It was your cousin’s marriage and you enjoyed the delicious and spicy food there. Mouth-watering food from various cuisines was served. It was like a food heaven for you, and you tasted each and every food item. But, you were unaware that you have eaten more than your appetite, and now you are feeling uneasy at home. Are you feeling a burning sensation in your chest? If yes, then it could be heartburn! You have consumed spicy food in excess, which could be said as the major reason for your heartburn. But, you are not sure, isn’t it? Then, let’s check out how spicy food can cause heartburn? Heartburn occurs when the content of stomach refluxes into oesophagus and produces irritation. So, probably your stomach was not able to digest the excess food and it got refluxed into the oesophagus. Now, probably you are looking for a solution. Well, you can opt for a medical treatment, but natural remedies are always good for health, with no side effects. We will check out some of the best home remedies for heartburn, but before that let us know some more reasons that could lead to heartburn.
- Caffeine: Caffeine relaxes the upper oesophagus sphincter to relax, which in turn refluxes the food into oesophagus. It causes irritation and results in heartburn.
- Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine, which again relaxes the upper oesophagus sphincter and the stomach then spurts out food into oesophagus. Theobromine is present in cocoa, tea and coffee plants.
- Tobacco: The chemicals present in tobacco relax the oesophagus sphincter, which in turn results in heartburn.
- Fried food: Fried food contains fat, which is difficult to digest and gets accumulated in the stomach. This accumulated fat creates pressure in the stomach and pushes the food into oesophagus sphincter.
- Citrus food: Citrus fruits are the most acidic fruits. These fruits contain citrus acid which increases the chances of heartburn. Lemon, orange and pineapple have the largest concentration of acid.
- Baking Soda: So, do you have baking soda at home? Baking soda acts as natural antacid. It acts with acid and neutralizes it, thus temporarily alleviating heartburn. Take half glass of water and dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda into it. Drink it and feel relieved!
- Cold milk: A glass of cold milk will give cooling effect to acidity and you will feel relieved after 10 to 15 minutes of consumption.
- Aloe Vera Juice: From years, aloe vera juice has been used as a remedy to treat heartburns. It soothes the inflammatory effect of acid and relieves you from heartburn. Take quarter cup of aloe vera juice, 20 minutes before the meal.
- Turmeric: Turmeric increases and improves the functioning of digestive system. It also helps in reducing the production of acid in stomach, which in turn reduces the chances of heartburn.
- Chamomile Tea: It is a natural tea that is prepared by infusing dried flowers of chamomile. Chamomile tea is paired with peppermint to aid in digestion. So, the consumption of chamomile tea with peppermint will improve digestion and reduce stomach acid.
- Ginger: Ginger acts against the inflammatory effect of acid. It has been used as a natural herb for the treatment of heartburn. You can either add it in your food for preventive action and can directly consume it, when the problem arises.
- Bananas: Many people consume banana for a relief from heartburn. Bananas act as natural antacid and they neutralize the stomach acid. Include banana in your diet to get relief from heartburn.
- Fennel Seed Oil: Fennel seed oil aids in digestion and helps in controlling the production of acid in stomach.
- Celery: Celery is plant specie that can help in curing heartburn. Celery requires lots of chewing, which forms saliva. Saliva gets into the throat and helps in reducing heartburn.
- Mustard: Mustard contains vinegar, which is a strong stimulant of saliva. Add mustard to your food and notice a relief in the heartburn problem.
The natural remedies mentioned above provide effective relief from heartburn.