Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. Acid reflux may progress to gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) or (GORD) if you’re in the UK. You may hear the terms used interchangeably. It is a painful, burning sensation in the chest that occurs when acid escapes the stomach and comes into contact with the esophagus. Below are listed a few home remedies that do work to alleviate heartburn.
Sipping water may help ease your heartburn. It will dilute the acid and help wash it back to the stomach where it belongs. The more you drink, the better it works. Water is brilliant because it is usually very cheap, very accessible, and very effective.
Sipping milk will work in much the same way as the water listed above. Milk has the added advantage though of being high in calcium. As calcium is an alkaline, it will neutralize the acid and should ease your symptoms. Personally, I prefer ice cream to a glass of milk; heartburn or no heartburn.
Peppermint has long been used as a digestive aid, although never scientifically proven to actually work. Peppermint tea tastes nicer than plain water and at its very worst will give you the same results as water. Think of it as a sociable ounce of prevention that goes well after a meal.
Ginger is often used to alleviate stomach upsets, heartburn, and nausea. Ginger is a wonderful, flavorful, little root that may be consumed in a variety of ways. Taking ginger in the form of tea should work wonders for eliminating heartburn. You can also eat some candied ginger after your meal as a precautionary measure.
Elevate Upper Body In Bed
If you are lying down and are taken with heartburn, try propping up your head and torso. Unlike the above listed remedies, this one does not rely on chemistry but instead, physics. Specifically it relies on gravity (not the movie) to force the acid back down your gullet and into the stomach. It has the added benefit of putting you in a better position to drink water, milk, and tea or to eat some ice cream.
Although heartburn is very common, it is unpleasant. When it progresses to GERD it becomes even more unpleasant as you regurgitate stomach acid and get that not so lovely sour taste in your mouth. To lessen your frequency of this unpleasantness, try and maintain a healthy weight, avoid a fatty diet, and do not get pregnant.
- 1. The National Health Service (UK)
- 2. The Mayo Clinic