Home Remedies for Heartburn

How can Heartburn be Managed?

There are a variety of different heartburn remedies to help ease the symptoms of heartburn condition. These include the following:

Lifestyle Changes

such as avoiding smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, wear loosen clothing, good posture

Baking Soda

A spoonful of baking soda can help to put an end to the gnawing, burning sensation of heartburn caused by acid reflux. Baking soda including sodium bicarbonate can help your reflux and in turn help your heartburn because it is a base substance. It has a pH higher than 7.0 therefore neutralizes stomach acid to prevent that burning feeling when acid comes up your throat. You will need ½ a teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a glass of fresh water.

How this works

1. Mix either ½ a teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water no more than 8 ounces.

2. Stir the mixture and drink it.

3. Repeat this process when needed but do not use too much of this (7 doses maximum) over the 24 hour period.

4. Also avoid using this as a remedy for more than a week straight, as it can have side effects such as swelling and nausea.

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Aloe Juice

Soothe your stomach with aloe juice. Aloe is a plant used to soothe burns, it can often be used to treat sunburn. It can also help with heartburn as it reduces inflammation. This means that when your tummy becomes irritated and inflamed, or your oesophagus is getting eaten away at, a nice glass of healthy, natural aloe vera juice helps to calm it down and ease the symptoms. You will need ½ cup of aloe vera juice.

How this works

1. Look for a brand with the laxative component moved.

2. Drink ½ cup of aloe vera juice, cool or room temperature before meals.

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Dietary Habits

Including eating carefully (not inhaling giant mouthfuls of food) Take smaller bites and eat slowly, allowing your stomach to digest and without an excuse to pump out excess acid. Avoid eating too many foods high in acid such as spicy foods, hot sauces, greasy foods and fried foods. Do not eat within 3-4 hours before bed. Eating bananas as bananas contain natural antacids that can act as a buffer against acid reflux; let the bananas ripen up nicely and eat one every day. Another fruit option would be to try an apple every day; slicing one up and eat it a couple of hours before bedtime to prevent or relieve discomfort.

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Sleep Carefully

Lying down puts more pressure on your Lower Oesophageal Sphincter (LES) which is the vowel located between the oesophagus and the stomach. This also increases the likelihood of acid sneaking through. Make sure when sleeping try and keep your head raised to prevent the acid from coming through.

Lower Oesphageal Sphincter

Ginger Tea

Ginger can help to ease up a number of stomach upsets, from nausea to acid reflux. Sipping a cup of fresh ginger tea about 20 minutes before a meal can help to calm down your tummy and act as an acid buffer. You will need 3 quarter sized slices of ginger and 2 cups of water.

How this works

1. Slice up 3 quarter sizes of ginger

2. Simmer the ginger gently in 2 cups of water

3. Cover this for 30 minutes

4. Remove the ginger pieces, or leave them in

5. Pour into a glass and drink all of it for about 20 minutes before a meal.

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Keeping Food Diary

To help manage your heartburn you should keep diary including the food you eat and the times and when you have experienced symptoms of heartburn to help you realise the main likely triggers. If you go to see your GP it is also useful information for them to have. 

Maintain Healthy Weight

You should also avoid spicy and fried foods to reduce your risk of heartburn worsening. You can also take over the counter medications for heartburn such as Gaviscon. If these symptoms worsen overtime and any of these remedies outlined in this article do not prove to be effective then consider private prescription medications.