15 Natural Remedies for Heartburn & Severe Acid Reflux

15 Natural Remedies for Heartburn & Severe Acid Reflux   -    While over-the-counter and prescription medications are available, if you suffer only from occasional heartburn, lifestyle changes and using these 15 home remedies for heartburn may be the route you want to take.
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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 times 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 goes back up your esophagus, which then causes the sensation of heartburn.

 

Think about it…its acid burning your throat…ouch! It’s actually possible to have reflux without heartburn, but it is not possible to have heartburn without reflux.

 

15 Natural Remedies for Heartburn

 

While over-the-counter and prescription medications are available, if you suffer only from occasional heartburn, lifestyle changes and using these home remedies for heartburn may be the route you want to take.

 

  1. A spoonful of baking soda…

 

A spoonful of sodium bicarbonate, or teaspoon-full to be exact, can help put an end to the gnawing, burning, sensation of heartburn caused by acid reflux.

 

Baking soda, as sodium bicarbonate is more commonly known, can help your reflux and in turn help your heartburn because it is a base substance.

 

It has a pH higher than 7.0, and therefore neutralizes stomach acid. Neutralizing the stomach acid means that if/when your LES decides to be lazy and acid comes up your throat, you don’t get “burned.”

 

You will need…
-1/2 teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of baking soda
-a glass of fresh water

 

Directions
Mix either a ½ teaspoon or 1 single teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water that is no more than 8 ounces. Give it a good stir and drink all of the mixture.

 

You can repeat this as needed but should not exceed seven ½ teaspoon doses in a 24 hour period. Also, avoid using this as a remedy for more than a week straight, as it is high in salt and can have side effects such as swelling or nausea.

 

  1. Soothe your stomach with aloe juice

 

Aloe is a plant used to soothe burns, and people often think of using it to help something like sunburn, but it can do more than that. It may be able to help with heartburn too because it reduces inflammation.

 

This means when your tummy starts getting irritated and inflamed, or your esophagus is getting eaten away at, a nice glass of aloe vera juice may be just the thing to help calm it down.

 

You will need…
-1/2 cup aloe vera juice

 

Directions
Drink a ½ cup of aloe juice, cool or room temperature, before meals. Keep in mind that aloe can act as a laxative, so unless you’re looking to fit in a few extra bathroom Sudoku puzzles, look for a brand that has the laxative component removed.

 

  1. Chew gum

 

The Journal of Dental Research conducted a study that showed people with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or chronic heartburn, experienced relief when they chewed a piece of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal.

 

This is because chewing gum stimulates the salivary glands, and increases the flow of saliva. Any acid that has built up in the gut is diluted and washed away or cleared out more quickly. The clearance of acid then improves the symptoms of GERD.

 

It is possible that the same school of thought could be applied to occasional heartburn as well. It’s our regular saliva that we swallow that actually makes normal bouts of reflux here and there completely painless.

 

You will need…
-1 piece of sugar-free gum

 

Directions…
After a meal, pop in a piece of sugar-free gum and chew for 30 minutes to help ward off heartburn.

 

  1. Chin up (and don’t lie down)

 

Heartburn tends to get worse at night, thanks to the fact that you’re lying down when you sleep. Gravity works against you, and it’s easier for the digested contents of your stomach to back up into your esophagus, along with acid.

 

Try elevating your head about 6 inches when you sleep by placing bricks, books, or blocks under the legs at the head of your bed. You could also try a wedge-shaped pillow under your mattress, but don’t simply pile up extra pillows as it’s easy to slip off of them at night.

 

Don’t lie down within 3-4 hours after eating, because lying down with a full stomach makes stomach contents press harder against your lower esophageal sphincter.

 

  1. How, what, and when

 

Watch how you eat: Don’t inhale giant mouthfuls of food. Take smaller bites and eat slowly, allowing your stomach time to digest and without giving it an excuse to pump out excess acid.

 

Watch what you eat: You’re probably aware that specific foods trigger heartburn, usually foods high in acid (tomatoes or citrus fruits, for example,) or spicy foods. Avoid these as best you can to ward off

 

Watch when you eat: Don’t eat within 3-4 hours before bed. Lying down puts more pressure on your LES and increases the likelihood of acid sneaking through.

 

  1. Get more acid

 

When you have acid burning your esophagus, it seems quite counterintuitive to ingest even more acid.

 

In many cases though, acid reflux is caused by having not enough acid in your stomach, rather than having too much, as over-the-counter or prescription “acid blockers” imply (although that can also be the case, among other factors.)

 

It is the acid itself that tells the lower esophageal sphincter to tighten and close off. If you don’t produce enough acid, your LES is going to think it’s no big deal to loosen up for a little bit. Then of course, you get a reflux of acid into your esophagus.

 

If you think this may be your case, try drinking some pure, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to see if this prevents your reflux, or cuts it off.

 

You will need…
-3 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
-6 to 8 ounces of fresh water

 

Directions
Mix 3 teaspoons, or up to 1 tablespoon, of apple cider vinegar into 6-8 ounces of fresh water, and drink.

 

You can do this before each meal (probably the most effective,) before bedtime, or 2-3 times during the day. If you feel is worsens your reflux, do not continue to ingest it. Too much may also contribute to the problem.

 

  1. Eat a banana or an apple

 

Bananas contain natural antacids that can act as a buffer against acid reflux. If you want to try out the simplest home remedies for heartburn first, try letting a few bananas ripen up nicely and eating one every day.

 

Another option is to try an apple a day. Slice one up and eat it a couple of hours before bedtime to relieve or prevent discomfort.

 

  1. Make gingerroot tea

 

Gingerroot can help ease up a number of stomach woes, from nausea to acid reflux. Sipping a cup of fresh tea about 20 minutes before a meal can help calm down your tummy and act as an acid buffer.

 

You will need…
-3 quarter sized slices of gingerroot
-2 cups of water

 

Slice up 3 quarter sized pieces of gingerroot and simmer gently in 2 cups of water, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the ginger pieces, or leave them in, pour into a glass, and drink all of it about 20 minutes before a meal.

 

  1. Track your triggers

 

It takes time, energy, and dedication, but tracking what triggers your heartburn may be what ultimately makes it go away in the end.

 

Instead of going crazy with what you eat and relying on over-the-counter medications to keep the acid at bay, keep a little diary of sorts that makes note of what you ate, and if/when it caused heartburn.

 

Also keep track of activities and what you’re wearing (explained in #10.)

 

  1. Avoid tight fitting clothes

 

Things cinched tightly about your waist or middle can worsen heartburn. If you have super tight jeans on, when you sit down, the waistband is going to sink into your abdomen region. Same goes for tight belts-and even shirts can be a problem for some.

 

This is because all of the above puts extra pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter, which make it more likely stomach contents, will push through and you’ll experience reflux.

 

  1. Smoking + alcohol = heart on fire

 

Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can set you up for terrible reflux. The nicotine and alcohol both work to weaken your LES, making it that much easier for stomach contents and acid to splash up into your esophagus. Alcohol is also going to irritate your stomach in general.

 

The solution? Quit smoking, and drink less (if at all.) Doing both will improve your health overall, in addition to relieving acid reflux.

 

  1. Maintain a healthy weight

 

Being overweight increases your risk of GERD, and you’re going to suffer from occasional heartburn a lot more as well.

 

This is because unnecessarily added pounds will put pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter. It will be more likely to loosen, and overtime it may simply weaken.

 

  1. Mustard.

 

Mustard is an alkalizing food that is full of minerals, and contains a weak acid in the form of vinegar. Consuming mustard straight, while it may make you grimace at first, may ultimately end up making your smile.

 

Because of its alkaline properties, it will help neutralize the acid that may come creeping up your throat, and therefore may neutralize the pain of acid reflux. It seems to be the most helpful if you’re feeling a bout of heartburn creeping up, or if you’re in the midst of one.

 

You will need…
-1 teaspoon of good quality yellow mustard

 

Directions
Muster up some courage, and just take that little sucker straight.

 

  1. Snack on almonds

 

A natural remedy for heartburn from Reader’s Digest, eat some almonds after every meal, every snack, every time you ingest something basically. Try to track down organic almonds if possible.

 

These tasty nuts do something to seemingly neutralize the juices in your stomach, relieving and preventing some instances of heartburn.

 

You will need…
-3 to 4 almonds

 

Directions…
Directly after every meal, every snack, basically every time you ingest something, eat 3-4 almonds afterwards. There’s no need to eat more, unless of course you want to munch on some more.

 

But keep in mind that in excess some people have found almonds trigger heartburn, kind of like how they help tension headaches but can trigger migraines.

 

  1. A cup of chamomile

 

Having a spot of chamomile tea about ½ – 1 hour before you plan on going to sleep can help reduce inflammation in your stomach, and possibly balance out the acidity levels as well.

 

Chamomile tea also does wonders for relieving stress, which can trigger acid reflux, and will help you sleep through the night as well. You can use instant chamomile tea, or you can easily make your own fresh.

 

You will need…
-1 teaspoon dried chamomile flower petals
-Strainer
-1 cup of boiling water
-Honey or lemon (optional)

 

Directions
Boil one cup of water in a cooking pot, and then reduce the heat. Stir in 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile petals, and let them simmer for 45 seconds.

 

Remove from heat and let the petals soak for another minute or two before straining them. Pour the tea into a mug, and add a bit of honey or lemon if you wish.

 

When I was very young, around 5 or 6, I remember hearing my babysitter talk about heartburn, and I was horrified. I asked her if it meant your heart was on fire and she said “yes.”

 

I paused and then said “like, there are actually flames around your heart?” My babysitter nodded solemnly.

 

Now, of course, I know better than that, but it’s still called heartburn for a reason. The searing, burning, pain does indeed feel like someone lit a fire in your chest, and let the flames spread to your throat.

 

Certain medications may quell the discomfort, but they can have long-term side effects, create dependency, are hard on your system, and often times aren’t even necessary for occasional acid reflux.

 

It may be awhile of trial and error when using these natural remedies for heartburn to find what works best, but in the long run, it’s well worth it.

 

To learn about other natural remedies for heartburn, watch this Video HERE.

 

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Nearly half of Americans say they want restaurants to offer healthier items like salad, but only 23 percent actually order the healthy options. Why aren’t we more drawn in to salads?

 

Many people complain that salad is like “rabbit food.” If you order a salad at a restaurant or make one at home, you probably consider it the “light” option … not the one that is going to make you feel full and satisfied.

 

But it is possible to make you feel full after a salad, and not just full but satiated. The trick lies in choosing the right ingredients, starting with the right kind of lettuce.

 

A base of romaine lettuce or spinach will give you nearly twice the fiber as iceberg, along with significantly higher levels of vitamins A, C, K and folate.

 

High-fiber foods help slow your digestion, keeping you feeling full longer. Plus, they provide extra volume without a lot of extra calories, another “trick” for filling up. Beyond the lettuce, it’s the toppings that will make or break your salad.

 

You need to consider not only fiber but also protein and healthy fats. Together, this satiating trio of fiber, protein and healthy fats will make you feel like you’re eating a real meal and not “just” a salad. As noted in the Harvard Health Letter:

 

“The fiber makes you feel full right away, the protein helps you stay full for longer, and the fat works with the hormones in your body to tell you to stop eating.”

 

Add This to Your Healthy and Filling Salad

 

Protein

 

In a study of 38 foods, participants ate an equal number of calories but reported that foods high in protein, fiber and water had the greatest satiating power.

 

A salad, with fiber- and water-rich veggies as its foundation, automatically meets two of these criteria, but you need to add protein to take it to the next level.

 

When you eat protein, it is broken down into peptides, which block your body’s mu-opioid receptors (MORs) and, in so doing, your desire to eat more. This is how protein helps to make you feel full. As explained by Science Daily:

 

“The peptides send signals to the brain that are then transmitted back to the gut to stimulate the intestine to release glucose, suppressing the desire to eat.”

 

There are many options to add healthy protein to your salad … try:

 

  • Organic, free-range chicken breast
  • Strips of grass-fed beef steak
  • Wild-caught salmon filet
  • Organic hard-boiled egg
  • Cheese
  • Nuts and seeds

 

Fiber

 

Dark leafy greens, the hallmark of a healthy salad, are full of fiber, but you needn’t stop there. Remember, high-fiber foods make you feel full and keep you feeling full longer. Virtually all fruits and vegetables fall into the fiber-rich category, but some particularly good options for your salad include:

 

  • Garbanzo beans
  • Peas
  • Raspberries
  • Pears
  • Mushrooms
  • Chia seeds
  • Black beans
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Apples

 

Healthy Fats

 

Healthy fats are satiating and may help regulate hunger. There is some evidence that different types of fats affect satiety differently, with saturated fats and polyunsaturated fats possibly playing a bigger role in feelings of fullness than monounsaturated fat.

 

Having said so, it is therefore wise to include a variety of healthy fats in your salads due to their additional health benefits (for your heart health, for instance).

 

Take avocados, for instance, which are rich in monounsaturated fat and fiber. One study found women who ate half an avocado with their lunch reported increased feelings of satisfaction and a significantly decreased desire to eat hours later.

 

In addition, one of the easiest ways to add healthy fats to your diet is via the dressing, olive oil being one of them. In a study of different fats and oils, olive oil had the greatest satiating effect, and those who ate olive oil had a higher concentration of the satiety hormone serotonin in their blood.

 

One other reason to eat fats with your salad is that they make nutrients, including antioxidant carotenoids, easier for your body to absorb. Examples of healthy fats to include in your salad include:

 

  • Avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Wild-caught salmon filet (omega-3s)
  • Olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Tahini

 

A Crave-Worthy Dinner Salad

 

To get an idea of what salad can be, check out the recipe below. From Half Baked Harvest, this is the epitome of making a salad a meal. It takes longer than a typical salad to prepare (about 40 minutes from start to finish), but it’s still quick enough to put together on a weeknight. Enjoy!

 

Thai Steak Salad w/Sweet + Spicy Tahini Dressing and Sesame Chili-Lime Cashews

 

  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes

 

Serving Size: 4-6

 

Ingredients

 

  • Cashews
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/3 cups raw cashews
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 lime, zested

 

Dressing

 

  • 2 limes, juiced + the zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ponzu sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 2-3 tablespoons sweet thai chili sauce
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2-3 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste) (may substitute peanut butter)

 

Salad

 

  • 4 cups baby kale or other dark leafy green
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen shelled edamame, defrosted and cooked for 3-5 min. in boiling water
  • 3 carrots, shredded or chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (red, yellow and or orange), sliced thin
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango, chopped into chunks
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cups of fresh basil, cilantro and mint (only use 1/3 cup mint)
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup black and/or white sesame seeds, toasted
  • Steak, such as grass-fed ribeye

 

Instructions

 

Cashews

 

Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the sesame oil, cashews and chili powder, toss well. Cook over medium heat until lightly toasted and browned, about five minutes.

 

During the last minute of cooking add in the honey. Remove from the heat and add the lime zest and 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds. Toss well and set aside.

 

The Rest

 

Add the steak to a glass dish or gallon-size plastic bag.

 

In a glass measuring cup or bowl whisk together the lime juice + zest, fish sauce, ponzu sauce, sweet thai chili sauce, garlic and ginger. Pour about 1/4 -1/3 of the dressing over the steak, cover or seal the bag and place in the fridge while you prep the rest of the salad, at least 15 minutes (the longer the better).

 

Meanwhile add the tahini to a small bowl and heat until melted and smooth. Add the melted tahini to the dressing, whisk until smooth. Taste and add more tahini or sweet thai chili sauce to your liking, set aside.

 

In a large bowl add the kale, edamame, carrots, bell peppers, mango chunks, lemon grass and green onions. Give it all a good toss.

Heat a grill or grill pan to high heat.

 

Once it is hot, sear the steak for 5-8 minutes, flip and sear another 5 minutes or until your desired doneness is reached. Remove the steak and allow to rest 5 minutes. Slice steak thinly against the grain and add to the salad.

 

Add the dressing and remaining sesame seeds. Toss to coat and massage the dressing into the veggies for 1-2 minutes. Add the eggs and cashews. Serve warm or cover and place in the fridge until ready to eat. You can add the dressing just before serving or add it and let the salad sit in the fridge a few hours.

 

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