You can take antacids, though if you want to go the more natural route, chewable DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice), aloe vera juice, and marshmallow are folk remedies that are supposed to help. From there, you’ll want to make sure to avoid heartburn foods such as peppermint or anything spicy, and make sure you don’t go to bed right after you eat.
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An over-the-counter antacid tablet or doctor prescribed medication can help counteract heartburn, but a good approach to rid yourself of heartburn is to be mindful of what you eat. Carbonated sodas, high caffeine beverages, and alcoholic drinks should be consumed in moderation. Fatty foods, citrus fruits, and onions have also been known to trigger heartburn. Also, smokers can have a higher likelihood of heartburn because smoking causes the stomach to secrete more acid.
In addition to antacid tablets, there are a few simple things you can do at home when heartburn strikes. Don’t lie down, standing up helps with the pain. Drinking a whole glass of water then a half glass mixed with a tablespoon of baking soda can also help, but it is not good if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant. Strangely (and not very tasty), drinking a teaspoon of vinegar can help when your heartburn is actually caused by too little acid and it needs a little extra to do it’s job. Full banana’s can work like an antacid, and pineapple or papaya (fruit or juice) can help settle your stomach. Avoid drinking milk and chewing mints when heartburn strikes, it will only make it worse!
Hmm … I was actually wondering about this myself the other day. I came across a site that talks about home remedies and OTC medicine etc as only a temporary solution, and that a better, more permanent strategy is to change your diet (remove fatty foods, caffeine, alcohol etc) and exercise more, as a huge contributor of heartburn is the foods we eat / the lifestyle we live. Just a thought.
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