Written By Admin
Monday, November 28, 2016
Home Remedies for Heartburn
There’s a great reason we’re talking about this today. We did a bad, bad thing tonight and ordered Dominoes.
The woman in the story above? Yeah. That’s me. (Especially with the long raven hair and delicate fingers. Did I mention the Badgley Mishka gown? It’s sapphire. And made of sparkling silk strands woven by elves.)
Anyway, heartburn and Dominoes goes hand in hand. As does heartburn and beer. Or, if you’re me, heartburn and anything with lactose. (And, yes, I’d rather suffer heartburn than give up cheese. Life without cheese is dire, indeed.)
I’ve done a LOT of homework on heartburn remedies.
By that, I mean I’ve tried everything under the sun. Three times. Even if it killed me.
If you ever suffer from occasional heartburn (remember, recurrent or severe heartburn could indicate a big bad health problem, so don’t forget to clue your physician in on it), here are some of my very favorite remedies for it.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn Relief
Yep. Vinegar. In fact, this is my absolute number 1, no-fail remedy for my own personal brand of hell heartburn. Seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? After all, heartburn-or acid reflux-is caused by acid. And vinegar IS acidic.
But the theory is that heartburn is actually triggered by too LITTLE acid in the stomach, so the esophageal sphincter doesn’t close properly, as it doesn’t sense enough digestive acids to do so. By adding ACV, you’re telling your body to go ahead and close that puppy off, so it’ll stop sending things back up the pipe that’s supposed to be closed (until you eat dessert).
Here’s How You Do It: To quell a particularly nasty case of heartburn, put 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. It’s not the tastiest thing in the world, so either drink it as quickly as you can, or add a teaspoon or two of honey to help calm the taste. I just chug, to get it over with.
Here’s the caveat: It will probably burn like holy heck for about a minute. (Sometimes I’ll have a quick seat on the floor, it hurts so much.) As soon as the inintial burning is over, though, so is my heartburn.
Bam. Gone. Just like that.
Maintenance dose: I’ve heard several tales of people taking apple cider vinegar on a regular basis to keep recurrent heartburn at bay. Alternatively, you could take it every day for a week, and then stop for a while. Depends on what your issues are like. But the “recommended” dose is 2 tsp in 16 oz of water daily. There’s a slight bit of concern that drinking too much ACV too often could wear down tooth enamel, so if that concerns you, sip it through a straw.
Baking Soda and Acid Reflux
Second on my list of favorite heartburn remedies is baking soda, which makes a heckuva lot more sense. Baking soda neutralizes the acids, calming the stomach lining. The only issue I have with it is …
Remember your junior high science fair? Remember what half the experiments were? Volcanoes, right? With baking soda and vinegar.
Putting baking soda on top of the acid in your stomach can often cause … eruptions. (Or just mild belching, whatever.) But it may completely calm the burning in your stomach. Just remember: If the issue is that your stomach is actually not making enough acid (thereby not signaling the esophagus to close back up), baking soda will not help in the long run. Just like Tums (which we’ll talk about in a bit), it will mask the symptoms enough to make you feel okay. But it’s not a long-term solution.
Here’s How You Do It: Put 1/2 tsp into a cup of water and stir until dissolved. Drink slowly. way.
Marshmallow Root and/or Ginger
One of the last remedies I have used with some success is marshmallow root and ginger tea. Marshmallow root isn’t all that easy to find, unless you have a wonderful store that sells herbs in bulk, but it’s worth it if you can find it.
Here’s How You Do It: Boil water for tea. Add 2 tsp of marshmallow root to a tea ball or other strainer. Cut off two dime-sized pieces of fresh, peeled ginger. Place marshmallow root and ginger in a tea cup and pour the hot water over it. Steep for 5 minutes. Add honey to taste. Sip and contemplate life.