Are you suffering from heartburn?
Heartburn is caused by acid reflux, reports the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): acid reflux is the regurgitation of partially digested liquids or foods that have mixed with stomach acid. This acidic mix makes its way into your oesophagus and throat where it causes irritation. Anything that increases pressure on your abdomen can push the contents of your stomach up into the oesophagus, including obesity, and pregnancy. Occasional heartburn is nothing to worry about, but frequent heartburn can lead to chronic digestive disorders. How can you find relief? Here are some home remedies for heartburn to try.
One of the smartest home remedies for heartburn is gum, says naturopathic doctor, Olivia Rose. “Chewing gum may help because it stimulates the production of saliva which can help neutralise your stomach acid,” she says. It also aids in the movement of your digestive tract, reducing the risk of stomach contents coming back up, Rose adds. Bear in mind that sugar and sugar-alcohol ingredients in gum can irritate some stomachs.
Drink a glass of water
One of the simplest fixes for heartburn may be the best. Drinking water helps keep food moving in your GI tract; hydration is also key for a well-functioning digestive system, says Rose.