We’ve all experienced painful heartburn at one time or another. That unmistakable, burning in your chest…a sour taste in the back of your throat…queasiness you just can’t shake. Not only is heartburn painful, but it can lead to permanent damage of the esophagus, increasing the risk for esophageal cancer. Luckily, there are a few home remedies you can try to reduce painful heartburn and keep acid reflux at bay.
Bananas are a great snack, especially for those with acid reflux. They help coat the irritated esophagus, preventing discomfort from stomach acid. Try eating half a banana 30 minutes before a meal to prevent heartburn.
Ginger is a natural stomach soother that has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce inflammation of the esophagus, relieving painful reflux. It may also reduce nausea and alleviate indigestion.
Like ginger, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that calm painful esophageal inflammation. It also increases gastric mucus, which protects the lining of the stomach wall from erosion and ulcers.
Although this fruit is acidic, it actually helps relieve painful heartburn. Pineapple contains bromelain, which has powerful antacid properties. They are high in fiber and water content, both of which promote healthy digestion.
Although some people find this fruit to be a trigger, most studies claim that just one slice of apple can calm down acid production and reduce the burning sensation. If you’re looking for a quick fix, pop a few apple slices. They’ll neutralize the stomach in under 5 minutes.
Due to their oily character, a handful of almonds can relieve painful heartburn. They contain enzymes that improve digestion, preventing stomach acid from rising back up into the esophagus.Their skin also reduces gastric acidity, protecting the stomach wall from erosion.
When experiencing heartburn and indigestion, 10 to 20 grapes may help relieve discomfort. Grapes promote digestion and soothe the stomach, neutralizing acid production.
Although it may not be friendly for your waistline, drinking a half cup of cold buttermilk may alleviate painful heartburn symptoms. The effects are quick and long-lasting as buttermilk prevents the lower esophageal sphincter from opening up and allowing stomach acid to rise.
Chamomile tea isn’t just relaxing, it is soothing as well. Drinking this tea between meals may relieve an inflamed or irritated esophagus. It helps to settle the stomach and prevent acid from backing up and causing discomfort.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Despite the acidic nature of ACV, just 2 tablespoons in 1/2 cup of warm water will relieve heartburn by neutralizing acid production. Apple cider vinegar calms the stomach, reduces esophageal inflammation, and promotes healthy digestion.
Do you have any tips or tricks for alleviating acid reflux? Drop them below – I’d love to hear your thoughts!