If you suffer from heartburn, you are in the right place. Home remedies for heartburn help millions of people, all around the World, each year. You should be one of them. Even more, most ingredients, for these natural remedies, you probably already have somewhere in your kitchen or medicine cabinet. If not, they are widely available and are downright cheap. They are easy to use, powerful and will give you that heartburn relief you were dreaming of.
Before we start you should know what are the symptoms and causes of Heartburn.
Heartburn…symptoms and causes
Although its name might be a bit confusing, heartburn has actually nothing to do with the heart. It’s a burning feeling in your lower chest accompanied by a sour or bitter taste in your throat or mouth. This is because your stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, which is the tube bringing the food from your mouth to your stomach.
Normally a valve called esophageal sphincter together with gravity keeps your meal and stomach acid where it belongs, inside your stomach. It only opens up to let food in the stomach and occasionally to let air out.
Occasional heartburn is a very common thing to happen and is usually no cause for alarm. It happens mostly after a big meal and is often made worse when you lie down or bend over. But it can also be one of the symptoms of acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease also called GERD.
Heartburn symptoms include:
- A burning feeling or even pain in the lower chest and or throat, like the food is not going down properly and is even rising up again. It usually occurs after eating and sometimes happens at night.
- The feeling or pain worsens when you lie down or bend over
Caution! When you also have severe chest pain combined with difficulty breathing or pain in your arm, feeling dizzy and lightheaded, this might be a symptom of a heart attack. If so immediately seek medical help!
You may have acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease also called GERD if:
- you have heartburn more than two times a week.
- symptoms insist even after different natural heartburn remedies.
- you also have difficulty swallowing.
- also you experience unexplained and serious weight loss.
- if you vomit blood or blood just comes from your throat.
- when you feel tightness in your throat or feeling that food is stuck there.
- you have hoarseness or a hoarse voice.
- you experience nausea.
Most often, it’s acid reflux that causes it. Your esophageal sphincter relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach and then it closes again. If this valve relaxes too much or is weakened, stomach acid flows up into your esophagus. This is even made worse when you lie down or bend over.
Foods and drinks that can trigger heartburn:
- Greasy, fatty, fried or spicy food
- Coffee,both regular and the decaffeinated version and other drinks that contain caffeine
- Tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato products like ketchup etc
- Peppermint or mint
- Black pepper
- Soft drinks
Other common causes of Heartburn and Acid Reflux:
- Overeating– Eating too much or too much too fast forces some of your stomach acid up.
- Eating before going to bed– When you lie down gravity loses its grip and stomach juice can flow back.
- Being overweight or obese– The excess fat puts pressure on your stomach forcing stomach juice out.
- Constipation– constipation increases the chance of acid reflux and heartburn.
- Slower emptying of the stomach
- Hernia– This is when a small portion of the stomach pushes up through the muscle that separates the lungs from the abdomen called the diaphragm. The valve closing your stomach can’t close enough anymore.
- Anxiety and stress– These can increase the amount of acid your stomach makes and cause your stomach to empty more slowly.
- Smoking or using other tobacco products– This relaxes the esophagea sphincter and stimulates the production of stomach acid.
- Certain diseases– Some other diseases weaken the esophageal sphincter, such as scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease.
- Pregnancy– Raised hormone levels during pregnancy or greater pressure on the stomach because of the growing uterus and baby can cause heartburn.
- Certain medicines– Medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen, sleeping pills, some antidepressants and medicines for high blood pressure may cause heartburn.
Home remedies for Heartburn
One of the best remedies there is. Mint tea will regulate your acidity. Drink a cup of warm mint tea, prepared without any sweeteners.
Eating an apple, or sometimes even just a part of it, as a heartburn home remedy can really give you heartburn relief. It works basically the same as the vinegar part, where the good acids help you stop the heartburn. It varies again from individual to individual to which variety works best for you, experiment a bit.
Apple cider vinegar
Why on earth drink something that contains acid when I suffer from acid coming up my esophagus and throat? Even though research has been done on this subject, still nobody has a clear answer. It is suggested that the acid in the apple cider vinegar stops the stomach from making more acid because the level is more than high enough. The only thing we know is that it works almost like magic as heartburn relief for many people.
You can take a glass of water or apple juice and add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to it and drink it after a meal. You could add some honey for taste. Drinking this before or during meals could also help prevent heartburn.
Another option is to mix apple juice, grape juice and apple cider vinegar and drink it before or after a meal. Because each individual reacts differently you could experiment a bit with the amounts you use, try more or less apple cider vinegar or more or less of the other ingredients. See what works best for you as a heartburn home remedy
Sodium bicarbonate (Baking soda)
Sodium bicarbonate is probably better known as baking soda. This is also a widely used natural heartburn remedy that neutralizes the acid. Simple, effective and harmless when taken in the right quantities. Simply add a teaspoon of baking soda to a big glass of water, stir and drink it.
Potatoes, carrots or celery
One of the oldest natural home remedies for heartburn is using these vegetables. Its use is widespread across the world and that’s because they are very effective. It seems like the alkaline potato, carrot or celery juices temper the acids. Grate or shred a potato, carrot or celery and eat it. This has proven to fight the most serious cases of heartburn the natural way. Another way is to put them in a juicer and drink the juice.
A very simple natural acid reflux remedy is to slowly eat a banana when you feel a heartburn attack coming up. It will neutralize the acid, and don’t drink anything in the meantime.