It’s such an unpleasant sensation – but one out of three of us will have, would have and has experienced heart burn at some point in their lives.
You know that awful feeling when your food feels like it’s coming back up and your chest is on fire!
Basically, the contents of the food in your tummy is forced back up the oesophagus, which is known as acid reflux.
Rather than reach for over-the-counter medication, which could potentially have unwanted side effects, why not try some good old fashioned home remedies that you may have already in your cupboard.
Best home remedies for calming the burn:
Try half a teaspoon in a small glass of water. Sip slowly and take it at least 3 x per day. This will help to reduce some of the acidity and calm that burning feeling.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Taking a teaspoon in warm water really helps and again, helps to reduce the acid in the stomach. Taking apple cider regularly for general health is a great idea anyway, and as an added bonus can help reduce any symptoms of reflux. Take 2 x per day.
ALOE VERA JUICE
You can take this incredible and versatile remedy externally and internally. It’s amazing for the skin and for reducing stomach irritation and acid. Drink a tablespoon of liquid twice a day and see the results for yourself!
How to avoid heartburn…
Avoid eating late at night as your food needs time to digest before you lay down.
Avoid fried and fatty foods as these can be hard to digest.
Avoid too much sugar as this can ferment in the gut and play havoc with your good bacteria.
Avoid fizzy drinks and caffeine as these all irritate the process of digestion.
Cut down on alcohol – It’s too acidic and can irritate the lining of the stomach causing more heart burn.
Wear loose clothing – tight clothing can out pressure on your digestive system and irritate inflammation.
Most of the time acid indigestion is nothing too serious and can be helped with the correct diet and lifestyle. However, if you experience severe chest pain, blood in your stools or vomit, trouble swallowing, or unexpected weight loss please visit your doctor or health care practitioner.