You know the feeling well when you have heartburn: a small hiccup, accompanied by a burning sensation in your chest and throat. The foods you eat, especially spicy, acidic, or fatty foods, may cause this. Or maybe you have GERD, a chronic disease with several possible causes.
Heartburn is painful and unpleasant, no matter what the cause. What should you do when struck with heartburn?
We’ll go over some quick tips and treatments for acid reflux, including:
- Loosening clothes
- elevating your upper body
- trying ginger
- Apple cider vinegar
- chewing gum
- staying away from cigarette smoke
Heartburn occurs as your stomach contents come up into your oesophagus, where stomach acids can burn the tissue.
You may be experiencing an episode of heartburn in some cases, so tight clothes compress the stomach.
If that is the case, loosening your belt — or your trousers, suit, or whatever else keeps you close is the first thing to do.
Lying down can worsen heartburn. Change your sleeping surface and lift your upper body when it is bedtime. Usually raising the head with extra pillows isn’t enough. The target is instead to raise the body from the waist upwards. If you happen to have an adjustable bed, set it to provide comfort at an appropriate angle. If your bed is not flexible, you can use a wedge pillow to shift the angle of your sleeping surface.
Ginger has been utilised for centuries as a natural remedy for heartburn.
Ginger can help relieve nausea so some people think it may also be worth trying for heartburn.
Consider adding ginger root grated or diced to your favourite stir fry recipes, soups, and other foods. To make ginger tea, steep raw root ginger, dried root ginger, or tea bags with ginger in boiling water.
Probably the best way to avoid ginger ale, however. Carbonated beverages are a common trigger for heartburn, and most ginger ale brands are made with artificial flavouring rather than the real thing.
Sipping apple cider vinegar is another home remedy that people use to relieve heartburn, claiming it can neutralise the acid from the stomach. One researcher proposed drinking diluted apple cider vinegar after a meal could help some people relieve heartburn. Ses results did not meet the statistical significance stage; however, so further research is required.
Dilute the apple cider vinegar with sugar, and drink it after your dinner, if you wish to try this solution.
Chewing gum after meals for half an hour can also help to minimise heartburn, according to research done in 2014. The chewing gum induces the production of saliva and the swallowing. This could help dilute and clear the oesophagus from stomach acid.
You will already know smoking is harmful to your health. But did you know smoking will lead to heartburn? If you’re a smoker and have a heartburn attack, don’t light up. Smoking can be a go-to technique for coping when you’re anxious, but it won’t make the burning sensation go away.