Heartburn Home Remedy
If you haven’t had any luck with antacids or prescription drugs for your acid stomach problems, perhaps it’s time to try a heartburn home remedy. There are several simple ways you can treat your gastroesophageal reflux naturally, without having to pay for expensive drugs or doctor’s visits. Here is a selection of do-it-yourself heartburn fixes that you can try:
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL):
Licorice has been used for many years as a traditional cure for heartburn. DGL tablets or capsules contain the licorice herb with the glycyrrhizin removed, to minimize any possible side effects such as water retention and hypertension. Even so, you should avoid this treatment if you tend to have high blood pressure.
This is another age-old treatment for heartburn and acid reflux. Infuse a piece of ginger in hot water to make ginger tea, or take ginger capsules when your chest and stomach start to burn and you should soon find relief.
This mild, yellow spice is commonly used in curries and other Indian food. It is said to help reduce acidity and promote good digestion, and is available as capsules as well as in powder form.
Used by millions of people as a relaxant and stress reliever, chamomile tea is also effective in keeping stomach acid in check.
Apple cider vinegar:
A couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before meals can ease the agony of heartburn and GER (gastroesophageal reflux). Capsules and tablets are also available.
Aloe Vera juice:
Taken in liquid or capsule form, aloe can help ease your heartburn and restore your general digestive health, thanks to its soothing and calming properties.
Some people swear by baking soda to neutralize excess acid in the stomach, while others say it only makes their situation worse by opening the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) and sending stomach acid up into the esophagus. Try it and see what effect it has for you!
Slippery elm bark:
You can buy slippery elm lozenges for a sore throat at many drugstores. The soothing gel contained in the bark of this tree also works well for heartburn and reflux disorders, thanks to its ability to coat the esophagus and ease the pain caused by any acid present there.
These are just some of the natural and economical treatments you can use. So keep this list handy for the next time you need to find a heartburn home remedy in a hurry!