I guess you’ll agree with me when I say,
Sometimes it becomes impossible to get relief from heartburn doesn’t matter how much bicarbonate of soda, milk, or water you drink.
In fact, you can’t have bicarbonate of soda or pills every time with you. And water can ONLY subside the burning pain for a few minutes.
That’s why there’s a need for remedies that can eliminate heartburn permanently.
Thankfully, some natural remedies for heartburn that can give instant relief and also eliminate all acid reflux symptoms in as little as 48 hours.
Want to know what are these natural remedies for heartburn? Here they are:
Raw Honey has some of the proven anti-bacterial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. It has anti-oxidant that heal wounds, including inflammation inside the body.
The raw, pure, unheated, and unprocessed honey contains fine textured crystals, and it doesn’t dip.
Here’s how you can use it to heal
- Take one or two tablespoons of raw honey every time you feel acid reflux attack or heartburn discomfort.
- Take one tablespoon of raw honey before going to bed.
Powered Medicinal Charcoal:
Charcoal absorbs more toxins, drugs, poisons and other chemicals than any other substance. It has the potential to absorb many poisonous substances that can cause harm to the body.
Activated Charcoal is one of the home remedies for heartburn that is safe to consume. However, activated charcoal is highly absorbent.
The best way to use charcoal is to use it with the bentonite.
Here’s how you can use it for immediate relief from heartburn:
- Take one big glass of water
- Add one tablespoon of activated charcoal powder and bentonite powder
- Stir it well, and drink it.
L-Glutamine is an amino acid that helps in maintaining a healthy digestive system and provide relief to an acid reflux sufferer.
L-Glutamine improves the health of the immune system and stops toxins and bacteria from entering the stomach.
Here’s how to use it:
- Take four ounces of water
- Mix one tablespoon of L-Glutamine powder and drink it with every meal.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the popular natural remedies for heartburn because it is a powerful cleanser that contains antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Make sure you use pure, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar that made from organic apple.
Apple Cider Vinegar balances acid-alkaline level in the body.
Use ACV only if your acid reflux condition is triggered by very little acid in the stomach. If you have normal or extreme production of acid in your stomach, then it is better to avoid it.
Here’s how to use it,
- Take a medium glass of water
- Add one tablespoon of ACV
- Stir it and drink it before or after the meal to reduce reflux symptoms.
Calcium is one of the cheapest and powerful natural remedies for heartburn. Taking two tablets of calcium before bedtime can stop GERD attack and give you a good sleep.
Here’s how to use it,
- Take two tablets and break it down into multiple small pieces (don’t make a powder of them)
- The idea is to send these large chunks into the stomach where they take more acid to absorb it.
Note: The effectiveness of calcium tablets varies from case to case. I usually use them as the last resort when other home remedies for heartburn fail to give me relief.
Sprouts are the best superfood that you can include in your diet because they are highly nutritious, super cleanser, and loaded with a lot of vitamins.
There is practically no limit on how much sprouts you can eat.
You can also grow your sprouts so that you will get a fresh dose of nutritional source every day without hardly any expense. If you are buying from outside, then make sure you purchase fresh ones.
Here’s how you can use Sprouts in your diet.
- You can include Sprouts in your sandwich
- And you can also add them to your daily meal.
Licorice is one of the commonly available that used widely in Chinese medicines because it has some good anti-inflammation and demulcent properties. It protects tissues while providing gentle relief.
Although Licorice root is not the cure of acid reflux but it can provide heartburn relief instantly.
Here’s how you can use it:
- Licorice is only effective when it is combined with salvia. So, chewing on licorice gum or drinking licorice tea is highly advised.
- To make herbal tea, steep one tablespoon of licorice root in one cup of boiling water.
Research says that if there is burning coming from acid reflux, then ginger can ease symptoms.
Ginger is the main ingredient in Chinese Medicines because it contains some excellent anti-inflammatory properties. However, don’t have it too much as it can make your symptom worse.
Ginger can be eaten raw, steeped in water, or you can use it to prepare tea. You must take it around four grams that should be enough to provide relief.
Here is how you can use it to prepare ginger root tea
- Remove the skin of ginger root, cut it into small pieces, and put it into the pan.
- Heat the pan on medium heat and then pour water on it and let it boil for few minutes
- Let the tea cool off and add honey (optional) into it.
- Drink this tea a couple of times in a day to clear acid reflux and its symptoms.
Funnel is the perennial herb that is being now recommended by many health practitioners for the treatment of digestive disorders such as heartburn.
Funnel not only reduces acid but also provide relief from inflammation, gas, and bloating. This is because Funnel contains a large number of active constitutes that minimizes the pain that comes from heartburn.
Here’s the best way to use funnel:
- After every meal, take a half tablespoon of fennel seeds and chew them slowly.
Aloe Vera Juice:
One of the most effective natural remedies for heartburn is Aloe Vera Juice because it contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that detoxify the body when taken internally.
Aloe Vera also contains some great anti-inflammatory properties that are used to treat sunburn and other infections.
This research says decolorized and purified Aloe Vera Juice is the safe and effective treatment for treating acid reflux symptoms.
In 2015, there was a study that showed Aloe Vera juice is more effective than traditional medications for reducing acid reflux symptoms such as heartburn.
Aloe Vera juice is available widely in stores but make sure you select decolorized and purified Aloe Vera juice that is suitable for consumption.
Here’s how you can use Aloe Vera at home.
- Combine a full glass of water with one tablespoon of Aloe Vera.
- Start with a little sip at first
- Store the remaining gel in the refrigerator
- You can also use Aloe Vera in your favorite milkshake
Kudzu Root that is also called Kuzu, is a very popular herb found in traditional Chinese medicines.
The Preventative Medicine Center (PMC) suggests Kudzu as a remedy for an upset stomach. Kudzu can provide benefits to the digestive system and provide relief from heartburn.
Here’s how you can use it:
- Kudzu is available online in many health stores as a supplement form. For those who like herbal teas, Kudzu root tea is also available in many health stores.
- Kudzu is a very common item in South of the USA, and you can find it in any grocery store. People in South America fried it, or eat it raw.
Peppermint is one of the very conventional treatments for heartburn. Some neuropathic doctors recommend a controlled and careful dosage of peppermint to reduce the mild case of heartburn. However, an equal number of health expert don’t recommend peppermint because it further relaxes the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) which further allow acid back up to the esophagus.
Peppermint is being used in folk medicines to cure vomiting, digestion, nausea, stomach cramps, and more. Peppermint has a cooling, relaxing, and soothing action that relaxes the gut. Peppermint also has antifungal and antibacterial properties that keep gut bacteria at bay.
Here’s how you can use peppermint:
- A cup of peppermint tea can boost digestion. It is good to drink peppermint tea half an hour before mealtime. You can also drink peppermint-honey-ACV tea every morning to improve your digestion.
- If you prefer essential oils, then you can use a drop (or two) peppermint oil and put it on your tongue after or during a meal to improve digestion. Remember, if heartburn has started, then you need to rub the peppermint oil on your tummy instead of putting it on your tongue.
- Enteric-coated capsules containing peppermint oil is also a very good option as it dissolves slowly in the stomach without giving the rapid effect of the whole peppermint in one go. Try two capsules of enteric-coated capsules twice a day for at least three weeks in the supervision of a doctor for best results.
An apple a day can keep doctor away, but can it keep heartburn away as well? Apples are a great source of calcium, potassium, magnesium as these are alkalizing minerals and also reduces symptoms of acid reflux as well.
Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid rises into the esophagus. An apple a day before or after a meal can neutralize this effect. It is said that sweet apples work better than sour ones.
Prescription medications and OTC can relieve your heartburn, but they have adverse side effects as well. This is the reason many people are looking for natural remedies for heartburn.
Although many people reported success in treating heartburn with apples, but there’s isn’t any scientific evidence that supports these claims. Since apples don’t have any side effects, that is why there’s no harm in adding them to your diet.
Even if Apple doesn’t contribute to treating your heartburn, then still they help in improving your overall health. Just remember to,
- Choose organic apples
- Peel the skin off to remove the trace pesticides
- Avoid using green apples, they’re acidic.
Turmeric is being used as an alternative medicine for thousands of years to treat many diseases and conditions, including digestive issues and stomach problems. Few clinical trials proved that Turmeric is one of the effective remedies for heartburn and acid reflux.
Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that can used as an alternative therapy for inflammation, heartburn, and stomach ulcers.
The most active ingredient of Turmeric is Curcumin. Researchers discovered that Curcumin contains most of the health benefits of Turmeric. Curcumin has some potent antiviral, anticancer, and antibacterial capabilities.
How to use Turmeric to treat heartburn:
Turmeric powder is widely available in the market and online stores these days. Powder can be taken orally or used in cooking.
Most Indian curries recipes have turmeric as the key ingredient because it gives a spicy taste to the recipe.
Unless you are drinking lots of turmeric teas, it is difficult to consume enough turmeric to treat acid reflux.
Turmeric extract supplements are also widely used these days. People are using them to enjoy the health benefits of Turmeric. However, body absorbs turmeric and curcumin poorly. The liver and intestinal wall rapidly mobilize both of them. It is good to consume it with piperine that found in black pepper. You need to choose a Turmeric supplement that has both black pepper extract and piperine.
Chewing gum can be an effective and natural remedy for heartburn and acid reflux. Chewing gum can help in relieving many symptoms like sore throat, bad breath, heartburn, etc.
Chewing gum after a meal for 30 minutes takes refluxed stomach acid back to the stomach and reduces the levels of stomach acid.
Chewing gum increases saliva production. Saliva contains bicarbonate that is an active component of baking soda that reduces stomach acid levels.
Chewing gum also mimics eating and reduces stress, anxiety, and cortisol levels.
When it comes to chewing gum to reduce heartburn, not all gums are helpful.
Take a look at some good gums for heartburn:
- Ginger Gum provides acid reflux relief and reduces digestive problems, including heartburn and nausea.
- Cinnamon Gum aids in digestion by improving enzymes that break down food
- Fennel Licorice Gum contains funnel that soothes heartburn, and Licorice protects the digestive tract and promotes healing.
- Bicarbonate gum contains bicarbonate as an active ingredient that neutralizes stomach acid.
Now some bad gums for heartburn are:
- Mint Gum can give you acid reflux. Mind relax the LES, and they should be avoided. Avoid mint, spearmint, peppermint gum to prevent acid reflux.
- Nicotine Gum relax the LES, and it should be avoided
Baking soda is one of the effective remedies for heartburn. It is also a low-cost antacid (correcting acidity) that often recommended by doctors. It has a pH greater than 7 and also neutralizes stomach acid effectively.
Interestingly, the body’s panaceas also produce bicarbonate that helps in neutralizing stomach acid.
Baking soda is available in many different forms, such as capsules, solutions, tablets, and powder.
Baking soda used in many heartburn medicines such as Zegerid.
It is important to know that baking soda and baking powder are different. Baking powder may not reduce heartburn because other ingredients render in it, and the pH level needed to lower acidity is not there.
Baking soda can be used alone, with water, or mix with honey or ginger.
Here’s how to use baking soda to treat heartburn:
Baking Soda with Honey
Honey is an effective home remedy for many digestive problems because it balances the pH level and neutralizes stomach acid.
Honey contains amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and essential enzymes that required for treating digestion problems. Honey also create a significant impact in reducing burning feeling in the chest.
Here are the ingredients required:
- Honey – One tablespoon
- Baking Soda – One tablespoon
- Warm water – One cup
- Combine baking soda and honey into the cup of warm water and stir it.
- Keep stirring it properly until baking soda dissolved in water. Drink it regularly.
- Drink the solution once you start feeling heartburn
Baking Soda with Ginger:
Ginger provides a myriad of health benefits, and it also helps in treating digestive problems.
Ginger contains two important components, Gingerol, and Shogaol which increase gastric fluids in the stomach and reduces problems like heartburn.
Here are the ingredients required:
- Ginger – ½ teaspoon of grated
- Baking Soda – ½ Tablespoon
- Warm Water – One cup
- Combine grated ginger and baking soda into a cup of lukewarm water.
- Stir ingredients carefully
- Drink regularly.
You can also prepare ginger tea, add some baking soda to it and drink it. It will relieve the sensation of burning in the chest due to heartburn.
Buttermilk is a refreshing and healthy drink that can help in digestion, and it is widely used in many countries like India and Germany.
Buttermilk is the liquid that left behind then cream is churned into butter. Buttermilk is rich in lactic acid that helps in neutralizing stomach acid. It reduces irritation caused by acid reflux.
Buttermilk is a good source of probiotics. Many studies showed that probiotics are helpful in the treatment of acid reflux and inflammation.
According to Dr. David, fermented milk products like buttermilk are the best source of probiotics.
You can drink chilled buttermilk, or add spices like ginger or cumin in it to improve its taste.
It is best to sipped buttermilk after a meal.
Freshly homemade buttermilk is best, and if you are considering packaged version, make sure it is free from additives and preservatives.
Dietary Principles For Heartburn-Free Environment:
Besides using the above mentioned seventeen natural remedies for heartburn, you can also follow these eight simple dietary principles to live in a heartburn-free environment.
Here they are…
Dietary Principle #1 – Reducing Fat From Diet:
Some fats heal, and some fats kill. It is crucial to choose the right fats in your diet. Good fats (such as Omega-3) are essential for the body and helps in improving the body’s function. Bad fats (such as hydrogenated fat or saturated fat) creates chronic diseases and other numerous digestive problems.
A low-fat diet relieves heartburn and prevents cancer as well. It also helps you in reducing and maintaining weight.
Good fats are extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, avocadoes, and walnuts. Bad fats are hydrogenated fats, refined oil, margarine, most desserts, processed vegetable oils.
Dietary Principle #2 – Increasing Fiber:
Low-fiber diets are associated with cancer. A low amount of fiber creates digestive problems and it is one of the major causes of acid reflux. However, a high-fiber diet improves digestion, sweep away toxics, and prevent illness.
Fiber also relieves constipation and also prevent ulcer by controlling blood sugar levels and your weight.
How Much Fiber In A Day?
A complete healthy diet should contain both soluble fiber that dissolves in water and comes from oatmeal, fruits, and vegetable along with insoluble fiber that doesn’t dissolve in water and comes from whole grain such as bran bread, peel of fruits and vegetables).
According to doctors, individuals consume 25 to 40 grams per day. If your diet contains vegetables, and fruits then you don’t have to worry much about fiber deficiency.
Dietary Principle #3 – Reducing Spicy Foods:
Everyone knows that spicy foods eating on an empty stomach can create digestive disorders.
Most acid-aggregating spices are garlic, chili, black pepper, curry, mustard seeds, and cloves.
However, you can include rosemary basil and other herbs in your food.
Dietary Principle #4 – Lowering Dietary Consumption:
Dietary products, especially cow’s milk is the most notorious heartburn-aggravating products. Cow milk also causes many allergies and clogs your digestive tract because it becomes a glue-like substance after entering your bowel.
Milk is also highly acidic and starts the production of stomach acid, which can aggravate acid reflux.
When it comes to chocolates, then you should prefer dark chocolates (no dairy ingredients with a high percentage of cocoa)
Dietary Principle #5 – Reduce Gas-Foaming Foods:
Gas formation is the natural process of food digestion. However, people with GI disorder can get problems even with the smallest amount of gas formation.
Certain foods are gas-forming and elimination of these foods from the diet can reduce GI disorder.
Some known gas-forming foods that you should consider removing are beans, legumes, cruciferous vegetables, cabbage, and broccoli.
Dietary Principle #6 – Reduce Calories:
Controlling your calorie intake helps in reducing weight and also helps in maintaining an acid-reflux free environment. Obesity and overweight cause some chronic severe conditions such as high blood pressure, heart diseases, diabetes, and many more.
Cutting down calories is vital for the prevention of these chronic diseases.
You can start reducing calories by eating healthy meals and by introducing lower-calories foods into your diet.
Dietary Principle #7 – Minimizing Toxic Foods
By reducing toxic foods, I mean you have to minimize foods that feed candida. The top food that you must include is,
Sugar – Either processed or added sugar is Candida’s most favorite food. Sugar recognized by the body as a chemical compound that robs essential minerals and vitamins and also increases blood sugar level.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) – This is the most commonly used sugar to sweeten processed foods. Although a small amount of fructose found in fruits is good for health but the amount people are consuming is alarming. You have to avoid all artificial sweeteners. Stevia is considered a safe alternative for sugar.
Refined Carbs – Refined carbohydrates are treated as the same like sugar by the body and have the same reaction. Extra insulin in the body contribute to yeast infection, and over-growth can aggravate acid-reflux symptoms.
Hydrogenated Oil – Hydrogenated oil found in margarine, muffins, salad dressings, donuts, cakes, soups, mayonnaise need to be avoided. Partly hydrogenated oils such as soybean and vegetable oil are also bad for the body as they reduce good cholesterol in the body.
Red Meat – Red meat contains some harmful toxins and they are hard-to-digest protein.
Alcohol and Caffeine – Alcohol has lots of harmful effects on the body and needs to be avoided at all cost. Caffeine needs to be restricted to a minimum amount to create an acid-reflux free environment.
Dietary Principle #8 – Consume Cleansing Foods
Cleansing foods help in flushing out toxins from the body and help body organs to function correctly. Some of the best cleansing foods are:
Fruits – Great source of vitamins and minerals. They are easy to digest. You have to intake a maximum of one serving of fruit every day.
Sprouts – Knows as superfood food because they contain highly nutritious and also provide healthy enzymes.
Non-starchy Vegetables – Just like sprouts, non-starchy vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels, all types of lettuces, celery, and cucumber are a great source of energy as they provide complex carbohydrates.
Herbs and Leaves – They contain lots of high-quality minerals, also they are a great source of chlorophyll. Herbs also contain a high variety of antioxidants.
Seeds – Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds are rich in zinc, and they are also great for health.
6 Lifestyle Tips For Heartburn-Free Living
Numerous lifestyle factors can affect your overall health. You have to monitor how much you eat, when you eat, and how much time you are spending on physical activity to make a big impact on acid reflux and its related symptoms.
The following are six lifestyle tips that I want to give you that will help you in reducing acid reflux. These lifestyle habits along with natural remedies for heartburn will help you in living a healthy life.
Here’s are these lifestyle tips:
Healthy Eating Habits:
Meal size and timing affect the risk of getting acid reflux. The more amount of food you eat, the longer it will take the stomach to digest it and those contents will remain in the stomach for a longer period.
One of the best ways to prevent this is by eating a small amount of food in the day and consuming only liquid food at night. Eating late night is also a problem because when you lie down, small stomach contents can easily flow back to the esophagus.
To stop this, you have to make sure the food is processed completed in the stomach before sleep. To make this happen, you need to stop eating three to four hours before going to sleep. Suppose, if you usually sleep at 10 pm, then your last meal should be at 6 pm. It is also good to avoid doing any strenuous activity right after eating.
It is important to remember that eating too much can make you overweight. You have to remain within the range of normal BMI (Body Mass Index), which is 18.5 – 25. If you have BMI >25, then you need to work on yourself because fat cells around the stomach put pressure and stop the digestive system from working properly.
Most of the time, obesity is the result of poor dietary choices. Fat cells put pressure that stops organs from working properly. And also, additional fat cells increase the reflux activity of stomach contents to the esophagus.
Excess fat cells around the stomach also disturb a lot of bodily functions. Too much fat deposit clog not only the blood vessels but also important organs of digestion. When it happens then it puts extra pressure on the body to complete the digestion process. This pressure allows the stomach contents to travel back to the esophagus.
For people who are overweight, they need to lose weight and get their weight into a healthy level. A healthy weight gives a lot of benefits. Remember, a person doesn’t have to be thin to be considered healthy. He should focus on obtaining a healthy weight which is easily possible without undergoing a fad diet or a lot of trouble.
Stress has a crucial role in anyone’s life. Emotional problems, working late hours, sleep disturbance, are some of the prime examples that increases stress on the body.
Many studies have been conducted on stress, and they all proved stress harms many areas of life and this includes digestion and degradation of the immune system.
When the body is under stress, the brain releases a hormone called Cortisol (stress-hormone) that increases the blood sugar level in the body. Both these circumstances are ideal for Candida Overgrowth which results in acid reflux and its related symptoms like heartburn.
A 2016 study published in PLOS ONE journal proved a higher Cortisol level (stress hormone) leads to a decrease in insulin secretion. Insulin hormone is important for breaking sugar and maintaining optimum blood sugar levels in the body.
The effects of stress are not only limited to psychological problems. It also creates digestion problems. A stressful life usually leads to a lack of exercise and improper sleep which negatively affects body organs and also digestion as well. The variety of digestive problems leads to increase chances of experiencing heartburn.
Smoking and Alcohol:
Smoking is a habit that brings a lot of threats to health. It is the habit that aggravates reflux diseases. Some of the effects of nicotine are: 1) It suppresses the saliva production, and (2) it weakens the LES.
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of both acid reflux and ulcers of the stomach.
Various studies showed that Nicotine is the main culprit of GERD because it lowers pressures in the lower esophageal sphincter.
Stopping cigarette smoking has a beneficial effect on GERD and its symptoms including heartburn. However, stopping cigarette smoking is not easy and a physician may prescribe medicines or nicotine patches to improve the chances of success.
Alcohol is another factor that aggravates GERD. Little amount of alcohol helps in emptying stomach, which is good for people with acid reflux problems. The sooner stomach gets empty, the fewer chances will be there for stomach acid.
However, the benefit outweighed by the fact that too much alcohol inflames the lining of the esophagus and weakens the LES.
Alcohol also increases fat storage which again is bad for people with acid reflux or heartburn problems.
Clothes that fit tightly around the waist region are using the culprit for acid reflux as they increase intra-abdominal pressure and also lowers the effectiveness of lower esophageal sphincter.
Belt or pants that fit just snugly in the standing position becomes too tight and increase intra-abdominal pressure in the sitting position or when you bend forward or after eaten a meal.
Elastic waistbands create problems because they put constant pressure on the abdominal area but this pressure becomes least desirable after the meal. And unlike belted cloth, elastic clothes cannot be let out.
Girdle (body shapers) are also likely to increase intra-abdominal pressure.
Although many medicines don’t create any problem for people with GERD, but some medicines can make GERD symptoms worse.
Medicines can affect digestion in two ways.
First, some medicines, like some foods irritants the lining of the esophagus and stomach. Medicines in this category include Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen), antibiotics (such as doxycycline), potassium supplement, and iron pills.
Second, some medicines reduce pressure in the lower esophageal sphincter, which increases the severity and frequency of acid reflux. Medicines of this kind are: nitrates (used to treat angina), calcium-channel blockers (used in hypertension), and theophylline (used to treat asthma).
Although alternative medicines don’t have side effects, however in some situations, there are no alternative substitutions. It is important to seek doctor advice before making any changes or stopping any medicine for any reason including, heartburn.
Did I Miss Any Other Remedy?
I did my best to reveal some of the scientifically proven natural remedies for heartburn. However, if you know any other remedy that can provide instant relief from heartburn then please share with us in the comment box below.