Heart burn is a very simple name given to a medical condition that may lead to a complex gastric disorder named as acid peptic disease. Acid peptic disease encompasses multiple disorders like gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer or gastroesophageal reflux disease(GERD). Moreover, it may also cause esophagitis, barret’s esophagus, strictures and may lead to esophageal carcinoma. Basically, it is the gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that is responsible for the causing heart burn. Common symptoms of heart burn are severe burning pain in the central chest, belching, sour taste, nausea or may be vomit. This pain usually aggravates on lying down. GERD or heart burn occurs due to reflux of gastric acid in the esophagus.
Although numerous prescription and over the counter drugs are available to relieve the symptoms of heart burn, however, it is always better to try natural home made remedies first to relieve heart burn.Here are few very common and effective natural remedies for heart burn;
Avoid diet triggering heart burn – common diets triggering heart burn are coffee, citric juices and fruits, alcoholic and carbonated beverages, fatty and spicy food, and vinegar. These must be avoided in excess.
Eating habits – you must reconsider the eating habits. Always take meals in small portions and chew it properly. Chewing food helps in digestion of the food and avoids heart burn. You must not go to bed just after taking the meal. It is always better to walk for at least forty to fifty steps before lying down.
Smoking – aggravates heartburn by increasing gastric acid secretion in the stomach.
Stress management – numerous studies have revealed that more than fifty percent of the individuals suffering from heart burn are having stress in their life that aggravates the symptoms of heart burn. Although no direct relationship of stress in the causation of heart burn has yet been established, however, it is suggested that stress may lead to increased smoking, increase alcohol intake etc that indirectly aggravates heart burn.
Chewing gum – studies have shown that chewing sugar free gum after the meals for almost half an hour vanishes the symptoms of heart burn. It is suggested chewing gum increases the salivation that dilutes the acid in the stomach decreasing the chances of having heart burn.
Baking soda – it is a very common substance in the kitchen for baking purposes. It is a base and neutralizes the gastric acid thus relieving the symptoms of heart burn. Although it is very effective in treating heart burn, however, it must not be used excessively because of its high salt content and risk of causing nausea.