Do you feel uncomfortable with a burning sensation in your chest? Does that keep bothering you quite often? You are probably suffering from heartburn, a fairly common symptom in adults due to acid reflux. The heart feels as if it’s on fire. The unpleasant sensation burns the throat and can lead to nausea or even vomiting. Want to know more about the condition and how you can treat it? Then go ahead and give this post a read!
What Is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux is a term given to a sensation when the stomach acid flows upwards into the esophagus resulting in what is known as heartburn. Acid reflux is scientifically known as gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD.
Why Does It Occur?
After your food passes through your esophagus into your stomach, a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) closes, not allowing the food or acid to move back up. Acid reflux occurs when the LES relaxes incorrectly, thereby permitting acid from your stomach to flow or reflux backward into your esophagus. Stomach acids are needed to digest the food consumed. However, if too much acid develops in the stomach, several uncomfortable symptoms, including gas and bloating, or a burning sensation in your throat and stomach can be experienced. This usually occurs after consuming certain types of foods or eating too fast without chewing well, or lying down soon after a meal. Certain conditions such as obesity or pregnancy may also lead to an increase in stomach acid.
Acid reflux can be caused due to a variety of reasons. Common ones include – overeating, obesity, increased consumption of fatty foods, caffeine, alcohol based drinks, smoking, resting soon after meals and stress. Its symptoms include a burning feeling in the chest, bloating, nausea, vomiting, burping and sore throat. Certain medications may settle the discomfort, but can have negative side effects. It is advisable to try out some natural remedies to find what helps you best to treat your condition. You need to reach out for simple things found in day-to-day kitchens which will help you settle down. The answer to heartburn and acid indigestion lies in being able to restore your natural gastric balance and function.
When your stomach is unwell, it is needless to say that you need to avoid food that will further trigger and worsen the condition. The same can be said about GERD. Those of you suffering from GERD will recover if you avoid the following, for these may worsen your condition and leave you feeling rather restless and uneasy (1).
Stomach Burning Home Remedies – Top 12:
Some remedies you can use to help you overcome the burning sensation in your stomach are as follows:
1. Try Drinking Baking Soda:
A teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate can assist in bringing relief to the burning sensation of heartburn due to acid reflux. Baking soda is the common name for sodium bicarbonate and is alkaline in nature and will help cure your heartburn as its pH is higher than 7.0. This neutralizes stomach acid, and if it rises in the throat you don’t get the burning sensation. Use by mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water until it dissolves completely and drink it to neutralize stomach acid (2). Add honey or lemon for taste if you want. Avoid using this remedy for more than a week at a go, as it is high in salt and can lead to swelling or nausea.
2. Consume Aloe Vera Juice Before Meals:
Aloe is a plant usually used to soothe burns. Though there is no scientific backing to this remedy, use of this herb does help with heartburn as it reduces inflammation (3). This means when your stomach starts feeling irritated and inflamed, a cold glass of Aloe Vera juice may just help it calm down. Drink ½ cup of Aloe juice, cool or at room temperature, before meals. Choose one that has the laxative component removed.
3. Chew Sugar Free Gum:
Chewing gum stimulates the salivary glands thereby increasing the flow of saliva. As a result, any acid that has built up in the gut is diluted and washed away quickly. The clearance of acid then improves the symptoms of heartburn. Chew a piece of sugar free gum or suck on a lemon drop or sour candy to stimulate the production of saliva. Saliva is alkaline, so swallowing saliva neutralizes stomach acid.
4. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar:
Yes, when you have this acid burning your esophagus, ingesting more acid can calm it down. Actually, acid reflux is due to a lack of acid in your stomach that makes the lower esophageal sphincter slack and you suffer reflux in your esophagus. It is the acid itself that tells the sphincter to tighten and close off. If this is the reason for your heartburn then try drinking some pure, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and see the results for yourself. In simpler terms, your stomach begins to churn rather violently when it is lacking the acid, and this causes a reflux (4). Mix 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 6-8 ounces of fresh water and drink. Repeat before each meal – before bedtime and 2-3 times during the day. You can add honey or have it straight up.
5. Eat Banana/Apple/Papaya:
Bananas are rich in natural anti-acids that act as a buffer against acid reflux. A simple home remedy is to eat a ripe banana every day. They are a rich source of potassium and help keep the level of acid production in your stomach in control. Certain elements in the fruit also help to increase the production of mucous in your stomach, which in turn protects it from the harmful effects of excessive acid production. As bananas are high in fiber content, it helps speed up digestion, thus minimizing incidences of acidity.
Or you could also try an apple a day. Slice one up and eat it a couple of hours before bedtime to relieve or prevent discomfort. You can also eat papaya to get relief from acid reflux. Papaya contains enzymes, which are useful in the digestion process.
6. Ginger Holds The Answer:
Ginger root is an effective therapy that is helpful in easing a number of stomach problems – from nausea to acid reflux. Sipping a cup of freshly brewed ginger tea about 20 minutes before a meal can help calm your stomach and also act as an acid buffer. Purchase whole ginger root from a health food or natural store. Slice off a piece and suck on it, swallowing the juices to neutralize stomach acids. You can also use grated ginger in cooking. Mix it with yogurt or fruit salads, or make a tea. Slice up three 1 inch sized pieces of ginger root and simmer in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Cover the saucepan. Strain and drink about 20 minutes before a meal. You can also crush some ginger to extract its juice and mix some lemon juice in it. Drink this mixture. Or else, mix crushed ginger with a small piece of jaggery and suck on it till the juice reaches your stomach. Consumption of ginger will instantly lower the acid reflux (5).
7. Eat That Mustard:
Mustard is an alkaline food full of minerals and containing a weak acid in the form of vinegar. It may be a bit difficult to consume raw mustard, but because of its alkaline attributes, it will help neutralize the acid that has come rising in your throat. Eat 1 teaspoon of good quality yellow mustard straight up or with a glass of water.
8. Consume Almonds Regularly:
A natural remedy for heartburn is almonds. Eat some almonds after every meal or after anything you eat. Try to consume organic almonds if possible. These nuts neutralize the juices in your stomach, relieving and preventing instances of heartburn.
9. Chamomile Can Soothe the Burn:
Drink a cup of chamomile tea about 1/2 – 1 hour before going to bed. It can aid in reducing inflammation in your stomach and neutralizes acidity levels. It also works wonders for relieving stress, which can trigger acid reflux, and helps have a restful night. You can use the instant chamomile tea variety or you can easily make your own fresh tea.
- Boil one cup of water in a cooking pot, and then reduce the heat.
- Stir in 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile petals, and let them simmer for 45 seconds.
- Remove from heat and let the petals soak for another minute or two before straining them. Pour the tea into a mug, and add a bit of honey or lemon if you wish.
Herbal teas that contain spearmint and licorice are one of the most effective home remedies for burning sensation in stomach. They are known for their acid-neutralizing effect. Tea made from licorice root is highly soothing and helpful in treating acid reflux. A thin layer of mucus is formed in the lining of the esophagus, which protects it from the acids coming up from the stomach. You could also drink a glass of cabbage juice or coconut water daily to keep your stomach acids balanced.
10. Chew Basil:
The therapeutic properties of basil leaves give instant relief from gas, acidity, and nausea. Simply eat some washed basil leaves thoroughly at the first onset of signs of an acid upset. Be sure to chew them thoroughly. You could also boil three to five basil leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes. Add honey, if you like it sweet. Drink the basil tea without milk. Sip it frequently. For those who are suffering from acidity rather frequently it is advisable to keep crushed and dried basil leaves handy which can be consumed with water for instant relief. Basil has a cooling effect which helps reduce overall pain and burning associated with acid reflux.
11. Drink Buttermilk /Milk Often:
Another simple home remedy for acidity is buttermilk. As it is rich in lactic acid it helps normalize the acidity in the stomach. You can drink ready-made buttermilk or make it yourself. Grind half to one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds with a little water to make a paste. Mix it in a glass of buttermilk and consume it. You can also add ground cumin seeds, black pepper powder, ginger and some fresh coriander. Drink buttermilk several times a day until you feel better. Milk, like buttermilk can also help stabilize gastric acids in the stomach and give you reprieve from acidity. Milk is rich in calcium, which prevents the build-up of stomach acid. Have a glass of cold milk after your meals to avoid or soothe acidity problems.
12. Suck On Slippery Elm:
Slippery elm is one of the best herbal remedies to treat acid reflux. It lines and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach and intestines. It contains antioxidants that can help calm inflammatory bowel symptoms. As it stimulates the nerve endings in your gastrointestinal tract, mucus secretion is enhanced which protects your GI tract against ulcers and excess acidity. You can suck a slippery elm lozenge in order to get relief from chronic heartburn. It also provides respite from cough and throat ache due to acid reflux. Have it as tea, a tincture or capsules. In addition to the above stomach burning home remedies, you can also try eating fennel seeds, cardamom, clove, fenugreek seeds, and coriander and cumin seeds. There are also known to ease stomach burning. Lemon juice when mixed with warm water and had on an empty stomach first thing in the morning relieves the signs of acid reflux to a large extent. It helps in maintaining a proper balance of acids in the stomach and hence minimizes acid reflux. Heartburn caused due to acid reflux is a very uncomfortable feeling that originates in the stomach, but travels all the way up the esophagus to cause a burning sensation in the throat and chest areas. The reasons for heartburn can be many – from eating spicy food to sleeping right away after a meal. There are medicines that help reduce stomach burning, but it is advisable to try simple home remedies and see which offers you the fastest relief from acid reflux. Simple changes in lifestyle and diet can also help. Do you know of any other home remedies for stomach burning? Share with us in the comments section!
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