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Heartburn Remedies at Home

Over the ages, home remedies for heartburn have proved effective in giving relief to people who regularly, or occasionally, suffer from this problem.
The human stomach is a hot bay of acids and chemicals which help us digest the food that we eat, some of these gastric acids are very strong. The stomach is protected from these gastric acids because it has a protective lining. Heartburn is caused when these acids escape the stomach and travel up through the esophagus, to the mouth. Unlike the stomach which has a protective lining, the esophagus and throat do not have protection and can be severely damaged because of these acids. Some people who suffer from acid reflux disease which in medical terms is known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) need to maintain a strict non spicy diet . Many home remedies are effective in treating acid reflux unless it is an underlying symptom of cardiac problems. The cardiac and esophageal system have the same nerve supply, so a heartburn can be confused with a heart attack. Following a good GERD diet is one of the best ways to prevent heartburn problems.

Causes and Prevention

Many of us tend to eat more when we have our favorite food in front of us, over stuffing the stomach is one of the most common causes of heartburn. Eating fast, without chewing your food, can also lead to acid reflux causing heartburn. Spicy foods are acid reflux triggers, for example eating chillies and pepper will lead to heartburn. Caffeine is also known to be one of the heartburn triggers, drinking excess coffee and carbonated drinks causes heartburn.

One of the ways to prevent heartburn is to avoid overeating, if the stomach is not overstuffed the acids causing heartburn will not escape. It is advisable to go for a walk after a meal as this helps the digestion process. Prevention is the best heartburn cure so do not lie down after eating as this might cause the acids from the stomach to travel up through the esophagus.

Do not wear tight clothes that bind the stomach, this might exert pressure on the stomach causing problems. Drinking alcohol and smoking while eating should be avoided, as both these are a major triggers of stomach acid reflux. Do not over eat foods like onion and garlic, as they cause major activity in the stomach region.

Natural Remedies

There are many natural remedies which you could take for instant relief from any acid reflux that you might experience. Natural acid reflux remedies are preferred because over the counter liquids or medications can have some side effects if used extensively.

Ginger is one of the most useful home remedies for heartburn, drinking ginger tea after a meal is a good way to prevent heartburn. Eating ginger capsules is a good heartburn remedy and if you suffer from an acid reflux problem regularly it's good to have them in the house. You could also grate some fresh ginger and add it to your recipe, some Ayurveda remedies suggest adding grated ginger to a glass of water and drinking it after meals.

One of the other natural remedies for heartburn is apple cider vinegar for acid reflux, as it helps maintain the acidic levels in the stomach. The acetic acid in the apple cider vinegar counteracts the effects of hydrochloric acid present in the stomach. Add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to six ounces of water and drink it slowly for relief from heartburn.

Eat fruits which are rich in enzymes that help the digestion process of the stomach, eating an apple after a meal is great for the stomach. Include fruits like papaya, pineapple and banana as part of your home remedies. Soak a couple of almonds in a bowl of water throughout the night and eat them in the morning when you wake up, it is one of the best natural heartburn remedies.

Including green veggies like celery, spinach, in your diet is also one of the ways to prevent heartburn problems. Home remedies are an effective way to deal with any acid reflux problems that you might face, but if the symptoms persist it is advisable to consult your physician.
By Indrajit Deshmukh
Published: 9/21/2010
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