Top 5 Natural Remedies for Heartburn

10. 27. 2017

Heartburn strikes at the most inconvenient times, doesn’t it? It always seems to show up when you are least prepared. Whether it’s a dinner party, a business lunch or your niece’s wedding, heartburn is an unwelcome guest. Antacids and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are safe to use occasionally, but they are not intended for long-term use. Ongoing studies on PPIs show extensive side effects when patients take over-the-counter brands of these anti-reflux medications beyond the 14-day recommended treatment period.

Before you reach for the medicine cabinet, consider a natural alternative to relieve your heartburn symptoms. Here are some natural remedies to prevent or soothe reflux:

Chewing gum

Chewing gum stimulates the salivary glands and helps wash away gastric acid from the digestive tract. According to a study from the Journal of Dental Research, chewing sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal could provide heartburn relief if you suffer from GERD.

Baking soda

If you remember from chemistry class, sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, is a base. Bases help neutralize acid which, in this case, is stomach acid. If you are feeling a heartburn flare-up, try dissolving ½-1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it slowly. Try not to use this natural remedy very often, though, because baking soda is high in salt and it can also cause some nausea.

Licorice

Licorice has healing properties that can soothe an irritated stomach.  If you like the taste of licorice, you can chew DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice). This is licorice that has been processed for safer consumption. You can also find chewable DGL tablets at a natural food store.  If you don’t like the taste of licorice, there are brands that do not have the strong anise flavor.

Aloe

We use aloe to soothe burns on the skin, but aloe can be useful for healing internal tissues as well. Aloe juice can reduce inflammation in the esophagus and the stomach. But be aware, aloe vera is a natural laxative, so alternate this treatment with other natural remedies.

Slippery elm

This tree has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for healing wounds. For heartburn sufferers, slippery elm can help thicken the mucus lining of the stomach. You can find slippery elm at a local health food store in powder or capsule form. It is suggested that you take slippery elm after meals and at bedtime for the most benefit (Source: Living Well).

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