If you need heartburn relief, you have come to the right place. In this article I will be revealing a few powerful home heartburn remedies that will give you heartburn relief immediately. Below that, you will find some very effective methods for long-term heartburn relief.
Instant Heartburn Relief
My favorite two home heartburn remedies are chewing gum and taking a teaspoon of vinegar. Why chewing gum and vinegar?
The act of chewing gum promotes saliva release and enhances digestive processes, naturally relieving heartburn. Chewing gum also increases the saliva of pH and the pH of the esophagus, creating a buffer against stomach acid.
Drinking a small amount of vinegar, on the other hand, signals to your brain that a relatively large amount of acid has made it to the top of the throat. This triggers a massive amount saliva release which can help aid digestion.
For citations of these claims and more information on the benefits of chewing gum and vinegar, check out the Heartburn Remedies homepage. There are multiple citations of peer-reviewed studies to back up these claims as well as more information on how these remedies work.
Just remember that with vinegar, one of the most important triggers is vinegar (of which the key component is acetic acid) actually touching the lining of the esophagus and back of the throat. As a result, vinegar pills do not work for heartburn relief. They may even be dangerous as if a vinegar capsule manages to get stuck in the throat or the esophagus, it could cause damage to the sensitive lining. Only drinking vinegar will provide safe and effective heartburn relief.
You can combine these two methods for powerful methods for heartburn relief without needing to resort to antacids.
While antacids can be quite effective and are safe when used occasionally, I find they leave me with “sour stomach” and general nausea, which to me is more uncomfortable than heartburn in the first place!
Long-Term Heartburn Relief
Getting long-term relief from your heartburn is extremely well-documented that long-term exposure of the esophagus to stomach acid can result in cancer, ulcerations, and esophageal strictures, none of which are pleasant conditions.
There are two primary ways to achieve long-lasting heartburn relief: prescription medication and lifestyle changes.
Prescription medication is definitely an effective method for short to medium-term heartburn relief. There are two primary classes of medication: H2-blockers and proton pump inhibitors.
The problem with using these medications for long-term usage is that many people report H2-blockers lose effectiveness over time and recent research on proton-pump inhibitors has unearthed a variety of previously unknown side effects. Check our article on heartburn medication for details on specific medicines as well as relevant research on these side effects.
Heartburn left untreated does cause damage to the esophagus, so you do want to ignore medication completely. While medication may not be ideal to use every day for the rest of your life, it is not a bad idea to have some around in case you get heartburn occasionally, go on vacation, or decide you want to go out to dinner and have a drink without dealing with heartburn.
Heartburn Relief – Lifestyle Changes
The only viable long-term solution for heartburn relief is a lifestyle change. This includes:
- Weight loss
- Eating healthier
- Making a list of foods that cause heartburn and making an effort to avoid them
- Elevating the head of your bedframe by a few inches (allows gravity to assist the stomach in keeping acid down)
- Significant reduction (preferably cessation) of alcohol and tobacco use
Heartburn Relief Redux
Heartburn is caused by a variety of factors. The reason you seek heartburn relief is because your body is telling you that you are not treating it right.
While lifestyle changes are (in my opinion) generally the ideal solution for nearly every chronic problem, you do not want to ignore heartburn relief completely.
Try out our natural methods for heartburn relief and make necessary lifestyle changes. If you still find yourself getting chronic heartburn after a few weeks, talk with your doctor about management options and work on these lifestyle changes so you can get permanent, long-lasting heartburn relief.