Natural Heartburn Remedies
Heartburn is not only painful, if you suffer regularly, it can disrupt your sleep and your life. If taking over the counter or prescription medicine all day long doesnt sound like the greatest idea, there are tons of natural remedies out there for you to try. They range from herbal pills and tea, to simple foods most people have in their house. Here are just a few ideas to cure your heartburn naturally.
Mustard. You read right. The same thing you put on the hotdog that causes your heartburn can also be used to stop it. Just take a small amount (about half a teaspoon) when you experience symptoms. Grey and yellow mustards both work, so you can choose your favorite brand.
Aloe Vera. While its normally found as an ingredient in lotions and burn creams, you can also find it in juice or pill form. Aloe Vera is a great way to prevent heartburn before it starts. Just take capsules or drink half a cup of the juice twice a day to protect your esophagus from damage.
Licorice. The herb, not the candy, (sorry!) Look for deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL. It eases inflammation, and coats and protects your esophagus. Its even used to treat ulcers, but works great on heartburn and acid reflux as well.
Slippery Elm. Like many other treatments mentioned here, slippery elm cannot only treat heartburn, it also helps with other digestive problems. The best part is, its available in a powder, a tea, and even lozenges.
L-Glutamine. This is a natural amino acid that can help ease your heartburn symptoms. You can take a supplement, or simply get more glutamine naturally in your diet. You can find it in foods like: beans, red meat, nuts, and fish. You should take it as a preventative measure between meals instead of waiting till youre in pain.
Marshmallow. Again, the herb, not the candy. Marshmallow root can be brewed into a tea and drank three times a day to prevent symptoms. Like the other natural cures, this coats the esophagus to help aid digestion and ease heartburn pain.
Apple. Instead of taking pills or herbs the next time you have heartburn, why not eat a few apple slices. This will ease your heartburn after just a few bites. Its also a great, safe cure if youre pregnant.
Yogurt. The live cultures in yogurt have often been touted for helping digestion. By aiding digestion, yogurt can also ease heartburn symptoms. If you dont eat yogurt, you can get pills with the same good bacteria that work just as well.
Remember that just because a medicine is natural doesnt mean its safe. You should consult your doctor before starting any kind of treatment, natural or otherwise (although, you probably already know if you can safely eat mustard, yogurt, and apples).
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