The vast majority of adults experience heartburn at some point during their life. Beyond being uncomfortable, it can pose some pretty serious threats. But, how do you get rid of heartburn naturally?
Traditional doctors will typically recommend over-the-counter and prescription medications. Unfortunately, these treatments typically only address the symptoms. At Tru Health Medicine, we consider heartburn to be a symptom of other GI imbalances. We use natural therapies to treat the underlying cause of heartburn and other GI problems.
Natural heartburn remedies can help you stop heartburn before it even occurs. The following home remedies and tips could help you get rid of heartburn for good:
Chew a Piece of Xylitol Gum
After a meal, pop in a stick of sugar-free gum. Heartburn is often called by a "buildup of acid". Chewing gum stimulates your salivary glands, effectively increasing the flow of saliva. The added liquid can help dilute acid that’s built up and keep you from suffering.
Drink a Cup of Ginger Root Tea
Beyond tasting great, ginger is an incredibly powerful root. It can help ease any number of stomach discomforts including acid reflux, motion sickness, and heartburn. Plus, this natural remedy is easy to make. Add 4 – 5 thin slices of ginger Root to a cup. Add hot water and allow to steep for at least five minutes before drinking. For the best effects, drink one cup daily.
Keep Your Chin Up and Don't Eat Late
Literally. Keep your chin up. Avoid lying down at completely horizontal angle. If you lay down completely flat, gravity works against you. This can often result in acid coming back up from your stomach. Instead, sleep propped up slightly, so that your stomach is always lower than your head.
Bonus Tip: Propping yourself up on pillows, but keep rolling off? Consider wedging a few books under your mattress near the head of your bed. This will help you stay propped up without any effort.
Bonus Tip: Eating late can increase your odds of experiencing heartburn or acid reflux by 80%. Be sure to eat at least 4 hours before you go to bed. This can mean the difference between an agonizing night of tossing and turning, and a deep restful sleep. Your body will thank you!
Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco
Beyond the commonly known side effects of alcohol and tobacco (like liver failure and cancer), these harmful pollutants can play a significant role in your heartburn. Avoid all forms of tobacco and limit (or quit) drinking to help reduce the strain on your intestines and body.
Limit Spicy Food
Spicy food can be another trigger for heartburn. While we’re certainly fans of salsa, try to keep your spice intake to a minimum – especially before bedtime. There are other foods that can increase the likely hood that someone will experience heartburn, such as mint and chocolate - both of these things decrease the ability of the stomach to keep acid inside the stomach. When the lower esophageal sphincter (the LES / or the "lid" on the stomach) becomes "loose" as a result of consuming mint or chocolate, it can lead to acid reflux.
Get Professional Help
Sometimes a home remedy isn’t enough. At Tru Health we work with each individual patient to help them get rid of heartburn naturally.
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