by NativeRemedies on September 15th, 2010 at 7:00 am
It really isn’t that surprising that heartburn is one of the most common ailments among us, based on our modern diet and lifestyle. With that being said, it is important to know what triggers heartburn, such as spicy foods and late night snacking; however, there are some other things you may be doing on a daily basis that can generate heartburn. Though some triggers may not seem like they should be the normal culprits for heartburn, thankfully there are natural remedies to help you that may even find in your own kitchen cabinet.
Smoking is a major cause for heartburn because it cuts down on the saliva in the mouth that helps to flush out any acids in the esophagus. Quitting smoking can be very hard; take time to find out what is the best way for you to quit smoking. Some people use over-the-counter medicines to help them quit, natural ways to quit are herbs like Avena sativa, Garcinia cambogia and Gotu Cola- all of which help to cut cravings.
Stress is another major cause for heartburn; mix that with some spicy food and you have the perfect perpetrators for heartburn discomfort. In fact, 52% of individuals have said that their life stressors adversely affect their frequency of heartburn. While there is no scientific link between heartburn and stress, there is a link between heartburn and diet. During stressful times, many people start to “comfort eat”, which means more fats and oils that can cause stomach acidity.
While it is hard to get rid of all life stress, combining stress with healthier eating habits can quell digestive discomfort. If you do find yourself in the middle of a fattening food cycle unexpectedly, try drinking ginger tea. Fresh ginger is an anti-inflammatory and can help to calm upset bellies and soothe an inflamed throat.
Drinking alcohol is another cause of heartburn, and although it may not happen every time you drink, there is a correlation between alcohol and heartburn. Alcohol tends to increase the production of stomach acid and makes the esophagus more sensitive. To minimize the effects of alcohol and heartburn, cut back on drinking and dilute alcoholic beverages in water or club soda.
The best thing you can do for heartburn tribulations is to follow a high-fiber, low fat diet. Also, adding natural, herbal remedies can help to prevent heartburn. Try Slippery elm, Marshmallow root and Plantain, all of which contain anti-inflammatory properties to help neutralize stomach acid and soothe the esophagus. Lastly, drink a cup of organic green tea daily to combat heartburn, which also provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties.
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