Natural Remedies For Heartburn & Acid Reflux

Tired of heartburn and acid reflux getting you down? Tired of popping pills? Find out how to relieve that burn the natural way.

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Matt Anderson's Take
Baking Soda
As we've mentioned in our other article, Baking Soda For Indigestion & Heartburn Relief, try mixing 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 8 ounces of water. Drink it all up. She doesn't taste pretty, but it works. Limit yourself to doing this no more than a few times within a 24 hour period and never more than a few days in a row.

Bananas & Apples
Many say that a banana a day keeps the heart burn away. Makes sense, bananas have natural antacids in them. Or, try eating an apple several hours before bed or before a meal.

Almonds
Try eating 3 to 4 almonds after each meal as well as after each snack you have throughout the day. For some, this can help end heart burn. Eating too many can trigger heart burn so try just 3-4.

Papaya Supplement
Papaya pills are the perfect after meal supplement and help support digestive health. Follow the directions on the bottle and chew or dissolve these pills in your mouth after a meal. Bonus: They're tasty and made from fruit! I personally like American Health Chewable Original Papaya Enzyme.

Apple Cider Vinegar
If you've ever tasted vinegar by itself you may be wondering how this works. Maybe the fear of drinking vinegar just frightens the heartburn away? The most common suggestion is to mix 1-2 teaspoons with 8 ounces of water. Drink before meals or when heartburn occurs.

If you still can't stand the taste when it's diluted, try mixing in some honey. That can help it go down easier. You'll want to get a raw and organic product. We recommend Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

Sit Up
After meals, make sure you sit up. Laying down makes heartburn worse. If it's bed time, try propping your head up with a pillow. Simple but it works.

Health Up
First off, lose weight! Being overweight increases acid reflux. Second, smoking and drinking alcohol together do bad things for heart burn sufferers. Quit smoking completely (you're smarter than that anyhow) and drink less.

Track What You Eat
This should be a no brainer but it isn't for most of us. Track what you eat. When you get heartburn make a note. Over time you'll spot patterns. Is it spicy salsa? Or maybe red pasta sauce? Or possibly even something else you'd never suspect. Make a food journal.
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