You love noshing on rich fall comfort food…but the heartburn that comes with it? Not so much! And while drugstore heartburn meds work, they can have unpleasant side effects, including headaches, nausea and dizziness. Fortunately, these natural remedies get rid of heartburn and make it a thing of the past.
Sip a desert drink.
Aloe isn’t just for sunburns — it soothes heartburn too! A study in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine found sipping pure aloe vera juice daily curbs heartburn flares by 71 percent in four weeks, plus eases feelings of nausea by 80 percent. Anti-inflammatory aloe counteracts excess stomach acid. Simply blitz the gel from inside fresh aloe leaves (found at supermarkets) and water in a blender until smooth. Add honey to taste, if desired.
Swap your bread.
No need to give up your favorite foods. Instead, swap the white bread on your grilled cheese for seven-grain or whole wheat. Research conducted out of Sweden suggests the fiber in whole grains mops up stomach acid, cutting heartburn flares by 50 percent. What’s more, similar research shows a fiber-rich diet improves muscle movement in the digestive tract, reducing reflux by up to 53 percent.
Savor a sweet spoonful.
Research published in Food Quality and Safety say enjoying one tablespoon of raw honey quashes heartburn pain in minutes. And if you make it a daily habit, you’ll cut your risk of future flare-ups by 52 percent. Honey’s enzymes coat the esophagus to ease irritation while also neutralizing troublesome acids.
Try a deep-sea cure.
Alginates derived from seaweed help form a foam-like barrier that halts the flow of irritating acid into the esophagus. And if you take alginates after eating, a 2018 study reveals you’ll enjoy results on par with acid-blocking meds. One to try: Life Extension Esophageal Guardian (Buy from LifeExtension.com, $24).
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.
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