Home Remedies for Heartburn
Let’s face it, heartburn is a bitch and unfortunately, we have all had it at one time or another – did you know that most of us have items in our own homes that can ease the symptoms? Well we do and so, here we will go through a few home remedies for heartburn and indigestion.
Heart Burn and Its Trigger
Let’s start with what heartburn is and what can cause it. If we can all be a little more aware of our own triggers then we will all be much more comfortable.
Heartburn in the burning sensation that you feel in your chest when your stomach acid travels up your oesophagus towards your throat (acid reflux). Many people think that it is as a result of too much stomach acid however it is in fact the result of too little.
Other symptoms which you may not realise are related are;
- Feeling Sick
Sometimes the pain can be so crushing that it can really stop you in your tracks. Usually we all have specific triggers that can cause it however there are also some things that effect everyone from your diet right down to your waist size. Sometimes however it can seem like it is for no reason at all. Here are some of the things that you can look out for and make necessary amends;
- Certain foods and drinks such as fatty food, spicy foods, coffee, alcohol and even chocolate (boo!)
- Being overweight
- Stress and Anxiety
- Anti Inflammatory medicines along the lines of Ibuprofen
- Exercise – yup!
There are so many things that have the potential to cause heartburn which is why I would recommend working out your own triggers. In my instance for example, running has been causing me issues recently. The movement of the running causes the stomach acid in my stomach to jostle around and turn into acid reflux. It is a royal pain in the arse as it causes my throat to burn and feel like it is closing. It even effects ,my breathing and I have to take 5. For Sy, occasionally it is ginger, not always though. The body is a pesky machine!
Now you know what it is and how it can come about, here are some tried and tested remedies.
Apple Cider Vinegar – my goodness is there nothing this stuff isn’t good for. The idea of the vinegar is to add some additional acid to your system to neutralise the reflux and aid with digestion. 2 teaspoons of this magical stuff with 120ml of water should do the tick. Repeat 2-3 times with 5 min breaks if necessary.
I have tried this personally and it has worked for me. Each to their own however, you may have to try a few before you find one that works for you.
Good Ole Lemon Juice – fresh works best. Not only will it help ease your symptoms but you will get a nice boost of vitamins and minerals. Lemon juice is more acidic than vinegar but for others, much harder to drink. Take the juice of one whole lemon, yep one whole lemon and drink. Yes that is correct. If you don’t think you can drink it straight up then add up to 60mls of water and drink in one. Delicious! Well definitely if you like lemons, if not, maybe steer clear as can be testing even for those of us who like it.
Lemon actually works very well for Sy when having ginger as it seems to all balance out.
Baking Soda – another thing that has a million great uses. I would personally use this only as a last resort as it is only really short term relief. The baking soda actually lowers the amount of stomach acid but it will neutralise the burning and pain in your stomach and oesophagus for a time. Mix half a teaspoon with around 50ml of water and drink. Wait 5 minutes then repeat. Repeat until heartburn has eased.
So there you have some home remedies that we hope will help as they have helped us.