How to Get Rid of Heartburn
In this article, you will discover how to get rid of heartburn quickly and permanently with natural remedies. In order to figure out how to get rid of heartburn, we first need to understand the primary mechanisms of heartburn.
Heartburn occurs when stomach acid (and other stomach contents) “leaks” out of the stomach and comes back into the esophagus. This creates a burning sensation as stomach acid irritates the lining of the esophagus.
As a result, we can attack heartburn on two primary fronts: by preventing stomach acid from leaving the stomach in the first place and by neutralizing what does manage to escape the stomach.
Putting Stomach Acid In Its Place
Learning how to get rid of heartburn is easy if you understand that the easiest way to prevent heartburn is from preventing the stomach’s contents from leaving in the first place, which is what heartburn essentially is.
The stomach is supposed to a sealed by the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), a muscle group which contracts around the entrance to the stomach in order to keep it squeezed shut. Normally the LES allows food to enter the stomach and prevents it from leaving. However, sometimes it can malfunction and allow stomach acid to come out of the stomach.
One reason this happens is via excessive pressure. Pressure can be caused by overeating (the stomach being stretched), drinking too many fluids, and carbonated beverages (both of which also stretch the stomach). Additionally, tight clothing can compress the stomach and contribute to heartburn.
However, these alone are often not enough to overpower the tough LES. Sometimes certain foods (also known as trigger foods) can irritate the stomach lining and can temporarily prevent the LES from doing its job. For some of us, certain foods always cause heartburn and these are different from person to person. Alcohol can also irritate the stomach lining and cause heartburn.
Finally, laying down can also increase heartburn as gravity normally aides the LES in keeping the stomach’s contents in the stomach. When laying down, it is much easier for fluid to escape the stomach and cause heartburn.
To sum up everything on how to get rid of heartburn, you should:
- Refrain from overeating, over-drinking, carbonated beverages, and caffeine
- Do not wear tight-fitting pants
- Place wedges (wooden wedges work best, but books or anything else that is sturdy can work too) to raise up the end of the bed where your head lays. This will create an incline and allow gravity to keep what belongs in the stomach in the stomach.
This is just one aspect of how to get rid of heartburn. These methods all help keep stomach acid inside the stomach and prevent heartburn in the first place.
How to Get Rid Of Heartburn
If you already have heartburn, it is a little late for these preventive strategies. Once you already have heartburn and you want to get rid of it, then you need to to apply strategies that will help neutralize stomach acid.
Below, you will find a few heartburn remedies which will get rid of heartburn even after it has started:
- Chew gum (non-mint; mint can increase the production of stomach acid). Gum creates a lot of saliva production, raises the pH of the esophagus (which creates a buffer against heartburn), and the chewing pattern helps speed up digestion. Do not just take our word for it – try it out and you will be amazed at what a few minutes of chewing gum can do for your heartburn.
- Take an antacid. Alone, antacids may not be effective, but when combined with the previous strategies of loose-fitting clothes and a raised bed, antacids can be extremely effective.
- Drink a teaspoon of vinegar. Vinegar produces a massive saliva burst which will help get rid of heartburn. If you use this regularly, be sure to rinse your mouth out a few minutes later to get the acetic acid (the active ingredient in vinegar) off of your teeth.
You now know how to get rid of heartburn. By applying these strategies you will have no problem dealing with heartburn once and for all!