Do you suffer from heartburn, reflux and GERD and are you sick of taking daily antacids to cope with it? Read on and learn how you can get immediate relief so you can get off that daily pill and fix or cure your heartburn symptoms from now on.
So many people are suffering from heartburn. It’s not just the severe daily pain. It can also increase the risk of esophageal cancer! So it’s kind of a big deal!
Why antacids aren’t the answer
If you’re taking antacids, whether proton pump inhibitors or h2 inhibitors, what that’s doing is blocking the acid producing cells in your stomach.
Why that’s bad?
Your stomach is supposed to have acid in it! That’s how you digest your food and it’s also how you protect your gut from bad bacteria. The very low pH in your stomach (between 1-3) is very very acidic… and it’s supposed to be!
In other words, if it’s in your stomach very strong acid is a good thing. So, if you’re taking any of those medications like antacids, you want to start reducing those and stop using them entirely as soon as possible.
But, don’t stop them cold turkey or all at once. If you do that you’re probably going to have severe rebound reflux! It’s best to slowly wean them down. Start taking them every other day while you’re implementing the other strategies in this article. Then maybe every third day and then in the future when you have a severe flare-up of heartburn, until the seven permanent solutions that you’re going to learn start paying off.
You want to stop reflux medications as quickly as possible because, when they chronically block your stomach acid, you’re not able to absorb minerals and vitamins and other nutrients. This is because the acid is what helps break them down so you can absorb them.
If you’ve blocked all your stomach acid it can actually lead to increased risk of pneumonia, osteoporosis and even dementia like Alzheimer’s! It’s fine to take antacids for a week or two weeks, or just every now and then. But, so many people have gotten used to taking them every day.
Acid is fine… in your stomach
Your esophagus, which is the food tube that goes from your mouth down to your stomach, is made to handle the occasional splash of this acid. But it’s not made to have this acid touching it all the time. If you have too many splashes of acid you’ll start to have this classic heartburn.
So, that’s why we’ve got to do things that will keep a lower stomach pressure we’ve got to do things that’ll keep the pH in your esophagus a little higher so that it doesn’t have that super strong acid but strong enough to keep the gut bacteria properly managed.
Natural fixes for fast heartburn relief
Now let’s talk about temporary fixes you can use if you’re suffering from heartburn. Here’s a list of things you can do right now that will make your heartburn better. These are not long-term solutions or things that are going to fix it permanently. They’re meant to provide some fast, temporary relief without you having to resort to antacids.
Apple cider vinegar
The first thing can use is apple cider vinegar. You want to get the real apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’ which is that cloudy stuff in the bottom. You can dilute a couple of tablespoons in a glass of water and drink it. This will immediately help make your heartburn better.
For some people just chewing gum makes their heartburn better. You can also try licorice chews. Licorice seems to coat the esophagus very well.
Take a tablespoon of baking soda and add that in a glass of water. That will calm down the symptoms because baking soda has a pH of 7. When you drink that it coats the esophagus and raises the pH, basically diluting the acid in your esophagus.
However, this also raises the pH in your stomach. Again, we want a strong acid in our stomach, so if you use baking soda three times a day every day that’s not a good solution. Less acidity means you won’t be absorbing vitamins and your minerals effectively and reduces protection against bad gut bacteria.
Chewing on a little piece of ginger root is a great strategy for heartburn relief. If you suffer from chronic reflux or heartburn just keep a piece of ginger root in the fridge. Slice off a tiny piece and chew it when you have heartburn.
So, those are some things that you can do right now to help your heartburn and provide temporary relief. However, you want to fix your heartburn long-term, not just temporarily…
7 Natural ways to fix your heartburn
Now let’s look at seven ways to actually fix your heartburn, because that’s what we’re ultimately trying to do here. Here are the seven long-term fixes or cures for your severe heartburn, reflux or GERD:
Eat a very un-inflated diet
One of the first things you should do to cure your heartburn naturally is adopting a very un-inflated diet. Start by removing cheap, processed food from your diet wherever possible.
See also: Acid Reflux – Foods to Avoid
You also want to get liquid dairy and grains out of your diet, including rice, oatmeal, corn, and wheats. Any of those guys are going to be inflammatory to your gut and they’re going to lead to weight gain and inflammation in your gut, which will lead the heartburn.
Try to eat a good anti-inflammatory diet like a low carb, high fat or a ketogenic diet. Click here for your custom keto diet.
Absolutely don’t want to give up bread? Try these grain free keto bread recipes instead.
One of the things we’re trying to do is keep a higher pH (less acid) in the esophagus. One of the ways to do that is to decrease the abdominal pressure. If somebody’s bouncing up and down on your stomach that’s probably going to lead to reflux… right? Because it increases the intra-abdominal pressure. The same thing (although less extreme) happens if you carry excess abdominal fat.
When you have that potbelly it’s increasing your intra-abdominal pressure and that’s going to make it more likely that acid will come up into your esophagus, causing heartburn.
The good news is that following the previous step and eating a low carb high fat or ketogenic diet is also going to help you lose weight. It will also help decrease inflammation.
Don’t eat or drink before going to bed
If you are currently having heartburn every day you need to stop eating and drinking two hours before you lie down or go to sleep. This is because between your esophagus and your stomach is a little muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter. It’s supposed to stay closed all the time but if you have dysfunction in this muscle it might be partially open.
When you’re upright you won’t have much trouble. However, when you lie down flat in bed then the acid is able to leak through the dysfunctional sphincter and get back up into your esophagus. Although you may not feel the heartburn because you’re asleep… that’s when a lot of the damage and the inflammation is being done! Then you’ll suffer the symptoms the next day.
So you want to stop all food and drinks about two hours at least before you lie down for bed at night. Some people’s heartburn is so bad they have to sleep in a recliner!
Raise your head
The next thing you can do to fix your heartburn is a simple little trick. It’s very cheap and it’s very easy. All you need is two bricks or two pieces of wood that are anywhere from two to four inches thick. Put one under each head post of your bed so that you raise the entire head of the bed up just a little bit.
It’s not going to be enough to affect your sleep, but it’s going to be just enough though because remember that acid in your stomach is a liquid and liquid has to follow the law of gravity. So when you raise the head of the bed it’s going to tend to stay down in your stomach where you want it instead of passing through your lower esophageal sphincter into your esophagus.
Many people have are able to stop taking their proton pump inhibitors or their h2 blockers because of this one trick alone, saving them hundreds of dollars and protecting them from osteoporosis pneumonia and Alzheimer’s dementia! Just by elevating the head in their bed!
Smoking inflames and irritates the stomach lining and it also relaxes that sphincter we talked about. This makes it more likely that acid can splash up into your esophagus or leak up into your esophagus while you’re lying flat at night.
So, if you do smoke… let this be an extra incentive to quit!
Reduce caffeine and alcohol
There are three things that will relax that sphincter. When you swallow the peristalsis of the food coming down makes it open. That’s normal. But then it’s supposed to close back up.
Three substances will relax it and make it stay open when it shouldn’t be open:
Too much caffeine or alcohol can definitely lead to heartburn and reflux. So at least until you’ve got your heartburn under control, you may need to temporarily stop the caffeine and the alcohol.
Once you’ve used some of these strategies to permanently cure your heartburn then you can try going back to having an occasional alcoholic drink or having some coffee in the morning. Especially if you suffer from severe heartburn you really want to stop coffee and alcohol for a while.
Start using probiotics
The last thing you can do to eliminate your heartburn naturally is start taking a good quality probiotic. The best probiotics are kept in the cooler because there’s living bacteria in there.
You may even want to start fermenting your own foods, which is actually pretty easy to do. Fermented foods, like homemade sauerkraut, is an excellent source of natural probiotics.
Here’s a great video that teaches you how to do it:
To wrap things up, here’s a bonus tip. Remember we talked about the increased intra-abdominal pressure? So another thing that will do that is if you wear clothes around your abdomen that are too tight. Like a girdle or putting your belt too tight trying to make your waist look smaller. That can actually increase intra-abdominal pressure and lead to heartburn reflux!
So, wear loose fitting clothes around your abdomen. If you’re if you’re going to make your abdomen look smaller then refer back up the first and second tip, which is to eat low carb or ketogenic diet and lose weight.
Well, there you have it… seven great tips to fix your heartburn and a bonus tip to boot! Hopefully they will help you find lasting relief from heartburn, reflux and GERD without you having to rely on antacids for the rest of your life.
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