Friday, February 10, 2017

50 home remedies to relieve heartburn without medications

Heartburn is something that most of us will experience at least once in awhile. It's that uncomfortable burning sensation right in the middle of the chest that's caused when acid from your stomach goes back up your esophagus. If that's not bad enough, it's even worse when you throat starts to burn and you can almost taste the acid. Yuck! Unfortunately my husband gets it a lot! He's tried everything over the years. Antacids, different prescriptions, changing his diet etc etc. Some help for awhile, but they all end up failing eventually. It's been getting worse over the last 4 or 5 years so we've turned to natural cures to help. Luckily there are so many home remedies for heartburn! I've found over 50 different ways to relieve heartburn without medications. Hopefully some of these will work for you too!

how to get rid of heartburn

He's tried everything from sleeping on his left side to eating mustard off a spoon. (ewww) Some of these home remedies have worked really well and others not at all. However, all of these ideas were either found in a health publication, recommended by the doctor or volunteered by some one who said it worked for them. As with any natural remedy...your results may vary! Some of them are so simple though that they're definitely worth a try.

    Herbs, spices and teas:  
1) Peppermint tea 
2) Parsley tea
3) Ginger tea  
4) Green tea    
5) Fennel seed tea
6) Chamomile tea      
7) Lemongrass tea 
8) Slippery elm extract
9) Turmeric 
10) Probiotics capsules
11) Papaya tablets
12) Magnesium supplements
13) Stop eating white table salt. Use Himalayan sea salt instead
14) Kombucha
15) Keifer
16) Buttermilk    
17) Aloe Vera juice 
18) Activated charcoal
19) Apple Cider Vinegar with 'the mother'. I Tbs ACV in a glass of water
20) 1 teaspoon baking soda in 8 oz water

    These might sound weird but they actually work:
21) Yellow mustard. Eat a spoon of it, plain. 
22) Lemon juice, 1 Tbsp mixed in a glass of water
23) Lime juice, 2 tsp in a glass of water
24) Sip pickle juice.
 
     Try eating these:
25) A plain piece of bread 
26) An apple  
27) A banana 
28) Asparagus
29) A rib or two of celery
30) A half of a cucumber
31) Chunk of raw potato, peeled
32) Spoon of local honey
33) A big spoonful of sauerkraut
34) 4 Almonds
35) Cashews
36) Marshmallows 
37) Candied ginger
38) Peppermint candy

    Beverages that may help: 
39) Coconut water
40) Club soda
41) Ginger ale (has to have real ginger in it)
42) Pineapple juice
43) Fresh lemonade
44) Tonic water
45) Papaya juice
46) Cranberry juice
47) Apple juice

    What the Dr Advised:
48) Chewing mint gum (sugar free) after a meal
49) Sleeping on your left side
50) Cut out trigger foods, alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.

Obviously there's a lot you can do to control heartburn naturally. The contents of your stomach are supposed to be acidic, which is why antacids are not really a solution. Acid reflux is often caused by too little acid, not too much. This explains why things like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar sound like they would make it worse, but they actually make it better. The great part about this list is that many of these items are in your home right now or easily accessible when you're out. They're also fairly common dietary items (mostly) so they shouldn't cause a problem if they don't happen to work for you. Many of them did work for us though, so it's worth a shot.

~L
I am not a Dr. nor have I had any formal medical training. I am simply passing along information I have collected and practices that have worked for us. Do your own research before adding anything new to your diet. Wed Md has an excellent page on heartburn to start. As always, consult a Dr for medical issues and don't believe everything you read on the internet ;-) 
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8 comments:

  1. Very Useful post, all natural too. Thanks for Joining the Bloggers Pit Stop

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  2. I swear by Peppermint for heartburn, which is kind of weird because you'd think it would have the opposite effect. Thanks for this list. (I have heartburn way more than I'd like to!) #happynowlinkup

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    1. Me too! I have a bag of soft peppermint sticks I get from dollar tree that I just love for when I can feel heartburn starting.. Works like a charm!

      ~L

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  3. Thanks so much Lisa fir these. My hubby also suffers from heartburn and natural is always better in my opinion. Thanks again

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  4. While I know that it doesn't really help in the long term, the only thing that helped my pregnancy heartburn was drinking milk over ice. Totally weird, right? I wish I would have known about some of these then, I might have asked my doctor if I could try them! Thanks for joining us at the #happynowlinkup!

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    1. That is weird, but it's great that you figured it out and didn't have to take extra medications while pregnant!

      ~L

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  5. I wish I'd seen this a year ago! The heartburn when I was pregnant was NO JOKE. Never had it before in my life! Haven't had it since (thank goodness!) Thanks for sharing with the Homestead Blog Hop!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas! I don't get heartburn often, but when I do, I just want it to be gone! I'm pinning to save and share. Have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your post with us at Brag About It!
    ~Laurie

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