How to Get Rid of Heartburn and Acid Reflux | Top 4 Homemade Remedies To Get Rid of Heartburn.
1.A spoonful of baking soda…
A spoonful of sodium bicarbonate, or teaspoon-full to be exact, can help put an end to the gnawing, burning, sensation of heartburn caused by acid reflux. Baking-soda, as sodium-bicarbonate is more commonly known, can help your reflux and in turn help your heartburn because it is a base substance. It has a pH-higher than 7.0, and therefore neutralizes stomach acid
You will need…
-1/2 teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of baking soda
-a glass of fresh water
Mix either a ½ teaspoon or 1 single teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water that is no more than 8-ounces. Give it a good stir and drink all of the mixture. You can repeat this as needed but should not exceed seven ½ teaspoon doses in a 24-hour period. Also, avoid using this as a remedy for more than a week straight, as it is high in salt and can have side effects such as swelling or nausea
2.Chin up (and don’t lie down)
Heartburn tends to get worse at night, thanks to the fact that you’re lying down when you sleep. Gravity works against you, and it’s easier for the digested contents of your stomach to back up into your esophagus, along with acid. Try elevating your head about 6 inches when you sleep by placing bricks, books, or blocks under the legs at the head of your bed. You could also try a wedge-shaped pillow under your mattress, but don’t simply pile up extra pillows as it’s easy to slip off of them at night. Don’t lie down within 2-3 hours after eating, because lying down with a full stomach makes stomach contents press harder against your lower esophageal-sphincter.
3. Avoid tight fitting clothes
Things cinched tightly about your waist or middle can worsen heartburn. If you have super tight-jeans on, when you sit down, the waistband is going to sink into your abdomen region. Same goes for tight belts-and even shirts can be a problem for some. This is because all of the above puts extra pressure on your lower esophageal-sphincter, which make it more likely stomach contents, will push through and you’ll experience reflux.
The Journal of Dental Research conducted a study that showed people with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or chronic heartburn, experienced relief when they chewed a piece of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal. This is because chewing gum stimulates the salivary glands, and increases the flow of saliva. Any acid that has built up in the gut is diluted and washed away or cleared out more quickly. The clearance of acid then improves the symptoms of GERD. It is possible that the same school of thought could be applied to occasional heartburn as well. It’s our regular saliva that we swallow that actually makes normal bouts of reflux here and there completely painless.