You suffer from heartburn and you’ve tried it all—antacids, over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs recommended by your doctor—and nothing seems to work. This probably leaves you wondering if there’s anything at all you can do for that nasty feeling you get when you’re experiencing heartburn. Luckily, there is something out there for you!
Heartburn can be remedied naturally with a couple of simple tips:
Learn and avoid the triggers. Heartburn is often triggered by specific, highly acidic foods. Each individual has their own triggers but there are certain foods to avoid if you experience heartburn often. Greasy foods (think pizza), tomatoes, caffeine, alcoholic beverages and citrus juices can all trigger heartburn. It’s also great to keep a heartburn journal to know what triggers your symptoms.
Don’t go to sleep right away. If you tend to eat late at night, try not to go to sleep too soon afterward. Wait two or three hours after eating to head to bed. Staying in an upright position keeps stomach and digestive fluids from refluxing into your esophagus, causing that terrible heartburn feeling.
Eat the right foods. Certain foods and ingredients are known to help keep heartburn at a minimum. For instance, bananas and baking soda act as natural antacids. Certain teas, like chamomile, can also help.
Chew some gum. Chewing a piece of gum after a meal helps you produce more saliva and wash away any excess acid that gathers in the stomach, making the digestion process slightly quicker.
Keep these useful tips in mind the next time a heartburn attack creeps up on you.