Our third tip is to elevate your upper body, lying down can make heartburn worse when it comes to time for bed, adjust your sleeping surface to raise your upper body, according to the Mayo Clinic, lifting your head with extra pillows isn’t usually enough, instead the goal is to elevate your body from the waist up, if you have an adjustable bed, set it at a suitable angle to provide relief, if your bed isn’t adjustable, you can change the angle of your sleeping surface by using a wedge pillow. Our fourth tip is to mix baking soda with water, you might have a heartburn remedy at hand in your kitchen without even knowing it, baking soda can calm some episodes of heartburn by neutralizing your stomach acid, to do this, dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it slowly, in fact you should drink everything slowly when you have heartburn. Fifth tip is to try ginger, ginger has been used as a folk remedy for heartburn for centuries, ginger can help relieve nausea so some believe it may be worth trying for heartburn too, consider adding grated or diced ginger root to your favorite stir-fry recipes soups and other foods to make ginger tea, steep Raj injure root, dry ginger root or ginger tea bags in boiling water, it’s probably best to avoid ginger ale, though carbonated beverages are a common heartburn trigger and most brands of ginger ale are made with artificial flavoring rather than the real thing. Our sixth step is to take licorice supplements, licorice root is another folk remedy that’s been used to treat heartburn, it’s believed that it might help increase the mucus coating of your esophagus which may protect your esophagus from damage caused by stomach acid, d glycyrrhizin ated licorice or d GL is a supplement that contains licorice that’s been processed to remove much of its glycyrrhizin, a compound that can cause adverse side effects, eating too much licorice or DGL may raise your blood pressure, lower your potassium levels and interfere with certain medications, always talk to your doctor before taking licorice or DGL supplements.
Another tip is to sip apple cider vinegar, apple cider vinegar is another home remedy that some people use to treat heartburn believing that it may neutralize stomach acid, one researcher suggested that drinking diluted apple cider vinegar after a meal may help alleviate heartburn for some people, however these effects didn’t reach the level of statistical significance so more research is needed, if you decide to try this remedy, dilute the apple cider vinegar with water and drink it after your meal.
Our 8th tip is to 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 esophagus.
Final tip is to avoid cigarette smoke, you probably already know that smoking is bad for your health but did you know that smoking can contribute to heartburn? if you’re a smoker and you get an attack of heartburn, don’t light up, smoking might be a go to coping strategy when you’re uncomfortable but it’s not going to make that burning feeling go away so that sums up our top tips for curing heartburn.
There are a few simple tricks to avoid heartburn, so you don’t have to suffer the discomfort. They include;
1. Eat more fiber
Eating fiber-rich foods helps prevent heartburn in a couple of different ways. Fiber improves gastric motility, meaning your food moves more quickly through your digestive tract. When you do not eat enough fiber, your food spends more time in your stomach and more acid is produced. This is known as delayed gastric emptying. Fiber may also absorb acid and help you feel fuller sooner, so you don’t overeat. Foods that are high in fiber include whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits.
2. Eat smaller meals
Large meals put pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES closes off your esophagus where it enters your stomach. When there is additional pressure on it, acid can leak up into your esophagus. Small meals prevent this from happening. It’s even better if the smaller meals contain a lot of fiber.
3. Don’t lay down right after a meal
Your stomach contains the most acid right after you eat. By sitting upright or standing, gravity works in your favor to keep acid out of your esophagus. While it is tempting to take a nap or go to bed right after a late-night meal, doing so will often lead to heartburn. When you are lying down, there is more pressure on your LES combined with additional acid in the stomach.
4. Avoid foods and drinks that cause heartburn
There are several foods that are known to cause heartburn. The main culprits are chocolate, peppermint, fatty foods, spicy foods, garlic, and onions. Also, acidic foods and drinks like tomatoes, citrus fruit, and citrus juices can lead to heartburn. Coffee and sodas can relax the LES and allow more acid to leak into the esophagus. Alcohol can cause heartburn, too. Avoiding these foods and drinks is helpful in preventing heartburn.
5. Sleep on your left side
Sleeping on your left side can help you avoid heartburn, especially if you do need to nap or go to sleep after a meal. Because of the way the stomach is shaped, lying on the left lets gravity do the work of keeping acid out of your esophagus. Another option is to elevate the head of your bed so that you sleep on an incline.