It is estimated that approximately 1 to 2 in every 10 people, are victims to heartburn. A research on the exact number of heartburn victims has not yet been done, but if we compared our country against the Western countries’ statistics we do not fall so far behind. 25 million adults are reported to suffer from heart burn daily in the west. This is a clear indication that this is a serious condition that should not be ignored.
Natural remedies not only prevent acid reflux(heart burn) effects, but also contain natural agents that help the body to improve its functions effectively.
What is a heartburn?
A burning sensation which is very uneasy that occurs at the back of the breastbone and mostly creeps up the throat. This becomes an even worse scenario when it reccurs. There is a muscle that that allows food into your stomach, which is known as a ring muscle. When this muscle relaxes at the wrong time, it results into an acid reflux.
What are the symptoms of a heartburn
- Prevalent discomfort on both the upper and lower abdomen
- Feeling bloated
- Painful discomfort after eating
- Nausea and burping
You may have tried over the counter drugs but you haven’t been successful. Artificial drugs are effective, but when used regularly the body does not react as it ought to, hence rendering them ineffective.
Individuals react differently to treatment. The remedies below are all different; not all all may work for you but definitely one of them will aid in treating your recurring heartburn.
So why not go the natural way!
Use baking soda
Due to its high level of pH which is above 7.0, it acts a very useful agent in neutralizing acid
- 1teaspoon baking soda
- A glass of water
- Mix the two ingredients, give the mixture a good stir and then drink it.
PS: You can repeat this oftenly but you not exceed 3 teaspoons within a spun of 24hours. You should also avoid using more than 7days consecutively as it may result into side effects such as swelling and nausea, due to its high salt levels.
Drink Aloe Vera juice
Aloe juice is considered to have great effects in reducing inflammation.
Half a cup of aloe vera juice
Drink it at room temperature before meals.
Ginger root tea
Drinking this 20 – 25 minutes before meals aids in treating heartburn and also in stabilizing acidity levels in the stomach.
Cut the ginger into small sizes and simmer into 1 to 1 ½ cups of water. Cover it for about an hour
You can choose to remove the pieces of ginger from the water or leave then in as you drink the tea.
Increase you intake of mustard
Mustard possesses an alkaline nature, which aids in neutralizing stomach acidity.
Increase you banana and apple intake
A banana contains natural agents that act as stomach acid stabilizers.
An apple relieves and prevents stomach discomfort. For best results, eat it a few hours before bed time.
Routinely drink chamomile tea
Drink this about ½ to 1hour before bedtime can help your stomach in reducing inflammation.
PS: Chamomile tea has an added advantage of relieving stress which causes heartburn. It also helps calm your nerves enabling you to sleep peacefully at night.
Natural remedies, long lasting treatment; sounds great right and u agree.
However, for these treatments to be completely effective, some life style changes have to take place.
I do not want to burst tour bubble for finally finding a suitable treatment for heartburn, but you have to agree with me; there is nothing good that comes without a sacrifice.
So what are these changes?
Avoid tight fitting clothes
Tight clothes, especially pants and belts contribute to acid problems.
When you sit down, pressure from the upper body is exerted on your LES ( lower esophageal sphincter), hence it becomes easy for stomach contents to push up towards your upper stomach, thus resulting into an acid reflux.
Avoid smoking and alcohol
These two attitudes can set you up for a serious acid reflux.
Cigarettes and alcohol both work to weaken your LES, making it easier for stomach contents to splash up into your esophagus.
Be keen of what you eat and how you do it
Foods such as tomatoes, citrus fruits and spicy foods are known to trigger heartburn. Reducing their intake lands you on the safer side.
Watching how you eat your food simply means the amount you take at a time. Taking in and chewing small amounts allows yours your stomach to effectively digest the food and only produce the required amount of acid for digestion.
Maintain healthy weight and exercise regularly
Excessive lower abdominal fats may cause a lot of pressure on your LES, hence causing acid reflux.
Exercising helps you burn out these fats, leaving you with a healthier body and reduced risk of acid reflux.
Whichever method you choose to follow, the main goal is to get permanent treatment for your recurring heartburn problem.
Would it not bee if that irritating, burning sensation was just a thing of the past? Well, why not embark on the journey towards natural treatment for your heartburn and discover more than just recovery.