Heartburn is a feeling as if you suffer from a burning or pain in the chest area. It occurs when acid from the stomach moves up into the oesophagus, the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. This is known as acid reflux.
Acid reflux is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of factors, such as eating irritating foods, drinking too much alcohol, or having poor posture during or after meals. It can also be a symptom of a more serious condition, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a condition in which acid reflux is recurrent and can damage the oesophagus.
Main presenting symptoms
Major presenting symptoms of heartburn and reflux include: stomach pain, burning sensation in the chest or throat, coughing. difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food or acid.
The vast majority of these symptoms can be controlled with lifestyle and dietary changes. However, there are also home remedies for heartburn and reflux, as well as medications to reduce stomach acid production.
Some home remedies for heartburn and reflux
If you suffer from these types of stomach ailments, some home remedies for heartburn and reflux can help you a lot:
- Drink water: water helps neutralise stomach acid and cleanse the oesophagus. Try to drink at least one glass of water after every meal.
- Avoid eating foods that can irritate the stomach: foods such as coffee, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, spicy foods and very fatty foods can worsen reflux symptoms. Try to limit or avoid these foods if you feel they cause problems.
- Chew mint gum: Peppermint can help relieve reflux symptoms by reducing heartburn. Chewing peppermint gum after meals is effective.
- Eat foods containing alpha-linolenic acid: This omega-3 fatty acid is found in foods such as flaxseed oil, walnuts and chia seeds. It can help reduce inflammation and soothe the stomach lining.
- Stay upright after meals: wait at least two to three hours before lying down or lying down after eating. This can help prevent stomach acid from moving up into the oesophagus.
- Baking soda: it is a totally natural and inexpensive product, besides being one of the most popular home remedies for heartburn and reflux. You only need to dissolve a teaspoon in a glass of water. The main benefit is that it helps neutralise stomach acid.
- Aloe juice: In the last few years you’ve probably seen bottles of aloe juice in major supermarkets. Just as it is used to soothe sunburn on the skin, it also soothes the irritation caused by acid reflux. You can drink half a cup before eating to soothe the stomach and oesophagus.
- Eat a banana: this type of fruit contains natural antacids. You can eat one every day to counteract acid reflux.
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