What Is Heartburn?

Although the name for this common ailment is heartburn, it technically has nothing to do with the heart. It is concerned with the gastrointestinal tract. The stomach contains strong acids to digest the food we eat. When this acid rises back into your esophagus, it stings the lining in your throat and causes a painful burning sensation in your chest and/or neck. This is called as heartburn. If you experience heartburn more than twice a week, then you might be suffering from a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Proper medical advice is recommended in this case.

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Though it is very easily cured by an OTC antacid, some people are wary of going the ‘chemical’way to soothe this acid reflux. And it’s for these people that we have whipped up a list of home remedies for heartburn to ease the discomfort.

1.  Baking Soda

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Baking soda, also called as sodium bicarbonate, is a natural antacid that alleviates the symptoms of heartburn and acid indigestion. It counteracts the stomach acid and pushes it back down into the stomach.

What You Have To Do

Add the baking soda to the water and stir well.

Drink this water to ease the burning sensation caused by the heartburn.

2.  Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of best home remedies for heartburn. It is a tried and tested method employed by thousands of people across the globe to eliminate heartburn symptoms and also to prevent them from developing in the future. It is said to bring the gastric juices to a normal level.

What You Have To Do

Add the vinegar and honey to the water and mix well.

Drink this mixture to ease the heartburn.

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3.  Milk

Skimmed milk increases the pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter, thus relieving heartburn and also aiding in preventing it in the future.

What You Have To Do

Drink skimmed milk before going to bed or in between meals as a snack.

4.  Honey

It soothes the damaged lining of the esophagus. It has anti-inflammatory properties that relieve pain in the throat and chest. Also, it contains potassium that restores the acid balance in the stomach

What You Have To Do

Mix the honey well with lukewarm water and drink this an hour before you have your meals.

5.  Water

Cold water calms down the burning in your throat and chest. It will also stabilize the body fluids and alleviate the symptoms of heartburn.

What You Have To Do

When you sense a heartburn developing, drink a glass of cold water and take a small

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6.  Banana Or Apple

Bananas have a low acid content and act as a natural antacid. They also get rid of the bacteria that might be causing the acid reflux. Apples contain organic acids that help to stabilize the stomach juices and relieve heartburn

What You Have To Do

Eat either of the two fruits every day.

Bananas are better eaten in the mornings, where as apples can be eaten at any time of the day.

7.  Aloe Vera

Aloe vera juice reduces inflammation in the esophagus and stomach and reduces the frequency of heartburn

What You Have To Do

Drink this juice half an hour before meals.

 

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