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How to Halt Heartburn With 3 Home Remedies

Jul 7, 2008
Classical solutions only give alleviation in the short-term for heartburn, at the cost of multiple secondary effects, do not amount to much in the way of being truly effective and safe options for the long term. Happily, home remedies can bring relief speedily and safely for most heartburn patients when chosen and used correctly. So just how should home remedies be used to halt heartburn? After frustration with ineffective conventional solutions in medicine, this answer is now available for tens of millions of sufferers all over the world.

Heartburn is something that happens while eating or shortly afterwards. It's a feeling of burning pain in the region of the chest or the throat. When it happens more than twice a week, it may be a sign that GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease), or to give it its other name, acid reflux, is present.

It is the stomach acids that corrode the epithelial cells of the esophagus that cause the pain known as heartburn. GERD is the more advanced case of this problems when the muscle (the lower esophageal sphincter) between the opening between the esophagus and the stomach opens at the wrong moment and lets stomach acid "reflux" or flow into the esophagus backwards from the stomach.

As time passes, recurrent acid reflux can do enough severe damage to the lower esophagus for it to pass into a condition called Barrett's esophagus and even cancer. This explains why a speedy solution to stop GERD is required. Other than heartburn, acid reflux can also be recognized by a salty mouth taste, sensations of nausea, chronic hoarse voice, asthma as a nocturnal phenomenon and dry coughing.

Aspects contributing to GERD can be:

1. Improper eating including meals that are too large with subsequent blockage of digestion, over stocking of toxins and over production of stomach acids.

2. For obese people, the backpressure from the abdomen acts in turn on the stomach contents and forces this back towards the esophagus. With the negative effect on the immune system, Candida can then get out of control as yet another negative factor in your acid reflux problem.

3. Bad sleep hygiene also depresses your immune system.

Nevertheless, simple and easily obtainable home remedies are available to work on the symptoms of GERD, even if they do not extend to the elimination of fundamental causes:

1. Natural honey (pure, unprocessed and unheated in 2 teaspoons,) ingested after a meal will lessen esophageal inflammation because of its well-known features of being antioxidant and antibiotic. It is also antibacterial and antiviral.

2. This will also assist in getting back the right acid alkaline balance in the intestines (acid reflux is often more pronounced when there is excess acidity in the intestines and the blood). On similar principles, organic apple cider vinegar (taken in a quantity of a tablespoon on an empty stomach taken once a day) will work with the intestines to get rid of toxins and impurities, thanks to its antiseptic and antibiotic nature.

3. Inclining the whole surface of your bed, feet downwards, also helps. Use shorter legs at the far end where your feet go, or use wooden blocks to raise the head of the bed with wooden blocks, for example. A difference of six to eight inches like this helps to raise your esophagus above the stomach and its gastric juices.

These methods are certainly candidates for immediate and safe relief, but they are still short-term measures. The only long-term solution is a full, holistic, all-natural treatment, to permanently eradicate your acid reflux problem by addressing the hidden, root causes of GERD.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . To Learn More About Heartburn Home Remedies: Heartburn Home Remedies
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