Many people experience heartburn, or a feeling of warmth, burning, heat and pain that starts in the upper abdomen or just beneath the sternum (breastbone). A shared discomfort for a lot of people, this often spreads upward ending up in your throat leaving a bad taste in your mouth. There are natural remedies for acid reflux, and many people claim that apple cider vinegar, or just eating an apple (of any variety) helps reduce symptoms.
Foods to Avoid
Caused by acid regurgitation, heartburn is not really a problem of the heart. Heartburn, is also called sour stomach, indigestion and goes by a variety of other names but what causes heartburn is a process called gastroesophageal reflux. If you experience heartburn pain after meals, reducing your consumption of the following foods may help reduce the pain, and discomfort: Chocolate, peppermint, fried foods, fatty foods, sugar, coffee, carbonated drinks and alcohol can all cause a back-flow of stomach juices which cause the esophagus to become hypersensitive to foods including citrus fruit, tomatoes, spicy foods, garlic, onions and other foods which just lead to more heartburn.
Apples and Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar that is unfiltered and unpasteurized can help treat acid reflux with just 2 tablespoons diluted in water. Add this vinegar to homemade vinaigrettes and serve up a salad with your meal to keep acid reflux at bay. It is rich in enzymes and potassium, supports a healthy immune system, reduces appetite, promotes digestion and ph balance, and also acts as a detoxifier for your whole body. This folk remedy has recently been recommended by nationally recognized doctors, for the natural treatment of acid reflux.(1) Read about the Weight Loss Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar here.
Apples are one of the best natural treatments for heartburn. While there are 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide, any variety of apples will work and when eaten a few times a day can keep the pains of indigestion away. An easy treatment, they’re all delicious and any old apple will do. Some are sweeter than others and if you like a tart apple try Granny Smith, for something sweeter try a few slices of a Red Gala apple before a meal or bed. For a directory of apple types, check out this great site.
Other Natural Acid Reflux Remedies
For those who suffer from acid reflux, there are natural options out there to help reduce symptoms without medicine. A newly released book by board-certified internist and gastroenterologist, Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, and registered dietician Susan Wyler. called The Acid Reflux Solution offers recipes and a lifestyle guide for healing heartburn naturally. This book includes tips that can help alleviate heartburn without pills, including: these tips:
- Raise the head of your bed
- Eat less and eat more often
- Eat slowly
- Remember gravity
- Don’t eat within three hours of bed-time
Pick up your copy today, here at the Skinny Ms. Bookstore!
This is not intended to take the place of any medical advice. If you experience heart burn, it is important to visit your doctor when home treatments are not effective.