Every person will go through the throes of a heartburn at some point in their life. A heartburn is a difficult sensation which creeps up right behind the breastbone and lurks just above the throat. It is usually caused by acid reflux which occurs when the strand of muscle responsible for allowing food into the stomach contracts when it shouldn't. Here's how to avoid it.
Using a spoonful of baking soda
A single spoonful of sodium bicarbonate can easily put an end to the burning sensation of a heartburn. Baking soda has a pH slightly higher than 7 which helps to neutralize stomach acid, eliminating it before the acid comes to your throat.
Using aloe vera juice
Aloe vera is a plant species can be used to calm the burns. It has a multitude of uses which includes helping with sunburn, inflammation and of course, getting rid of heartburns. Prepare a drink of aloe vera juice and slowly gulp it down.
Using chew gum
If you're going through a chronic heartburn, you should try chewing on sugar free gum for about 30 minutes after a meal. This is because chewing gum stimulates the flow of saliva which helps to neutralize the acid.
Choosing a more appropriate sleeping position
The way you sleep really matters. According to physicians, it is best to sleep on your left said because it helps with digestion. If you're able to keep your upper body elevated, that also prevents stomach acid from flowing up the esophagus.
What you eat matters
There is a long list of offenders which can trigger a heartburn. This includes oranges, coffee, tomato, alcohol, chocolate, garlic and spicy foods. All junk food contains enough acidity to cause a heartburn. The quality of products you eat is important.
Ingest even more acid?
Although it might sound like an oxymoron to you but it helps to ingest more acid during a heartburn. Put simply, acid reflux occurs because you don't have enough acid in your stomach. If the body doesn't produce enough acid the esophagus sphincter becomes loose.
Bananas are touted as the best fruit to deal with constipation. But did you know that it can also be used to cure heartburns? This is because bananas contain antacids which work against acid reflux. Try eating one banana every day.
Eat more apples
In the case of a heartburn, an apple a day does indeed keep the doctor away. If you make a habit of eating an apple right after a meal or before bedtime, the acidity will be neutralized.
Make some gingerroot tea
Gingerroot has a lot of uses, from curing nausea to addressing uncomfortable heartburns. Sip from a fresh cup of gingerroot tea approximately 20 minutes before eating a heavy meal so that it can act as an acid buffer.
There is a link between heartburn and your choice of clothing
Although it can is extremely tempting to wear tight fitting clothes, especially if you sport an athletic body, they make your acid problem worse than it already is. For instance your super tight jeans is going to choke the abdominal region, increasing the likelihood of stomach burn.
Smoking and alcohol in cahoots
Smoking and alcohol is a heartburn just waiting to happen. The combination is definitely going to set you up for a terrible reflux. This is because both nicotine and alcohol work to weaken the lower esophagus sphincter.
Keeping a healthy weight
It has been statistically shown that overweight people are at an increased risk of GERD and suffer from occasion heartburns every now and then. This is because all those extra pounds put a lot of stress on your esophageal sphincter.
Mustard has a very high pH value and is packed with useful minerals. It is best utilized by consuming it without any additives. It can be difficult to swallow, but the results are well worth the effort.
Eating some almonds
Make a habit of eating almonds whenever you've done ingesting some food. It is better if you're able to get your hands on some organic almonds which are better at neutralizing the acid juices in the stomach.
A warm cup of chamomile
It also helps immensely to drink a cup of chamomile tea at least one hour before going to sleep. Chamomile tea can help to reduce inflammation and neutralize acidity in the stomach which is responsible for triggering your heartburn.
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