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Five Proven Remedies to Soothe Heartburn

When lifestyles and diet was healthy it was very rare for people to experience heartburns, unless and until there was some underlying medical condition. But with the advent of fast food, junk diet, immobility (physical immobility) and unhealthy lifestyles the feeling of heartburn or what is known as acidic reflux in scientific terms, is not a rarity anymore. Heartburn or acidic reflux is accompanied with sudden coughing, slight pain and burning inside the chest area. Many a times these symptoms are mistaken for the onset of a heart attack.

In its true means Heartburn is an acidic reflux in which the stomach acids and digestive enzymes are often forced to move back into the esophagus (or the food pipe). This damages the esophageal lining and causes inflammation that eventually results in burning sensation in the lower chest. So what can you do in order to prevent or overcome occasional acidic reflux? Following are some of the best natural and proven remedies that can help you relieve Heartburn.

  1. Consume Aloe Juice

Aloe has countless benefits for your health and beauty. Be it skin problems, hair problems or digestive health, Aloe Vera is always there to the rescue. But did you know that with its ability to soothe burns Aloe Vera not only helps with external burns but it has the potential to calm down your gut as well. Aloe Vera is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties and that is what helps with reducing inflammation of the esophageal lining and soothing heartburn.

All You Need To Do…

Consume ½ cup of Aloe Vera juice at least 30 minutes before dinner. This would greatly help you with preventing occasional acidic reflux and heartburn.

Avoid drinking too much Aloe Vera juice as it has laxative properties and it can stimulate frequent bowel movements.

  1. Consume Apple Cider Vinegar

One of the causes of acidic reflux is also not having enough acid in the stomach. This is because the sphincter on the top of our stomach, that prevents anything from going back up in the esophagus, contracts and relaxes depending upon the amount of acid present in the stomach. When the digestion takes place a lot of acids and digestive juices are released which are a signal to the sphincter to remain closed. But when due to any reason your stomach doesn’t produce enough acid the sphincter tends to relax and whatever is inside your stomach moves back up in the food pipe. This is why acidic reflux is treated with the help of acid, such as the Apple Cider Vinegar.

All You Need To Do…

Mix in half a glass of water 1 tablespoon of Raw, organic Apple Cider Vinegar and consume it to soothe heartburn.

  1. Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is another effective and proven remedy to prevent and soothe heartburn caused by an acidic reflux. Chewing gum naturally stimulates the glands to produce more saliva which efficiently washes down any acid buildup in the gut. Moreover, it also helps in the production of more digestive juices and stomach acids, important for keeping the sphincter shut and preventing acidic reflux.

All You Need To Do…

Chew gums of your favorite flavors and as often as you like!

  1. Eat Yogurt

Yogurt is also effective in soothing heartburn as it is smooth, cool and alkaline in nature. This gives yogurt the soothing properties that can effectively do away with the irritation caused in the esophageal lining and help alleviate the burning sensation.

All You Need To Do…

Although you can just eat yogurt after having experienced an acidic reflux, but on the other hand you can act proactively by including yogurt to your daily diet and considerably minimizing the chances of experiencing heartburn.

  1. Ginger can Help

One of the most effective and famous remedies for acidic reflux and heartburn is ginger. Ginger regulates the flow of digestive juices and enzymes; it absorbs excess acids in the gut and has anti-inflammatory properties. At first when you consume ginger, it makes sure your digestive system works optimally.

Secondly by ensuring sufficient production of acids and juices in the stomach it keeps the sphincter shut and prevents acids to flow back into the esophagus. Finally, if still the components of the stomach somehow reflux and enter the esophagus, it reduces inflammation and overcomes the irritation. Thus ginger is an all in one remedy for your digestion problems, and especially the acidic reflux.

All You Need To Do…

Well there are three ways you can use ginger for alleviating heartburn:

  • Crush an inch of a ginger piece to extract juice. Mix it with few drops of lemon juice and drink daily.
  • Grate ginger and chew it after meals before swallowing.
  • Make ginger tea. Boil a cup of water and add crushed ginger. Turn off the stove. Let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the tea and add few drops of lemon and some honey. Drink this tea after meals.

Tips for Prevention of Heartburn/ Acidic Reflux

These are some of the tried and tested and worldwide famous home remedies known for soothing heartburn caused by acidic reflux. Although these remedies can help you reduce irritation and inflammation of the esophageal lining after you experience a reflux, but if you are looking for long term cure and a way to prevent acidic reflux then making lifestyle changes is what you should do.

Among other reasons unhealthy lifestyle majorly contributes to acidic reflux (which in many cases leads to GERD, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). If you want to keep your digestive system sound and healthy and want to keep acidic reflux and heartburn at bay it is important that you consume a healthy diet; avoid eating fried, spicy and fatty foods. Minimize the consumption of alcohol and caffeine, and avoid smoking.

Moreover, don’t forget to take out some time to exercise regularly and include walking to your daily routine. Make healthy nutritious foods part of your meals and avoid lying down or slouching immediately after eating meals. These little tips coupled with the home remedies given above can definitely work wonders for you.

Note: If you are experiencing acidic reflux twice or more in a week please consult a doctor.

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