10 Home remedies for Heartburn
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, acid reflux or simply heartburn, is a common problem among Americans. It causes irritation, inflammation and scarring as acid and pancreatic juices travel up the esophagus.
Heartburn is serious, as it can increase the risk of getting esophageal cancer. The elderly and those who are overweight also tend to experience this more. But before reaching for prescription drugs, here are a few natural remedies recommended by doctors and nutritionists that can shake off the burning feeling:
1. Lose weight. Losing at least 10% of your body fat can lessen acid reflux symptoms.
2. Start an anti-reflux diet. This might not be an easy choice, but it may work for 30% of people.
3. Eat more raw almonds. Almonds can balance your pH and they are a good source of calcium.
4. Drink aloe vera juice daily. At least two ounces of unprocessed juice is recommended.
5. Drink warm water with fresh lemon juice. The concoction can help balance out acid levels and is a great digestive aid.
6. Swallow 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily. Taking acidic foods can help those who produce too little acid to digest their food adequately.
7. Eat red apple after meals.
8. Drink tea with chamomile, mint or fenugreek to reduce symptoms of acid reflux.
9. Increase saliva production by chewing gum. Saliva helps reduce acid levels in the esophagus.
10. Sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your stomach or on your right side can cause pressure that increases acid reflux symptoms.
Here are additional tips by doctor of clinical otolaryngology and professor Jamie Koufman of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York Medical College:
- quit smoking
- don’t wear too tight clothing
- rest after meals
- don’t lie down after eating
- don’t eat within three hours of bedtime
- elevate the head of your bed