If you’ve ever suffered from heartburn after a heavy or spicy meal, you know how awful the sensation can be. Many of us pour a substantial amount of money into over the counter heartburn medicines that can be very pricey and often take days or weeks to work effectively. Heartburn medications are useful, but there are also a number of things that can be done at home to treat heartburn. Here are our top 10 tips.
Please note: if you’re a chronic heartburn sufferer, you should seek the advice of your doctor as soon as possible to determine the cause and, if necessary, plan a prescription treatment.
10. Drink Milk
A glass of milk can help neutralize some of the acid that causes heartburn. If you’re not lactose intolerant or otherwise unable to consume milk, you might try a small glass of milk the next time you’re having a heartburn attack.
9. Bread and Water
It might sound like prison rations, but eating a slice of plain bread (no spreads like butter or jam) and drinking a cup of water can help to absorb some of the offending acid. Many report a piece of plain white bread even without the water is an effective treatment.
8. Go Bananas
That is, eat a banana when you’re having a heartburn attack. That’s because bananas are a natural antacid.
7. An Apple a Day
When you’re having a bad heartburn episode you might consider eating an apple. Apples are so good at combating heartburn and acid reflux that folk wisdom recommends eating apples after every meal to stave off heartburn forever.
6. Plain Yogurt
When you’re suffering from heartburn a simple way to help fight the burn is to eat plain yogurt. The yogurt is soothing to eat, and it will help neutralize the acid.
5. Chew Peppermint
Peppermint gum can be a handy tool to keep in your anti-heartburn arsenal, especially since it’s so portable. Peppermint candies may also work. According to believers, peppermint will eradicate heartburn in as few as 5 minutes.
4. A Handful of Almonds
Almonds are a wondrous nut, with many nutritional properties that make them a valuable part of any diet. But they’re also quite useful medicinally. Some people find that eating a handful of almonds produces long-lasting heartburn relief.
3. Pretzels and Crackers
You can absorb acids that cause heartburn by eating pretzels or crackers. Combine with a cup of the purist water available to pack an extra punch.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Along the same lines as the apple a day theory, apple cider vinegar as a daily supplement is famed, if not somewhat fabled, to cure all manner of ills. Heartburn is a problem commonly addressed by drinking small amounts of apple cider vinegar, if you can stand the mouth puckering taste.
1. Ginger Tea
Ginger comes in many preparations, including ginger gum and soda, which can be very good for nauseous tummies. Ginger tea is a particularly effective way to deliver ginger to your system, and ginger works wonders for those in several forms of gastrointestinal distress. Sip ginger tea slowly but steadily when suffering from heartburn.