The word “heart burn” is very frightening but it is not that your heart is on fire! Heart burn is also called “acid reflux”. It is the burning sensation between the stomach and the neck and also sour acidic taste in the mouth that is caused when your stomach escapes acid in your esophagus (Food tube). There are many medical treatments for heart burn but several home remedies can also fight against it.
1) Eat bananas:
Bananas are nutritious snacks and act as natural antacid. Bananas help in producing a protective layer of mucus by stomach that provides an additional benefit to the people having heart burn.
2) Chewing gum:
Eating chewing gum after a meal has many advantages. People experienced relief from heart burn by chewing sugar-free piece of gum for 30 minutes after a meal as salivary production is stimulated. Any acid present in the gut is cleared and washed which improves reflux disease.
3) Baking soda:
The best way to treat heart burn is baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). It neutralizes the acid in stomach. Mix ½ teaspoon baking soda in 1 glass water. Do not use it regularly especially if you are salt-restricted.
4) Apple cider vinegar:
Mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar in 1 tablespoon honey and 1 cup warm water and take it. It is very helpful in acidity and heartburn.
5) Drink water:
Heart burn can also be a sign of dehydration. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily to stay hydrated. Avoid drinking water during meal time as it can distend the stomach and cause reflux.
Almond is an alkaline-producing dry fruit. Raw almonds are good source of calcium so they can balance your pH.
7) Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera is usually used to soothe burns and provide the same benefits to stomach as well. It reduces inflammation. Drink 2-3 ounce of unprocessed aloe Vera juice daily.
Eating a few spoons of yoghurt after meal can reduce the burning feeling. It is a very old and common remedy. Yoghurt contains probiotics that can neutralize acid in the stomach and esophagus. It helps in killing the bacteria that can cause illness.
Digestive enzymes in papaya soothe the stomach. It aid in digestion and discourage heart burn. You can take it in a variety of ways like canned, dried, fresh or juiced.