Heartburn Home Remedies
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition where the acid of the stomach regurgitates (goes up) into the esophagus, causing damage to the inner lining of the esophagus. Symptoms include heartburn, which is a burning sensation in the chest, constant burping, and trouble swallowing.
Heartburn is a symptom that may be mistaken for a heart attack, hence the terminology, but it is caused by the reflux of stomach acids into the esophagus. Doctors usually prescribe medications to reduce acidity (antacids) and to reduce acid production (proton-pump inhibitors). Medications can also be obtained without prescription (over-the-counter), but people who have this chronic condition may benefit from taking natural home remedies.
Rebecca Moazzez, DPhil, clinical lecturer in King’s College London published a small study in the Journal of Dental Research showing that people with (GERD) symptoms experienced relief when they chew a piece of sugar-free gum after a meal. She explains that this stimulates salivary flow which washes away acid in the stomach.
Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda mixed in drinking water has been shown to neutralize stomach acids, according to Jacqueline Wolf, MD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She warns however, that it is high in salt and may cause side effects like nausea.
Bananas are nutritious and delicious, but they also provide a natural antacid effect, by stimulating the stomach lining to produce mucus, which creates a protective coating. Ginger root has also been known as an anti-inflammatory and potent treatment for gastrointestinal conditions.
Other natural remedies include licorice, aloe vera juice, and slippery elm. Although evidence is limited to support their effectiveness against heartburn, many health experts believe these herbal remedies may help ease symptoms through their healing properties.
MSN. 7 home remedies for heartburn. http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/heartburn-and-gerd/7-home-remedies-for-heartburn