Heartburn is a burning sensation and pain in the stomach and chest, radiating to throat and neck. Also known as acid reflux (or GERD when it becomes chronic), hearburn is one of the most common health problems faced by many. This is more common in pregnant women. Heartburn is the result of the formation of stomach acid. Heartburn is caused when hydrochloric acid, which is use to digest food, is release up the esophagus, which irritates the sensitive tissues in the esophagus and throat, giving rise to a burning sensation and then pain in the chest. However heartburn is not to be confused with heart attack. It is always better to take preventive measures against heartburn. This is because, if left un-treated the repeated flow of acid through the esophagus can cause cancer later in life. A number of antacids tablets are available OTC for acidity but it is always better to try some home remedies before opting for medicines. A number of natural remedies are available which can help in preventing and treating heartburn or acid reflux.
- Mild nausea
- Burning sensation, pain or pressure behind breastbone.
- Upper abdominal fullness.
- Excessive gas
- Full feeling in abdomen.
- Acid taste in mouth.
- Growling stomach.
- Pain between shoulders or in neck that follows food.
Instant Home Remedies for Heartburn/Acid Reflux
- Chewing Gum: Chewing gum is one of the most powerful home heartburn remedies. The best thing about this remedy is that it is very convenient and can be done anywhere and any time.One of the main cause of heartburn is reduced saliva production. The most important thing that chewing gum does is release of saliva in the mouth. Chewing helps in digestion. The act of chewing stimulate brain areas which then go on to active digestive processes in the stomach. Also prolonged gum chewing acts as a nociceptive suppressant. In other words, when you chew a gum, you suppresses the nociceptors nerves (which tell your brain when it is experiencing all types of pain or and the burning sensation of heartburn). Chewing gum lowers the amount of pain you experience.
- Baking Soda: This is also an instant remedy for heartburn. Take a tsp of baking soda and mix it with a glass of water. You can also squeeze a few drops of lemon into it. Have this mixture. You will be relieved of your heartburn.
- Drinking Cold Milk: This is another remedy. it is said that when you have a burning sensation, you should drink immediately a cold glass of milk. A cup of vanilla ice cream is also helpful. However, though this gives an instant relief, some says that milk temporarily reduces the symptoms only to increase acid production by the stomach which causes more heartburn.
- Aloe Vera Juice: Drink Aloe Vera juice to heal the intestinal tract.
- Chamomile tea: Drink Chamomile tea after meals. Add two teaspoon of dried chamomile to about 1 ½ cups of boiling water. Let it seep for about 10 – 15 minutes, then stir and drink.
- Water: Drink a large glass of water at the first sign of heartburn, if the symptoms are not too strong this will help.
- Honey: Take two teaspoon of pure, undiluted, unprocessed and unheated natural honey after meal. Infact you can have this regulalry if you have continuous heartburn problems. Honey is well known for being an antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial.
- Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: This method of home remedy for heartburn is very easy. Whenever heartburn symptoms occur, simply drink a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar and immediately wash it down with a glass of water. If you cannot find organic apple cider vinegar, regular apple cider vinegar will also work.
Heartburn Home Remedies for Pregnant Women
It is said that for pregnant women, it is always better to go for home remedies if they face heartburn symptoms. Eating an apple or a spoon of vinegar is helpful in relieving heartburn.
To Prevent Heartburn
If you are occasional sufferer of heartburn, the above mentioned remedies will give instant relief. But if you feel that you are constatnly having this problem after eating meals or any food, then it is a sign that you should change your lifestyle and eating habits. Some preventive measures that you should follow are:
- Eat frequent meals. Instaed of having 2 large meals, go for 4-6 small meals.
- Exercise regularly.For pregnant women, take a short walk after each meal to help speed up your digestion.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Pregnant women should sleep with an extra pillow propping them up so that they do not lie flat throughout the night.
- Quit smoking
- Avoid eating gas forming foods (such as beans, cabbage, cucumbers, onions, acidic juice, chocolate, coffee, and anything highly spiced).