Know Your Natural Cures For Heartburn

143/365. Heartburn

143/365. Heartburn (Photo credit: Anant N S (www.thelensor.tumblr.com))

People who have never experienced heartburn and who hear that it actually doesn’t involve the heart burning or getting hurt in any way might sniff at the misleading title and prefer to call the condition by its clinical name of acid reflux. But if you are one of the millions of people who experience heartburn every now and then, you will understand why it’s called heartburn, because sometimes it does feel as if your heart is being roasted alive, even though you know it’s just the acids from your stomach inflaming the delicate lining of your esophagus. Medications abound to help us go through the pain of heartburn, but knowing some natural heartburn home remedies can be very helpful if you experience antacid reactions or proton pump inhibitor side effects, and natural remedies can also help protect you from going through heartburn again.

A little baking soda mixed in water, such as one teaspoon to one cup, can help get rid of heartburn by neutralizing the stomach acids. Baking soda is largely composed of calcium carbonate, a popular ingredient in most pharmaceutical antacids, and in fact there are stories that in ancient times people would chew on chalk to fight off heartburn.

You have probably heard that adding apple cider vinegar to a glass of water can help dieters and people who want to lose weight, but the same mixture can also help relieve you of heartburn. Have you noticed that a mere whiff of apple cider vinegar can make your mouth water due to its rich, tart aroma? That extra saliva production, especially when you drink apple cider vinegar down, can wash the stomach acids from your esophagus. Make sure to mix apple cider vinegar with water first to avoid the burning effects of its acidity. Three tablespoons should be enough for one glass of water, and enjoying this simple drink can help you both with apple cider vinegar weight loss and preventing and relieving heartburn.

If you don’t have any baking soda or apple cider vinegar in the kitchen, then chances are you have some fresh ginger. This herb is a popular ingredient in countless dishes, and it is well known for its anti-inflammatory and stomach-relieving properties. Fresh ginger is the best so you get all the nutrients, although candied ginger is said to work just as well. To fight off heartburn, brew yourself some ginger tea by steeping a small piece of grated ginger root in a cup or mug of hot water. Remove the root after three to five minutes, and slowly sip the tea down to soothe the pain of heartburn.

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