You’re eating your favorite dish and then all of a sudden you feel the stomach acids starting to back up into your esophagus. You start finding it harder to swallow, your throat and chest begins to burn, you can’t stop burping, and you have a nasty acidic taste in your mouth.
All these different symptoms hit you at once and you know you’re heartburn has returned to try and ruin your day. The first thing you reach for are some kind of over the counter antacids to stop the stomach acid. However, most of the time these OTC antacids don’t work and the heartburn returns quickly with a vengeance.
The prescription medications and acid blockers your doctor gives you may cause some harmful side effects. Your only other options are the natural alternatives to treat heartburn. Natural alternatives in most cases have proven to be more effective and help prevent heartburn symptoms from returning.
Watch What You Eat
You may like going to your local buffet and indulging in everything you see on the buffet line. However, eating large meals at one sitting will bring on heartburn symptoms. The best thing you can do is reduce the amount of fatty foods in your daily diet and eat smaller meals throughout the day.
When you east several smaller meals throughout the day you are giving your stomach a chance to properly digest the food without using too much stomach acid. Before you go to bed at night don’t eat too much to avoid putting too much pressure on your esophageal when you’re sleeping. Also, don’t lay down on your back when you have a full stomach because it will cause the stomach acids to easily reflux up your esophageal.
If you feel your heartburn coming on and you don’t have any antacids you can drink a little pickle juice. Vinegar is the main ingredient in pickle juice, and it will help neutralize the acids in your stomach and stop indigestion. You can even eat a pickle to help with your heartburn symptoms, though it won’t be as effective as taking 2 tablespoons of the juice.
The compound found in an orange peel that makes it an effective heartburn treatment is d-limonene. Studies have shown that the d-limonene compound of the orange peel will build a protective barrier around your esophageal wall stopping the acids from doing damage. You can find orange peel extract capsules at your local health food store. Take a 100 mg orange peel extract capsule each day when you feel heartburn symptoms coming on.
The aloe vera juice has been known to help a wide range of digestive problems like heartburn and acid reflux. The aloe juice will help balance out your stomach acids to keep everything under control. The juice will have the extra benefit of healing your esophagus if it is damaged or irritated.
Slippery elm comes from a tree native to North America. The slippery elm will help decrease inflammation in the stomach, and help clear out excess stomach acid. You can take the slippery elm in it’s powder form and mix it with some water and drink. However, the best way to take slippery elm for heartburn is to take it in capsule form. Take a 350 mg capsule 3 times daily to get rid of your heartburn symptoms.
These home remedies have been proven to help stop heartburn. However, along with using these effective remedies you should also make certain changes in your lifestyle to really stop the occurrence of heartburn symptoms. Some of these lifestyle changes include losing 10 – 20 pounds if you’re overweight and stop smoking because smoke can weaken your esophageal.
You should also change up the way you sleep at night. Try sleeping with your head elevated on 3 – 4 pillows because when your head is higher than your stomach it will stop your heartburn symptoms from affecting you while you try to get some sleep.
About the Author:
John is an experienced herbalist that writes about natural alternatives to medicine, nutrition, diet, and fitness. He is currently doing some research on natural acne treatments.
The information written here is not meant as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor or other qualified health professional prior to following what is written on the article or taking herbal supplements of any kind.