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.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

 

How to Actually Harness the Benefits of Licorice Root?

 

How to Actually Harness the Benefits of Licorice Root? Licorice is a root native to Europe and Asia, which not only has a compound that is 50 times sweeter than sugar but also offers health benefits that have been prized for thousands of years. Here are the top 8 benefits of licorice root
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Licorice is more than the sweet chewy treat you remember from childhood … it’s a root native to Europe and Asia, which not only has a compound that is 50 times sweeter than sugar but also offers health benefits that have been prized for thousands of years.

 

Why might you want to become familiar with this beneficial “sweet root”?

 

8 Benefits of Licorice Root

 

  1. Soothe Coughs and Colds

 

As a demulcent, licorice root helps to soothe and coat irritated mucous membranes. It also acts as an expectorant, helping your body to get rid of phlegm. Traditionally, licorice root has been used to treat sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, coughs and other breathing problems.

 

  1. Stomach Ulcers

 

Licorice root has antibacterial properties and may help in the treatment of stomach ulcers. One study even found a combination of licorice and antacids treated ulcers as well as prescription drugs.

 

  1. Eczema

 

Licorice has anti-inflammatory properties, and a topical licorice gel has been found to reduce redness, swelling and itching associated with eczema.

 

  1. Indigestion, GERD and Acid Reflux

 

When combined with other herbs like milk thistle, peppermint and chamomile, there is evidence that licorice root helps reduce the severity of acid reflux, as well as reduces symptoms such as pain, cramping and nausea. Licorice has traditionally been regarded as a digestive tonic that may soothe colic, chronic gastritis and other digestive upsets.

 

  1. Bacteria and Viral Infections

 

With both antibacterial and anti-viral properties, licorice has been used in folk medicine to help treat infections caused by both bacteria and viruses. Research has even shown that an injectable form of licorice extract may help in the treatment of hepatitis C.

 

  1. Antioxidant Properties

 

Licorice contains natural plant flavonoids with potent antioxidant properties. Research suggests antioxidants in licorice may have a protective effect against chronic diseases caused by free radicals.

 

  1. Weight Loss

 

A supplement containing licorice oil has been found to help reduce body weight in overweight people by reducing total body fat. The antioxidant-rich oil appears to increase energy expenditure as well as inhibit lipogenesis (the formation of fat).

 

  1. Natural Laxative Properties

 

If you struggle with constipation, licorice’s natural laxative effect may be of interest to you. This root promotes peristalsis (the regular, contracting action of the colon that moves fecal matter through) and coats your stomach and intestine to promote elimination without the jittery feeling commonly associated with over-the-counter laxatives.

 

Also watch this Video HERE to learn about the benefits of licorice root.

 

A Warning About Consuming Too Much Licorice …

Even though it’s completely natural, consuming too much licorice root (more than 20 grams/day) may raise your levels of a hormone called aldosterone, which can cause high blood pressure, headaches, heart problems and other serious side effects, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. If you have a history of high blood pressure or kidney disease, you should be particularly careful with licorice root, as it may cause side effects in doses as little as 5 grams/day.

A Gentle Form of Licorice PLUS …

 

A safe and effective dose of licorice root (25 mg) is available in Natural Cleanse, which is formulated to gently release and flush impacted fecal matter and other toxic build-up from your body while at the same time revitalizing and tonifying your colon.

 

When you use Natural Cleanse for 30 days, you get the beneficial effects of licorice root combined with other herbal remedies like buckthorn bark, milk thistle, ginger root and a proprietary probiotic blend.

 

You get the digestive and laxative benefits of natural licorice root in a formula that combines centuries of traditional healing wisdom to soothe inflammation of your GI tract, cleanse toxins, bacteria and parasites from your system and replenish good bacteria helping to rebalance your vital gut microflora.

 

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Which Are Absolutely Best Ways for Treating Acid Reflux?

 

Which Are Absolutely Best Ways for Treating Acid Reflux? Acid reflux (which, when chronic, is referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)) occurs when food or liquid from your stomach travels back into your esophagus, causing heartburn, regurgitation, burping and stomach pain. Here are 10 best ways for treating acid reflux fast.
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Acid reflux (which, when chronic, is referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)) occurs when food or liquid from your stomach travels back into your esophagus, causing heartburn, regurgitation, burping and stomach pain.

 

But more than just discomfort, the chronic surge of stomach acid in your esophagus can lead to scarring, which can trap bits of food, and may also increase your risk of esophageal cancer. Bleeding and breathing problems can also occur.

 

Acid reflux is incredibly common, impacting up to 40 percent of Americans, and its incidence is on the rise. One study found that the number of people suffering from acid reflux rose by 30 percent from 1995 to 2009, and those suffering from GERD symptoms at least weekly increased by 47 percent. Anyone can suffer from acid reflux, but certain conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, asthma and pregnancy, can increase the risk.

 

Conventional treatment to stop acid reflux usually involves antacids to neutralize stomach acids or medications that reduce acid production, both of which can lead to side effects such as problems with digestion, increased risk of infections and interference with nutrient absorption.

 

Fortunately, there are some natural remedies that offer the best ways for treating acid reflux which can often provide relief for your symptoms without any risk of side effects.

 

10 Best Ways for Treating Acid Reflux Naturally

 

  1. Eat Less at Each Sitting

 

Overeating can overload your stomach and make acid reflux worse. Instead of eating three meals a day, split your food up into five or six smaller meals.

 

  1. Elevate the Head of Your Bed

 

If you experience reflux at night, elevating the head of your bed can help significantly. Wedges are available at medical supply stores to do this, or you can also try putting cement blocks under the feet at the head of your bed.

 

  1. Sleep on Your Left Side

 

Research from Stanford University shows that this is the best position for reducing reflux symptoms. Sleeping on your right side makes it worse, and sleeping on your stomach is the worst choice of all.

 

  1. Cut Back on Carbs

 

Obese people who ate a very low-carb diet (less than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day) experienced significant improvements in acidity and reflux symptoms.

 

  1. Wear Loose Clothing

 

Clothing or belts that fit tightly around your waist add pressure to your stomach and the esophageal sphincter muscle, which can make acid reflux worse.

 

  1. Stay Upright After Meals

 

This will help keep stomach acid in your stomach, not your esophagus. Generally, try to wait at least three hours after a meal before lying down.

 

  1. Try a Melatonin Supplement

 

Melatonin helps protect the gastrointestinal mucosa from oxidative damage caused by free radicals, and has been found to improve reflux symptoms.

 

  1. Avoid Smoking

 

Smoking interferes with the esophageal sphincter muscle’s function, causing it to relax and increasing your risk of reflux.

 

  1. Maintain Your Ideal Weight

 

If you’re overweight, you’re adding extra pressure to your stomach, which can make acid reflux more likely. Losing weight can often put an end to your reflux symptoms.

 

  1. Cleanse Your Colon With Natural Cleanse

 

Acid reflux is often a sign of poor digestive function, and while many (wrongly) believe this is just a normal part of life as you get older, it’s often related to a clogged colon. This causes your gastrointestinal (GI) tract to become inflamed and compromises your digestive function.

 

Developed by LivingWell Nutraceuticals using the very latest research and clinical studies in digestive health, Natural Cleanse is a uniquely powerful yet soothing 30-day cleanse that has been formulated to gently release and flush impacted fecal matter from your colon, restoring the delicate balance of your GI tract and helping your bowels to function normally.

 

After completing a 30-day program with Natural Cleanse, acid reflux is often reduced, and many experience weight loss as well, which can further reduce your symptoms.

 

This completely natural formula contains herbal remedies like licorice root, which helps reduce the severity of acid reflux, along with a blend of essential probiotics to rebalance your vital gut microflora.

 

If you want to stop acid reflux and haven’t addressed your clogged colon, this could be the road to the relief you’ve been searching for.

 

You may want to watch this Video HERE from Dr. Patti Kim who discusses about the best ways for treating acid reflux naturally.

 

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Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click HERE to learn more

Natural Treatments for Herpes

 

Natural Treatments for Herpes -  Prevention is best, of course it is. A barrier (condom) will help stop the transmission of herpes; but what if you already have the condition it's a little late then. So, are there any natural treatments for herpes, can you stop herpes outbreaks. Read on.
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Did you know that 50 to 80 percent of adults in the United Sates carry oral herpes?  On top of that, 20 percent have genital herpes and don’t even know it.  Oral herpes form cold sores or fever blisters while genital herpes appears as genital sores or on the waist.

 

There are a few ways you can contract herpes.  You can get it by touching the skin of someone who has herpes, by kissing someone with herpes or with oral sex or intercourse.  You might not see any sores or other signs, but if you start itching or experience other skin sensations chances are you have it.

 

You might experience painful itching, or a burning sensation.  You could, experience flu-like symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches and fever.  If you are infected, there are steps you can take to minimize the virus’ effects.

 

Here are some natural treatments for herpes that can keep the virus at bay and speed up the healing process.

 

Natural Treatments for Herpes

 

Baking Soda:

 

Bi-carbonate soda relieves inflammation, itching and burning.  It also dries up the sores in order to minimize the affected area. Take a tissue or a cotton ball coated in baking soda and apply to the sore.

 

After one use, the cotton ball or tissue should be thrown out, as it will be infected.  Only use a clean, unused tissue or cotton ball for each application.

 

Cornstarch:

 

Cornstarch will dry excessive moisture in the area and stop the itching sensations.  It works the same way as baking soda.

 

Black Tea:

 

Camellia sinenis (black tea) has a high level of tannins which combats antiviral effects and anti inflammatories. Brew a tea bag and let it cool.

 

Apply to the affected area for approximately 5 minutes.  Repeat this process 3 times a day, you should try this as soon as you notice signs of herpes. Use only black teas, herbal teas will not work.

 

Ice Packs:

 

Apply an ice pack to cold sores to soothe the area and cause a level of numbness.  The cold temperature will help inhibit the virus.  Wrap the ice in a cloth or towel and leave on until you experience numbness and the inflammation comes down.

 

Aloe Vera:

 

It will relieve itching and soothe inflammation.  It also works really well on scabs that are left behind and relieve tender areas that develop after the sore is gone.

 

Remove the thorny areas of the plant and then cut into chunks around 2 to 5 inches in length.  Place in your refrigerator or freezer for one hour.  The coolness is soothing to red spots and inflamed areas.

 

Do’s and Don’ts:

 

Stay away from diet sodas, sweeteners and other diet products that have the ingredient aspartame.  This ingredient is known to set off an inflammation.

 

Avoid wheat germ, chocolate, coconut, peanuts, whole wheat and soybeans, to name a few. Check with your doctor for more items you should stay away from.

 

Increase your intake of fish, beef, chicken, cheese brewer’s yeast and milk.  Also eat fruits and vegetables, your doctor should be able to give you a list of foods you should consume.

 

Stress can cause outbreaks so concentrate on various therapies that will alleviate stress, such as yoga or meditation.

 

As scary as herpes might seem, if you have contracted it, you will want to treat it as soon as possible.  This virus does weaken the immune system and therefore it must be checked constantly.

 

Some people will not experience any of the symptoms where others will.  Not knowing you have herpes is actually quite common; the problem is that if you do have it, you can pass it on to others without even knowing it.

 

Using the above natural treatments for herpes will help you through outbreaks and are harmless to your health.  If you would rather stop outbreaks from developing in the first place, please read our home page

 

You can also watch a Video HERE on other natural treatments for herpes

 

Sarah Wilcox (an ex-HSV2 sufferer) is the originator and author of Get Rid of Herpes which details a unique method of actually killing viral pathogens responsible for the herpes virus as well as a quick and natural method for healing blisters.

 

This method works for both men and women. It is suitable for use against Genital Herpes, Oral Herpes, Herpes Type 1 and Herpes Type 2.

 

She will share with you how to accomplish this permanent relief from out breaks without any drugs whatsoever and (that includes supplements and herbs formulation).

 

For more details, visit her website at Natural Treatments for Herpes , where she will show you exactly how to treat your own condition at home regardless of how severe your herpes is right now.