Six Natural Remedies for Heartburn
Acid reflux is caused by stomach acid that travels from the stomach to the esophagus and is exacerbated by certain trigger foods. Gravity helps keep food and stomach acid from backing up into the esophagus immediately following a meal. It is best to allow food to digest for two to three hours after eating before lying down.
Just about any food will cause acid reflux if too much is eaten too fast. This happens because the stomach does not have the chance to signal to the brain that it is full and when it becomes overfull, stomach contents and acid is likely to back up into the esophagus. To avoid this, take small bites of food slowly and stop eating when you feel full. This allows to stomach to digest its food more effectively and efficiently.
Baking soda is a natural antacid and can temporarily neutralize acid reflux pain. However, it does release carbon dioxide, which will open the lower esophageal sphincter and perhaps relieve pressure from bloating, but it can also allow stomach contents into the esophagus. To use, dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda into 8 ounces of water.
Fresh ginger is one of the oldest remedies for heartburn and a number of other gastrointestinal problems including nausea. Ginger can be added to food when it is cooked, eaten raw or used in ginger tea.
Turmeric is plant in the ginger family that is used in many curry dishes. It helps stimulate digestion and prevent acid build up. It can be added to many foods or taken in capsul form before meals to prevent acid reflux.
Aloe Vera plants are truly incredible. Not only can it help quickly heal sunburn and other wounds, its juice can be used to soothe an irritated esophagus. However, use only Aloe Vera juice that has been specifically prepared for internal use.