HEARTBURN AND ACIDITY.
Heartburn of any nature at your work environment or at your home can be quite frustrating. But there is another type of heartburn, which is nothing but Acidity in the stomach.
Heartburn and acidity is the something that miserable experience in their lifetime. It is characterized by comfortable burning sensation right behind the breastbone, then often time’s creeps up to the throat and is a symptom more than the disease.
It is caused by acid reflux. Which are caused when the sphincter muscles that allow food into your stomach relax. The result is the acid from your stomach goes back up to your esophagus which then causes the sensation of heartburn.
Causes for Heartburn or Acidity:
Spicy and oily foods
Irregular eating habits
Intake of caffeinated, carbonated and alcoholic beverages.
Stress and anxiety,
Lack of exercise,
Home Remedies for Heartburn or Acidity
1. Baking soda:
A spoonful of sodium bicarbonate can help to put an end to gnawing, burning sensation of heart. Sodium bicarbonate is more commonly known as Baking soda. This can help your reflux and in turn, help your heartburn because it is a base substance. It has PH higher than 7.0 and therefore neutralizes stomach acid.
Preparation: Mix either ½ or 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water then stir the water. Drink all of the mixtures. You can repeat this as needed but shouldn’t exceed seven teaspoon doses in a 24 hours period. Avoid using this as a remedy for more than a week straight. As it is high in salt and can have side effects, such as swelling and nausea.
2. Chin Up (don’t Lie Down):
Heartburn tends to get worse at night, thanks to the fact that you are lying down when you sleep. Gravity works against you, and it’s easier for the digested contents of your stomach to back up into your esophagus, along with acid. Try elevating your head about 6 inches when you sleep by placing bricks, books, or blocks at the head of your bed. You could also try a wedge-shaped pillow under your mattress, but don’t simply pile up extra pillows. As it’s easy to slip off of them at night. Don’t lie down within 2-3 hours after eating. Because lying down with a full stomach makes stomach contents press harder against your lower esophageal sphincter.
3. Avoid tight-fitting Clothes:
Things clinched tightly about your waist or middle can worsen heartburn. If you have super tight jeans on, when you sit down, the waistband is going to sink into your abdomen region. Same goes for tight belts and even shirts can be a problem for some.
This is because all of the above puts extra pressure on your lower oesophageal-sphincter. Which make it more likely stomach contents, will push through and you will experience reflux.
4. Eat A Banana or An Apple:
Bananas contain natural antacids, which can act as a buffer against acid reflux. If you want to try out the simplest home remedies for heartburn first, try letting a few bananas ripen up nicely and eating one every day. Another option is to try an apple a day. Slice one up and eat it a couple of hours before bedtime to relieve or prevent discomfort.
5. Make Ginger Root Tea:
Gingerroot can help ease up a number of stomach woes, from nausea to acid reflux. Sipping a cup of fresh tea about 20 minutes before a meal, can help calm down your tummy and act as an acid buffer.
Slice up 3 quarter sized pieces of gingerroot and simmer gently in 2 cups of water, cover it for 30 minutes. Remove the ginger pieces or leave them in, pour into a glass and drink all of it about 20 minutes before a meal.
Almonds are good for relieving heartburn and acidity. Eat several almonds when the symptom persists. Works wonder!
Quick Tips for Acidity:
Don’t drink water during or immediately after a meal.
Chew a clove after meals.
Chilled milk, plain yogurt, and ice cream are also good for relieving digestive disorders.
These are some of the home remedies for heartburn and acidity.