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Best Natural Cures for Heartburn

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 12:01 AM

Heartburn is the common name for a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease. It occurs when the acidic juices of the stomach reflux or move backwards up the esophagus causing a severe burning sensation or pain behind the breastbone and upwards towards the neck. Since many people report that prescribed antacids cause additional side effects, they prefer to find relief from heartburn using natural remedies and cures.
 
If you have been on antacids, H2 blockers, or proton pump inhibitors and found them ineffective or if you would rather find a natural cure, consider the following:
 
Licorice: This natural cure is believed to relieve inflammation, inhibit the growth of harmful stomach bacteria, and help improve ulcers.
 
Aloe vera juice: Juice of the aloe vera plant is among remedies known to soothe an irritated upper GI tract. However, aloe vera juice as a natural cure should not be extracted directly from the plant as certain compounds from the raw plant extract have a laxative action.
 
Chewing gum: This is among remedies that increase production of saliva, which counteracts the acidity caused by heartburn.
 
Baking soda: Among popular remedies, a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in eight ounces of water can neutralize acidity and relieve heartburn.
 
Bananas: Bananas act as a natural antacid in the body.
 
Apple cider vinegar: Among popular remedies for natural cure of heartburn, apple cider vinegar is now available in tablet, capsule, or liquid forms.
 
Chamomile tea: This is among natural remedies known to be effective against both acidity and stress.
 
Ginger: Cooked, eaten raw, or consumed as ginger tea, ginger is another well-known natural cure for heartburn.
 
Other natural remedies and cures to prevent heartburn:
 
Avoid citrus fruits, chocolate, peppermint, excessive alcohol, coffee and caffeinated beverages, colas and carbonated beverages and tomato and tomato-based products, and fatty or spicy foods – all of these cause acidity and heartburn.
 
Smaller frequent meals are recommended as larger meals put pressure on the esophageal sphincter or opening.
 
Not retiring to bed immediately after a meal is also a good idea as gravity can reduce pressure on the opening of the esophagus, thus preempting reflux.
 
Elevating the head of the bed or propping yourself up on a few pillows while sleeping will ensure that gravity reduces pressure on the esophageal opening.
 
Quit smoking.
 
The efficacy of many natural remedies has not been tested through clinical trials. It is advisable to consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any natural cure for heartburn.

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Heartburn is among the most common gastrointestinal ailments. It affects an estimated one-fifth of the U.S. population on a weekly basis. Many natural cures and remedies are available that can make living with heartburn easier.
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