5 Remedies for Heartburn
Heartburn is something that most adults will experience during their lifetime. It is characterized by an uncomfortable burning sensation right behind the breastbone that often creeps up the throat, and is a symptom more so than a disease. It is caused by acid reflux which occurs when the ring of muscle that allows food into your stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES) relaxes when it shouldn’t. The result is acid from your stomach traveling back up your esophagus, causing the sensation of heartburn. Lifestyle changes and heartburn home remedies may be the route you want to take.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is the fastest acting, natural remedy for heartburn. Take a 1 ounce shot of straight apple cider vinegar for instant relief. For preventative measures, take 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water before each meal to counteract heartburn naturally.
- Baking Soda
Baking Soda will also give you instant heartburn relief. Just add a teaspoon to a glass of water and drink before meals.
- Lemon Water
Lemon Water also relieves and prevents heartburn. Add the juice of a lemon half to a glass of water and drink before meals.
Fresh ginger provides relief from heartburn. You can use ginger as a spice in cooking, eat it raw, or make a ginger tea. To make ginger tea: add one teaspoon of freshly-grated ginger to one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes before drinking.
- Coconut Water
The water extracted from the coconut is a popular home remedy for heartburn. Coconut water controls heartburn by reducing inflammation and soothing and healing the intestinal tract. Drink 2 to 4 ounces before each meal.
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