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Natural Remedies For Heartburn

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On May 23, 2016
Natural Remedies For Heartburn

Heartburn feels as awful as it sounds. Most of us will experience heartburn at some point in our lifetime. It entails a burning sensation in the chest caused by acid regurgitation into the esophagus.

Of course, your doctor will always be able to prescribe heartburn medication to alleviate some of the discomfort you may feel, but opting to go for natural remedies may do your heart more good.

  • Baking Soda

Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water and drink the mixture after stirring well. Baking soda can help your reflux due to its high pH level which neutralizes stomach acid.

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  • Aloe Vera Juice

In the same way the aloe plant is used to sooth bruises and burns, drinking a ½ cup of aloe vera juice before meals can help with heartburn. Ensure to get aloe vera juice that does not contain the laxative component or you’ll be making a few more trips to the restroom than usual.

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  • Chewing Gum

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After your meals, try chewing sugar-free gum for at least 30 minutes. Gum helps to relieve heartburn because it stimulates the salivary glands. This, in turn, causes you to quickly wash away any acid build-up each time you swallow.

  • Don’t Lie Down

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While lying down, it’s much easier for the digested contents in your stomach to back up into your esophagus along with the acid. Try elevating your head rather than lying down. You can do this by using books or blocks to act as a propeller for your pillows. Also, rather than lying down immediately after a meal, try doing something active or taking a walk.

  • Eat Some Fruits

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Eating a few slices of an apple right before bed can help to relieve and prevent discomfort from heartburn. Also, due to the antacids found in bananas, eating bananas can fight against reflux.

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