How to get rid of heartburn

Six tips to offer quick relief from heartburn without taking medicine.

How to get rid of heartburn

If you experience heartburn, you know the feeling well: a slight hiccup, followed by a burning sensation in your chest and throat.

It may be triggered by the foods you eat, particularly spicy, fatty or acidic foods.

Whatever the cause, heartburn is uncomfortable and inconvenient, but there are things you can do to battle this discomfort without turning to medicine. Here are six tips to try next time you need to get rid of heartburn.

1. Wear loose clothing
Heartburn happens when the contents of your stomach rise up into your oesophagus, where stomach acids can burn the tissue.

In some cases, you might be having an episode of heartburn because tight clothing is compressing your stomach.

If that’s the case, the first thing to do is loosen your belt – or your pants, dress, or whatever else is holding you tight.

2. Stand up straight
Your posture can also contribute to heartburn. If you’re sitting or lying down, try standing up. If you’re already standing, try standing up straighter.

3. Mix baking soda with water
Baking soda can calm heartburn by neutralising your stomach acid. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it slowly.

4. Take some ginger
Ginger has been used to treat heartburn for centuries. Consider adding grated or diced ginger root to your favourite stir-fry recipes, soups, and other foods. To make ginger tea, steep raw ginger root, dried ginger root, or ginger tea bags in boiling water.

5. Chew gum
According to 2014 research, chewing gum for half an hour after meals may also help reduce heartburn. Chewing gum stimulates saliva production and swallowing. This might help dilute and clear stomach acid from your oesophagus.

6. Avoid cigarette smoke
Smoking can contribute to heartburn. Cigarette smoke relaxes the muscle that prevents acid from backing up into the oesophagus. It also may increase how much acid your stomach makes.

Do you have any tips for dealing with heartburn? Which remedies work for you?

Read more at Healthline.


    Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.


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    old frt
    6th Nov 2018
    2 small glasses (less than 100ml)of milk with a table spoon of oat bran stirred in ,about 20 minutes apart will relieve most heartburn / reflux and it does wonders for the other end .
    6th Nov 2018
    "If your already standing try standing straighter." hehe
    So hang from the chandelier?
    6th Nov 2018
    Peppermint capsules available from all chemists work wonders!
    6th Nov 2018
    Just google it, there are many natural remedies available, but the best is prevention, find out why you are getting it in the first place. Eat slowly and chew enough, eat lots of fiber.
    6th Nov 2018
    Giving up gluten and dairy worked wonders for my reflux; but also knowing which foods are regular culprits - citrus, tomatoes, coffee, tea, alcohol. But if you want to indulge a bit and consume those foods, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar works as a great antacid.
    6th Nov 2018
    Use Metamucil, it may work for you too. It is 100% natural.
    Chew gum.
    6th Nov 2018
    I have constant problems with reflux and have consulted a specialist. One of the medications prescribed to empty the stomach more quickly can have nasty impacts on kidneys. I stopped taking that one.
    When the reflux is bad, I slowly drink a glass of milk and it helps me enormously. The specialist didn’t believe milk could help. It helps me.

    7th Nov 2018
    Half a glass of cold milk (say 100ml) resolves it immediately in minutes by neutralising the acid in your stomach (just wait for the burp to announce it's done).

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