Most people experience heartburn from time-to-time. This is commonly known as acid reflux, or more formal as gastroesophageal regurgitation disease. Let’s just stick with heartburn for our purposes. Heartburn occurs when acid from the stomach rises into the esophagus, where it shouldn’t.
The stomach doesn’t have the same protective layer as the esophagus, so people feel a burning sensation. Heartburn is the name given to the sensation. Most medical treatments involve blocking acid production in your stomach. Prescription strength drugs are strong enough to stop all acid production. Some people are concerned about the long-term effects of this treatment. Most people don’t need such severe treatment.
Many times, simple home remedies can solve the problem. The easiest home remedy is to pay more attention how you eat. We all know we can do better. People who suffer from heartburn are often well aware of the foods that cause it. For most people, acidic foods, spicy food and greasy foods are the most common culprits. It is common sense to avoid foods that can cause problems.
It can be difficult to sympathize with someone with heartburn who eats too many pepperoni pizzas and then complains about their digestion. Another thing to watch out for is how much you eat at once. The US has become a country where portions are large. We eat more food than we need, or eat less of what is healthy for us. This not only causes weight problems but also worsens heartburn. Consuming large meals can cause stomach swelling and acid reflux.
Apple cider vinegar is a surprising home remedy that many people swear to. Although it seems strange to use acid to treat acid reflux, I found that this is one of most popular home remedies for heartburn and many people swear to it. This is a recommendation from people who suggest that you drink a tablespoon of unfiltered cider vinegar with a glass water before each meal. An antacid is the most common home remedy.
These home remedies neutralize stomach acid, as the name suggests. There are many herbal home remedies that work as well as more mechanical options such as an acid reflux wedge cushion. I’ll show you where to find more information about these remedies in a moment but before I do, I want you to be safe. Chest pain should not be mistaken for heartburn or indigestion. Sometimes, even doctors have difficulty determining if chest pain is due to heartburn or indigestion. It is best to see a doctor if you are experiencing chest pain, especially if this is your first time. You can then try home remedies to determine if they work.