Forms of Natural Heartburn Relief

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For some, the idea of taking numerous different pills several times per day in a bid to rid themselves of the heartburn which is plaguing their lives is nothing short of gut wrenching. I am one of those people. I therefore set out on a mini-task to discover whether or not natural heartburn relief exists.

My first port of call was to take a closer look at a claim which many people have voiced about the heartburn soothing properties of chewing gum. We have all heard the advice of chewing gum when heartburn strikes, but does this actually work? Well, according to a study from the journal of dental research, chewing gum stimulates our glands into producing more saliva which in turn helps to wash away the invasive acid which has been churned up from our stomachs into the esophagus. It has also shown to be extremely efficient at clearing any acid which builds up and is lying dormant inside of the gut. So while chewing gum will not prevent you from getting heartburn, it may go at least some way to relieving a portion of the pain and can truly provide a form of natural heartburn relief.

Baking soda has been widely theorized to neutralize acid from the stomach. This claim has been echoed by several professors at Harvard Medical School, stating that the most efficient way to use baking soda for heartburn is to mix a spoonful in a glass of water. Be careful, though, as the high sodium content of baking soda can cause nasty side effects such as vomiting and dehydration, as well as heart problems if sustained for long periods of time. If you are looking for a quick, sweet way to relieve heartburn after a meal, try chewing on some licorice. Although there aren’t many studies around to prove the claims, licorice is allegedly full of stomach healing properties. Too much, however, can lead to high blood pressure so do approach with caution. Drinking 1/2 a cup of aloe juice before eating has been proven to have a positive effect on any inflammation which is going on in the esophagus and stomach. Be wary not to try this form of natural heartburn relief too often though, as it can produce side effects similar to that of laxatives.

It is often thought that a box full of pills and medicines is the only way to continue living once heartburn has taken hold of you. However, these forms of natural heartburn relief can have amazing effects on how you manage this brutal condition.