5 Ways to Halt Your Heartburn – Naturally!

natural heartburn remedies
Dr. Lindsey Mcilvena, MD

In her day job, treating patients living with chronic disease, nutrition and lifestyle are not after-thoughts, they’re central to helping her patients get well. She’s also our go-to expert on plant-based diets.

Wondering if there are natural ways that you can reduce or eliminate your bothersome heartburn, also known as acid reflux? Try following these 5 scientifically-backed lifestyle tips to help smooth out your digestion.

1. Know what foods trigger your symptoms.
Some of the common offenders include tomatoes, coffee, fried foods, onion, alcohol, chocolate, and garlic.

2. Cut out tobacco.
Tobacco products appear to loosen the sphincter between the stomach and the esophagus, allowing acid to go where it doesn’t belong.

3. Don’t go to bed right after you eat.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but going to bed with a full stomach can let stomach acid slide into your esophagus, causing indigestion. Try to stay upright for at least a couple of hours after eating.

4. Shed those extra pounds.
Studies have shown that weight loss can help lessen symptoms of heartburn.

5. Prop up the head of your bed.
Think about it, if you’re lying completely flat, this can allow acid to escape from your stomach into your esophagus once again. Try putting some text books or bricks between your mattress and the box spring.

There you have it. Though these five natural heartburn remedies may seem simple, using them in combination can provide big results.

Sources: NIH 1, NIH 2, NIH 3

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