Heartburn is usually related to gastric reflux (when stomach acid gets into the esophagus) and it’s commonly a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Heartburn can also happen occasionally, being influenced by factors such as stress and diet. The burning sensation in the stomach is extremely unpleasant and too many people rely on over-the-counter antacids to solve this problem.
I’ve always believed, if you can avoid pills then you should, but there’s no need to endure pain and other discomfort, when there is a natural remedy for a lot of health problems, heartburn included.
Basil naturally reduces acid and soothes the entire digestive tract. You can simply chew a couple of fresh basil leaves and reduce not just heartburn but also the associated gas and nausea.
If you happen to suffer from heartburn often, try to keep some fresh basil leaves in the house at all times, or grow basil in your garden or a pot. You can also add basil to your home-cooked recipes as a preventative measure.
Chamomile Tea can reduce stomach acid, besides making your feel more calm and relaxed.
It’s a great aid if you’re having heartburn in the evening. A hot cup of chamomile tea will soothe your stomach and help you sleep better.
You don’t need to chew gum at all times, in fact it’s not even recommended. However it’s a great heartburn remedy since it stimulates saliva production and makes you swallow more often, pushing back the stomach acids from the esophagus.
Bananas are in fact natural antacids as they help the stomach lining produce more mucus. If you want to use a banana to treat heartburn, it’s best to mash it or even make a banana smoothie. It helps coat your stomach better than eating a whole banana.
A small percentage of people suffering from heartburn, say bananas actually make the condition worse. If such is your case, you could be allergic to bananas or the banana you ate wasn’t completely ripe. An incompletely ripened banana (green or light yellow) has a high acid content.
It’s amazing how some plants are used to treat so many conditions. You can find Aloe Vera in shampoos, healing ointments, facial moisturizers and it can also heal you inside, not just outside.
Aloe Vera is a natural anti-inflammatory, soothing your stomach when you have heartburn. Make sure you use Aloe Vera liquid, made for drinking only. Aloe Vera is also a laxative so you should seek a product with the laxative component removed (should be specified on the label). You can use it to prevent heartburn by drinking ½ of Aloe Vera liquid before meals.
All these natural remedies are great, but you should also watch out for heartburn triggers. These can be foods such as chocolate, caffeine, sodas, fatty foods and citrus fruits.
Good practices to prevent heartburn
Even how you eat matters, not just what you eat. Take small bites, and eat slowly to help digestion. Schedule your last meal at least 3 hours before bedtime, to allow your stomach to empty before you lie in bed. Being overweight can make you prone to heartburn. Excess abdominal fat puts pressure on the stomach, forcing acid reflux. It seems there are a lot more benefits to shedding extra pounds, besides looking better.