Top 11 Effective Home Remedies To Ease Heartburn April 25, 2016

Whether it was the office party you attended or the wedding reception of a relative you simply couldn’t miss, you gave in to your desire and gorged on the food like it was going out of style! And now, you feel your heart burning up in protest. Your stomach is on fire, you’re uneasy, nauseous, and feel very, very uncomfortable. You, my friend, are down with a classic case of heartburn.

What Is Heartburn?

Although the name for this common ailment is heartburn, it technically has nothing to do with the heart. It is concerned with the gastrointestinal tract. The stomach contains strong acids to digest the food we eat. When this acid rises back into your esophagus, it stings the lining in your throat and causes a painful burning sensation in your chest and/or neck. This is called as heartburn. If you experience heartburn more than twice a week, then you might be suffering from a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) (1, 2). Proper medical advice is recommended in this case.

Home Remedies For Heartburn Relief

Though it is very easily cured by an OTC antacid, some people are wary of going the ‘chemical’way to soothe this acid reflux. And it’s for these people that we have whipped up a list of 11 home remedies for heartburn to ease the discomfort.

Ease That Painful Heartburn With These Remedies

  1. Baking Soda
  2. Vinegar
  3. Herbal Tea
  4. Milk
  5. Mustard
  6. Honey
  7. Water
  8. Licorice Root
  9. Almonds
  10. Banana Or Apple
  11. Aloe Vera

1. Baking Soda

Baking Soda

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You Will Need

  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • A glass of water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the baking soda to the water and stir well.
  2. Drink this water to ease the burning sensation caused by the heartburn.

When You Need To Do This

Just a glass of this water should do the trick.

Why This Works

Baking soda, also called as sodium bicarbonate, is a natural antacid that alleviates the symptoms of heartburn and acid indigestion. It counteracts the stomach acid and pushes it back down into the stomach (3).

Caution

Since baking soda contains very high amount of salt, it is not recommended for very frequent use. 

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2. Vinegar

Vinegar

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You Will Need

  • 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • A glass of water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the vinegar and honey to the water and mix well.
  2. Drink this mixture to ease the heartburn.

When You Need To Do This

Have ACV water every day to reduce or totally eradicate the chances of heartburn.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar is one of best home remedies for heartburn. It is a tried and tested method employed by thousands of people across the globe to eliminate heartburn symptoms and also to prevent them from developing in the future. It is said to bring the gastric juices to a normal level (4). 

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3. Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea

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You Will Need

  • 1 chamomile or green tea bag
  • A cup of hot water

What You Have To Do

  1. Dip the tea bag in the hot water and let it steep for a few minutes.
  2. Sip this herbal tea while it’s warm.

When You Need To Do This

You can drink two to three cups of herbal tea.

Why This Works

Chamomile soothes gastrointestinal irritation and lowers gastric acidity, thus relieving you from the heartburn (5). Green tea, on the other hand, has antioxidants, and also possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. All these properties work together to remove toxins, kill harmful bacteria in the stomach, and restore the acid levels (6). 

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4. Milk

Milk

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You Will Need

8 oz of skimmed milk

What You Have To Do

Drink skimmed milk before going to bed or in between meals as a snack.

When You Need To Do This

Have a glass or two of milk in a day.

Why This Works

Skimmed milk increases the pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter, thus relieving heartburn and also aiding in preventing it in the future (7).

Caution

Do not overdo this home remedy as excess amount of milk might make the heartburn condition worse.

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5. Mustard

Mustard

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You Will Need

1teaspoon of yellow mustard

What You Have To Do

  1. Directly gulp down the mustard with a cup of water.
  2. You can also add two teaspoons of mustard powder to a glass of buttermilk and drink it.

When You Need To Do This

Usethis remedy just when you sense a heartburn developing or even in the middle of one.

Why This Works

Mustard is alkaline in nature and neutralizes the stomach acid that rises up in your throat (8).

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6. Honey

Honey

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey
  • A glass of lukewarm water

What You Have To Do

Mix the honey well with lukewarm water and drink this an hour before you have your meals.

When You Need To Do This

You can drink two to three glasses of this water to cure heartburn.

Why This Works

It soothes the damaged lining of the esophagus. It has anti-inflammatory properties that relieve pain in the throat and chest. Also, it contains potassium that restores the acid balance in the stomach (9). 

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7. Water

Water

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You Will Need

A glass of cold water

What You Have To Do

When you sense a heartburn developing, drink a glass of cold water and take a small walk.

When You Need To Do This

This is the first thing to do when you have a heartburn.

Why This Works

Cold water calms down the burning in your throat and chest. It will also stabilize the body fluids and alleviate the symptoms of heartburn.

Caution

Do not drink very chilled water.

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8. Licorice Root

Licorice Root

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You Will Need

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice root (DGL) tablets

What You Have To Do

Chew two tablets 20 minutes before meals.

When You Need To Do This

Have these tablets thrice a day.

Why This Works

Licorice adds a protective coating on the esophagus and also the intestine, thus relieving the burning sensation from the stomach acid. It also has anti-inflammatory properties (8).

Caution

Make sure to use deglycyrrhizinated licorice as excessive glycyrrhizic acid can cause metabolic complications. 

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9. Almonds

Almonds

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You Will Need

3-4 raw or roastedalmonds

What You Have To Do

  1. After every meal, eat three to four almonds.
  2. You can eat them after you ingest anything.

When You Need To Do This

Include almonds in your daily diet for long-term relief from heartburn.

Why This Works

Almonds contain alkaline compounds that neutralize the stomach juices and help you to get rid of that annoying heartburn (10).

Caution

Do not eat them in large amounts. 

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10. Banana Or Apple

Banana Or Apple

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You Will Need

A ripe banana or an apple

What You Have To Do

  1. Eat either of the two fruits every day.
  2. Bananas are better eaten in the mornings, where as apples can be eaten at any time of the day.

When You Need To Do This

Include these super healthy fruits in your daily food routine.

Why This Works

Bananas have a low acid content and act as a natural antacid. They also get rid of the bacteria that might be causing the acid reflux (10). Apples contains organic acids that help to stabilize the stomach juices and relieve heartburn (11).

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11. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

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You Will Need

1/2 cup of aloe vera juice

What You Have To Do

Drink this juice half an hour before meals.

When You Need To Do This

If you are prone to heartburns, drink this juice every day.

Why This Works

Aloe vera juice reduces inflammation in the esophagus and stomach and reduces the frequency of heartburn (12).

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What Causes Heartburn?

When food enters the mouth, it passes through the esophagus into the stomach through a small sphincter known as lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When this sphincter does not close tightly, the acid from the stomach regurgitates and causes heartburn. Foods and drinks that can trigger heartburn include:

  • Spicy or fried food
  • Chocolate
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Tomato
  • Caffeine

Also, certain medications that are used for high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, heart disease, sea sickness, and birth control can cause heartburns .

What Are The Symptoms Of Heartburn?

Symptoms of heartburn, also called as acid reflux, include:-

  • Painful, burning sensation in the chest
  • Burning sensation in the throat
  • Discomfort
  • Problems in swallowing
  • Burping
  • A sour taste in the back of the mouth
  • Sore throat (13)

What Does Heartburn Feel Like And How Long Does It Last?

When experiencing a heartburn, you feel a burning sensation in your chest and throat. You might also feel some pressure on the chest. Persistent discomfort is also usually present, and this increases when you bend or lie down. You can taste the sour acid at the back of your mouth, and to add to that, there is also difficulty while swallowing anything. It can last anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours(13, 14).

In conclusion, we would only like to advise you to not get too comfortable using any of these remedies for a prolonged period of time. If heartburn is a problem that you’re constantly battling with, then it is best to consult a physician and check if there’s a more serious underlying cause. Prevention is definitely better than cure!

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