Heartburn affects people differently. One person may experience heartburn after a spicy meal. Another person may experience heartburn after eating chocolate. Regardless of how you get it, heartburn is awful.
If you are like me, pharmaceuticals are not a priority. Who wants to take a medication that creates five other ailments? I seek natural remedies – and so should you.
Below are some of the best choices for heartburn – and storable too.
Chew on 10-15 almonds for relief in 20-40min. The oil content within the almonds helps neutralize the stomach acid. You really have to chew them however. Try to extract as much of the oil as possible before swallowing.
#9 Apple Cider Vinegar
Love or hate vinegar – it contains major health benefits when added to the diet. Dilute apple cider vinegar in water to suit your tastes – or in veggie or apple juice for added benefits of heartburn reduction.
Just like other home remedies, spices and herbs steeped and drank provide a variety of benefits depending on the blend. Cinnamon will cool the heartburn, but watch the heat of your water when taking a drink. Do not trade one type of burn for another.
Red or Gala apples calm the stomach if eaten after feisty meals. Relief comes quick depending on the severity of your problem. Ever heard the expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?”
#6 Chamomile Tea
From stress and anxiety relief to digestive health and cancer prevention, chamomile tea packs a healthy punch – especially to your annoying heartburn.
#5 Chewing Gum
Fruity is typically best because peppermint causes irritation in some people. Basically, chewing gum tricks your body into producing more saliva. Because you are not eating anything, the saliva acts as a calming agent to clear stomach acid – gross but amazingly true.
Delicious to some, revolting to others – licorice promotes the release of more mucus into the stomach. More mucus means eventually less stomach acid.
#3 Aloe Vera Juice
Ever burned yourself as a kid then a parent used Aloe Vera to soothe the burned skin? It does the exact same thing – except in the stomach. Cooling down the stomach and washing away the irritants, this magic plant is now for internal and external use.
Feel heartburn coming on – drink water. It will reduce the burning pain, but not completely rid the culprit. Water makes the list as number #2 because it is a necessary element for the #1 spot.
#1 Baking Soda/Lemon
Up to 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 cup of water, and a fresh squeezed lemon wedge to cut gas from the baking soda may be the most effective homemade solution to date. Baking soda is an alkaline, which neutralizes the acid and soothes the burn. It is not very tasty – it is very effective.
Do you have any other home remedies for heartburn? Let me know what they are in the comments.