Heartburn- the misnamed condition of when talked about everyone understands the meaning and the feeling of the word. The start of this condition begins when the muscles in the esophagus fail to contain the acid in the stomach, allowing the acids to reverse direction and start coming back up the throat. The result is an uncomfortable and painful burning sensation that is felt in the chest thus creating the name.
There are many prescription drugs and over the counter remedies that people use on a regular basis for this condition. Though these remedies do work and can help you feel better, there are alternatives that are natural and healthy. Many of these remedies can be made from common household food or a combination of foods that will aid you in finding natural relief.
Foods that can Help
a. First on the list is almonds, a very natural food rich in vitamins, nutrients and healthy unsaturated polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat. Their high oil content will help neutralize excess acid in the stomach. Another healthy benefit is they can assist in lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure.
b. Secondly, an apple can help reduce the amount of acid in your stomach. The tart apples such as Gala and Braeburn have had the best reported results. Remember an apple a day can keep the doctor and heartburn away.
c. Everyone knows the benefits of using Aloe Vera plants on burns and cuts but do not realize that the juice of the Aloe Vera plant will also cut down on the acid created in the stomach, and will help with some relief.
d. The all-time favorite vintage method to find some relief is to use baking soda. The recipe consists simply of adding a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and then stir. The stronger the burn, the more baking soda you add.
Uncommon Foods to Help
While the above list is some of the common and well known methods of natural relief, here are some you may not have heard or thought of before.
a. Bananas are rich in pectin, high in potassium, low in salt and have a natural antacid that provides relief very quickly.
b. Basil leaves, while not a mainstay snack and often overlooked due to not tasting so good, have many benefits, such as reducing stomach acid and aiding with nausea and gas relief.
c. Chamomile tea has a soothing effect on the stomach and throat. It tastes great and has the added relief for heartburn. Additionally, it acts as a stress reliever.
d. Though mustard is most commonly eaten on hot dogs, and eating too many of them causes stomach problems, the turmeric that creates the yellow coloring in mustard has been used for many years for digestive disorders.
e. Some others that can help you find relief are Cinnamon, Garlic, Fennel Tea, Grapes, Ginger, and a tasty favorite is licorice. Also, peppermint oil, pineapple and just plain water are all known as natural health remedies.
Other Natural Remedies
Eating certain foods or eliminating the ones that create a problem is certainly a step in the right direction but how about common sense ways to help control heartburn. The following are several healthy suggestions to natural prevention.
Exercise on a regular basis.
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Stay away from foods that are high in fat.
Avoid eating 3-4 hours before going to bed.
Eat smaller portions while eating slowly. Take smaller bites and chew it well.
Stop smoking and reduce your alcohol intake. If you are going to drink, try a red wine with your meal which is tasty and healthy at the same time.
When you are not feeling well, whether it’s heartburn or some other form of sickness, there are several choices that can get you on the right track to feeling better. We share these tidbits about natural heartburn treatment and prevention in an effort to provide you with a healthier option that can help you to feel better while choosing to live a healthier lifestyle.
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