organic because they contain a lot of pesticides.

Although these foods are especially recommended to fight heartburn, there are some people that do not tolerate them well.  If you feel like any of these foods give you heartburn, you should eliminate them from your diet.

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Potato, cabbage and carrot

Consume just three vegetables for three days: potatoes, cabbage and carrots.  If you would like, and if the season allows it, you could also add another vegetable that tastes good to you. You could also consume apples in different forms: boiled, baked, raw or blended.

These vegetables are great if you want to fight heartburn.

Clay water

Another natural antacid to that you can consume to fight heartburn without damaging your body is orally administered white clay. This is sold in diet or herbal stores. Mix one teaspoon of clay with water, and mix using a wooden spoon. Mix once again after 10 minutes and drink it.

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