July 1, 2011

No More Heartburn

Heartburn, the burning sensation in the esophagus below the breastbone, is reportedly a recurring problem for as much as a quarter of the population. Recurring heartburn is different from incidental heartburn in that it isn’t necessarily caused by diet or lifestyle–some people have chronic heartburn even after dietary and lifestyle changes.

So many heartburn remedies these days rely on prescription medications or even invasive surgery to cure recurring problems with heartburn and gastric acid reflux. Healthy and holistic cures for acid reflux and heartburn have been around for centuries and have few or no side effects.

According to the medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine, prescription medication for acid reflux can cause bacterial infection and even weaken your bones, making breaks and fractures more likely. Here are the three most commonly used holistic remedies for heartburn. These treatments carry none of the risks of prescription heartburn drugs.

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

The science behind the apple cider vinegar cure for heartburn is simple–the stomach uses natural acids to digest food, and apple cider vinegar is very similar in acidity to your stomach acid. Heartburn happens when there is too little acid in the stomach itself to digest your food. All of the acid travels up the esophagus causing the familiar burning pain. Apple cider vinegar works because it aids digestion and at the same time triggers the sphincter at the top of the stomach to “shut off,” preventing acid from leaking into the esophagus.

For mild heartburn, put two teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar in sixteen ounces of water. Sip this slowly throughout the day. For more severe heartburn, add two tablespoons of organic ACV to the same amount of water.


Heartburn sufferers have found that eating a handful of raw almonds just before or after a meal greatly reduces their heartburn symptoms. Almonds are also delicious and healthy, and as an “aperitif,” they can also relieve the pain of acid reflux and heartburn.

It is unclear why almonds counteract heartburn, but recent research at Stanford University suggests that the high oil content of almonds soothes the esophagus and may trigger the stomach’s upper sphincter to close, preventing stomach acid leakage.

Marshmallow Root Tea

Sometimes called “aloe vera for the stomach,” marshmallow root tea is available at health food stores and some larger grocery stores. The ancient Greeks knew of the powers of this tea to soothe stomach problems, and research at the University of Victoria has shown that marshmallow root tea is as effective or more effective than antacids at relieving gastric reflux.

This tea acts as an anti-inflammatory, an emollient, a natural diuretic, and has great powers to soothe the nerves. Marshmallow root tea is often an ingredient in herbal teas meant to calm and provide relief from stress.

For more ideas on how to cure heartburn the holistic way, download the Reflux Remedy Report at refluxrememdy.com today!

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