Heartburn is that terribly unpleasant feeling which happens when acid from the stomach climbs up into your food pipe and throat, causing a burning pain. This is also called acid reflux.
Heartburn pain can last for many hours or even more. It often worsens by eating, as well as lying down, as it can even increase the pain, which may result in sleepless nights.
Although it’s not a serious condition, persistent acid reflux can damage the lining of the food pipe.
Check out these 6 best ways to help you ease your terrible heartburn
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1- Stay Away from Over-the-Counter Medicines
Antacids like Rolaids, Maalox, Tums, and Alka-Seltzer can provide you with instant relief, but in reality, they don’t target the source of your heartburn issue.
They can even cause new digestive problems, such as gas, cramps, diarrhea, and constipation, as well as they may interconnect with other drugs you’re taking.
In case your heartburn occurs over twice a week or is prolonged for more than a couple of weeks, you should see your doctor or try one of the following remedies.
2- Do a Simple Acid Reflux Test
Acid reflux, or heartburn, occurs when your body produces too little or too much HCI, the acid responsible for breaking down food in your stomach.
The next time you’ll experience heartburn, you can do a simple test at home by drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. If it relieved the symptoms, it means that your body isn’t making enough HCI. Then, you can mix pure apple cider vinegar with water and sip it as you eat.
But if the test worsens your symptoms, it means that your body’s making too much HCI. You may consider trying to drink 2 or 3 teaspoons of baking soda (mixed with water) every day, add a quarter to a half teaspoon per glass.
3- Change Your Eating Habits
You should avoid eating rapidly, drinking water while eating, and talking while eating. All of these are responsible for preventing the food from being broken down.
You should make your meal time quiet and stress-free so you’ll sit down and chew your food properly before you swallow it.
4- Use Bitters for Heartburn
Alcohol is particularly bad for heartburn, however, those bitters can be useful.
Before you start eating, make yourself a glass of water mixed with a few drops of bitters, such as the type normally used to make cocktails.
Gentian root is a botanical ingredient in bitters, it quickens the flow of your stomach acids, saliva, and bile, and prepares your system for proper digestion.
5- Change Your Sleeping Position
The food pipe is linked to the stomach on the right side of your body.
Acid reflux happens when the food in your stomach flows into or presses against the entrance of the food pipe.
So, the best solution is to simply start sleeping on your left side. You may not feel comfy at first but the decline in your heartburn symptoms will be totally worth it.
6- Make some Fennel Tea
Fennel is a cooking herb that’s used as a healthy homemade remedy for various digestive problems, including heartburn.
To make fennel tea, you need to put a few teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds into a tea infuser and add boiling water, then cover it and let it soak for 7 to 10 minutes.
When you crush and soak fennel seeds, they let out volatile oils, which have been proven to ease heartburn.