Some heartburn meds have been pulled from the market due to health concerns, making others like Pepcid harder to find. Not to worry! Home remedies can help cure heartburn quickly.
Before meals, sit for 2 minutes and take slow, deep breaths. Eastern Virginia Medical School researchers say this “pause” cuts heartburn risk by as much as 65 percent. Indeed, gastroenterologist Chris Khor, MD, explains that pre-meal calm activates the enteric nervous system, a branch of nerves that speeds digestion and intestinal movement. It’s a super simple way to cure heartburn pain!
Try d-limonene. This natural citrus peel extract neutralizes excess stomach acid and speeds digestion of high-fat meals, plus coats and protects delicate throat tissues. No wonder Danish researchers say taking 1,000 mg. daily ends heartburn flare-ups for 90 percent of women in two weeks. And you could feel the relief within 48 hours of the first dose! Note: Check with a doctor before supplementing.
Swapping your usual evening snack for high-fiber popcorn, whole-grain crackers, or dried fruit reduces the odds of late night heartburn by 73 percent. Plus, it makes any flare-ups disappear in half the time, British scientists say. Digestion and stomach emptying naturally slow in the evening, allowing acids to creep up into your esophagus. But gastroenterologist Mari Konovalova, MD, explains, “Fiber soaks up those acids, so they stay in your stomach.”
Gravity keeps stomach acid down until you lie down, then ouch. A sweet Rx: raw honey. Australian researchers say 1 tablespoon at bedtime banishes the burn in minutes, plus lessens the risk of nighttime flare-ups by 52 percent. Credit raw honey’s rich stores of enzymes, which neutralize stomach acid and calm irritated throat nerves.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.