Experiencing a persistent heartburn can be very annoying . And although over-the-counter meds are often effective, home remedies might save you the trip to the pharmacy.
Whether you’ve overindulged in a spicy dish or a feast of fatty foods, these 4 natural remedies could help soothe heartburn and put your belly at ease.
#1 Chewing gum
In a small study from the Journal of Dental Research, people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms experienced heartburn relief when they chewed a piece of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal. Chewing gum stimulates the salivary flow rate. Any acid that accumulates in the gut is washed away and cleared more quickly. The clearance of acid will improve GERD symptoms.
#2 Baking soda
Old wives’ tales will tell you the best way to beat heartburn is with a little sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).
Mix between 1/2 and 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water. But avoid making baking soda your go-to remedy if you regularly have heartburn—it is high in salt and could cause side effects like swelling and nausea.
Although research is limited, licorice could ease heartburn and get to the source of the problem.
The contents of your stomach are supposed to be acidic…which is why antacids are not the solution. Licorice has natural stomach healing properties. Eating a lot of licorice, however, can also have serious side effects like high blood pressure, so look for DGL licorice. (It does not contain the potentially dangerous glycyrrhizic acid.)
Aloe, a plant usually used to soothe burns and could do the same thing for stomachs.
Aloe vera juice reduces inflammation so “it quiets down any inflammation that is in the esophagus as well as the stomach.
Drink 1/2 cup before meals.