Heartburn occurs when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus and causes burning, tingling or pain in the esophagus and throat.
While heartburn is a fairly common side effect of eating foods that are too spicy or fatty and drinking alcohol it can also be a side effect of different health conditions including hernias or complications with your digestive system. If you experience heartburn frequently and believe it’s related primarily to your diet it’s time to make some beneficial changes for your health and to see what alternative medicine has to offer. The physicians and doctors at FirstCare in Highland are familiar with various treatments for heartburn.
Take the time to do a through evaluation of your diet. Food is the best medicine for our bodies so make sure you’re eating a diet high in fruits, whole grains, protein and vegetables and low in sugar, fat, caffeine and alcohol. Those changes alone will help you see a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of your heartburn. If you still need a short-term cure and immediate relief without resorting to medications try any one of the following natural remedies.
1) Baking soda: Dissolve 3/4 a teaspoon of baking soda in 4 oz of cold water and drink it. The flavor is chalky but not unpleasant and the relief will be immediate!
2) Mustard: Mustard naturally reduces acid due to its strong alkalizing properties. Choose a good-quality yellow mustard and take one spoonful to reduce painful heartburn.
3) Gingerroot or chamomile tea: The trick with these teas is to drink them before you’re experiencing heartburn. Having them in your stomach calms the acid and prevents the heartburn from beginning. To make gingerroot tea simply boil 1/2 cup of chopped gingerroot in 2-3 cups of water and add honey for flavor. Chamomile tea can either be steeped using a quality brand teabag or made loose-leaf style by simmering one teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers in one cup of water and adding lemon for flavor.
Contact us for more tips on healthy living, improving your diet and finding a greater level of health. We look forward to assisting you!