The good news about heartburn is that it can often be eased by using a few simple home remedies. The simplest of all these remedies is water. The next time you have an attack, drink a large glass of water.
If that doesn’t work for you, try a glass of raw potato juice. Just wash a potato and throw it in a juicer. Don’t remove the peel first. Drink immediately after you prepare the juice. Take three times a day. Alternately, a glass of fresh cabbage or celery juice might do the trick.
Ginger is known to absorb stomach acids and, at the same time, it can calm your nerves. Fresh papaya (with the seeds) can aid digestion, as can pineapple. Both contain special enzymes that help food break down in your stomach and keep this part of the digestion process running smoothly. Another popular home remedy that many people vouch for is a vinegar tonic. Mix one tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of water and drink during your meal.
Don’t eat before bedtime. Try to wait at least three hours after eating before you lie down. Some prescription drugs can aggravate heartburn. Even over-the-counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen can cause heartburn. One more trick for easing heartburn: lie down on your left side. This keeps your stomach below your esophagus, helping to keep it acid-free.
Remember these three basic rules:
1. Don’t overeat.
2. If you’re having a heartburn attack, don’t lie down.
3. Find out your trigger foods and try to avoid them.
Here’s one more thing to consider: a recent clinical trial has a new take on how to prevent and treat heartburn. Researchers looked at celiac disease (CD) patients and found they often complain of symptoms consistent with reflux disease. So, they set out to assess the prevalence of heartburn symptoms in celiac patients and to determine the impact of a gluten-free diet on these symptoms.
The research team evaluated 133 adult CD patients and 70 healthy controls. Fifty-three patients completed questionnaires every three months during the first year and more than four years after diagnosis. Heartburn symptoms were evaluated using a symptoms rating scale.
The researchers found that, after diagnosis, celiac patients had a significantly higher reflux symptom mean score than the healthy controls. After three months of treatment on a gluten-free diet, they found there was a rapid improvement with reflux scores — so much so that scores were actually comparable to the healthy controls from the three-month mark onward.
They concluded that reflux symptoms are common in untreated CD patients and that a gluten-free diet is associated with a rapid and persistent improvement in reflux symptoms that matched the healthy controls.
If nothing else has worked for you, give a gluten-free diet a try and see if your heartburn symptoms disappear.