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February 8, 2011

Heartburn Natural Cure

To find a heartburn natural cure, you really don’t have to look much further than your own home and pantry. Sometimes the easiest methods are right at your fingertips and are just waiting for you to try.

Reactive Cures

If you already have heartburn, you will want a more reactive solution to help get rid of your pain as soon as possible. Try one, or even a combination, of these techniques to help put out your heartburn fire.

  • Try eating an apple after meals. People with frequent heartburn have found some success with this simple course of action.
  • Similarly, a handful of almonds after meals can help ease heartburn.
  • Fennel or chamomile tea is also good for calming an upset stomach due to heartburn.
  • Ginger is excellent for settling stomachs and has been used for ages for just that purpose. You can try it in tea or as candied ginger with much the same effect.
  • Often a tall glass of water is all it takes to get rid of unwanted heartburn. The liquid helps to wash acid, and the pain that goes along with it, away.
  • Papaya can help to dissolve food in your stomach and keep acid production from getting out of hand. It contains enzymes that help break foods down, making the digestive process go that much more smoothly.

Proactive Cures

If you’re fairly prone to heartburn, you may want to take a more proactive course of action, and prevent heartburn before it has a chance to take hold.

  • Stress can be blamed for all kinds of health related ailments, including heartburn. For the most natural cure of all for your heartburn, simply calm down. That can be easier said than done when there’s a deadline looming, bills to be paid, kids to discipline, and other problems waiting in the wings to rear their ugly faces. However, they will always be there, and how you deal with them can help you to live a longer, happier and healthier life. So, relax. Start treating yourself to regular massages. Add exercise to your daily routine. Make a habit of listening to soothing music at work. Do whatever it takes to keep your stress levels down and your heartburn will stay away.
  • Food is a major cause of heartburn, so try these simple techniques when consuming food to keep it in check.
  • Be careful of what you eat, and avoid foods that you know will upset your heartburn. Don’t have a clue what causes your heartburn? Think it happens randomly? It may not be as random as you think. Start keeping a log of your meals, and the next time you get heartburn you’ll be able to narrow down the cause. This method can help you to easily identify relationships between food and heartburn, so that you can alter your diet accordingly.
  • Don’t over eat. Eating one large meal a day can be harmful to your digestive tract as it scrambles to break all that food down. Try eating smaller meals spread out over the course of the day instead of one or two large meals. That way your body won’t overproduce acid and you can eat without fear of impending heartburn doom.
  • Don’t eat before bed. If you still have food in your stomach when you lie down, it makes it difficult for the body to keep that food where it is. This means acids and food escape and can irritate your esophagus. To keep that from happening, don’t eat less than two hours before you lie down, even if it’s just for a nap.

These are only a few of the ways you can approach a heartburn natural cure. For more tips and tricks, visit today and get on your way to being heartburn free holistically!

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January 21, 2011

Foods That Trigger Acid Reflux and Heartburn

There are a number of foods that trigger acid reflux and heartburn. Although everyone is different certain foods cause acid reflux more often, and more commonly, than others. Additionally, how much you eat, and when you eat can also trigger the effects of acid reflux.

Traditionally, onions, garlic, highly acidic fruits and juices (like citrus), caffeine and alcohol are all known to cause some type of heartburn (mild or severe) in a vast number of people. Additionally, foods that are difficult to digest like fatty foods (fast food), whole milk products, and ground beef can also cause some level of heart burn.

However, you may have your own triggers that upset your stomach a great deal, but don’t bother anyone else. To help you identify these causes, keep a food journal. That just means you should write down what you eat, when you eat, and how much you ate each time you sit down for a meal or a snack. That will help you to know exactly what you’ve eaten in the last few hours since your most recent bout of heartburn. If there are any trends, you’ll be able to easily point to them because you’ve been keeping track of your meals.

Regardless of what you’re eating, you can still get a mean case of heartburn if you eat too much of it. Have you ever heard of too much of a good thing? If you flood your stomach with food all at once, that sends it into acid production overdrive, and you may find that an upset stomach is the least of your problems. Keep this from happening by eating smaller meals more often. That way you’re still getting the same amount of nutrition, but you’re making it easier for your digestive system to process.

Additionally, when you eat can impact your heartburn pain. If you eat too close to bed time, or right before you lie down for a nap, that can be a sure fire way to trigger acid reflux, even if you just ate some whole grain toast, something that shouldn’t cause heartburn in the first place. This is because when you lay down, gravity can no longer help your body keep food down in the stomach. That allows acid and food to wander up into your esophagus, which results in pain and irritation. So, just try not to eat so close to bed time. Food should be consumed two hours or more prior to lying down to avoid an attack of acid indigestion. If this rule can’t be followed, then try propping yourself up with an extra pillow to provide your body with something resembling a more natural alignment of your digestive tracts, and attempt to keep foods down in your stomach where they belong.

If you’re looking for more information about foods that trigger acid reflux and heartburn, why they trigger those conditions, and how you can naturally relieve those symptoms, check out The Reflux Remedy Report. It contains a whole host of information about heartburn, as well as holistic tips and tricks for being heartburn free. Visit today to learn more.

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January 6, 2011

Heartburn and Water

When some people are suffering from heartburn, the last thing they tend to reach for is a glass of water, especially when we’re talking about severe heartburn pain. However, water can often be a very effective way to resolve heartburn.

Heartburn happens when stomach acids are allowed to escape the stomach and make their way into the esophagus. This causes pain and discomfort that often radiates from the stomach or mid chest area through the neck. It can be accompanied by burping, reflux (which means acid makes its way all the way into the mouth), and hiccuping.

Heartburn’s Causes

Heartburn has a number of causes, ranging from foods to clothing and stress.

Everyone has their own food triggers for heartburn, and frequent heartburn sufferers might want to keep a log of what they eat in order to identify their specific triggers. However, some common heartburn instigators are caffeine, alcohol, garlic and citrus fruits.

Your daily habits can also cause heartburn. If you go to bed right after eating, stomach acid can creep up into your esophagus, causing heartburn. To avoid this, try sleeping propped up a bit, or just don’t eat less than 2 hours before bed. Additionally, don’t overeat. Large meals are more difficult for the body to digest, and can cause acid to back up. Smaller, more frequent meals are an excellent way to prevent heartburn before it happens.

Don’t wear clothes that are too tight for you. Constraints on the stomach can force stomach acid into the esophagus even if you’re eating all the right foods.

Smoking also causes heartburn, in addition to all the other potentially fatal health problems it causes.

Stress can easily cause the body to go into overdrive when it comes to acid production, so try to stay as calm as possible to avoid feeling the burn later in the day. Take deep breaths, listen to soothing music, try some yoga, count to 10, do whatever you need to in order to keep stress at bay.

Pouring Water on the Fire

Staying properly hydrated is a constant battle for many people. Recommended portions of water continuously change, and vary from person to person. Generally speaking though, you should drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Practicing this technique can help keep a number of conditions at bay, including heartburn. It works by keeping toxins out of your body by diluting them or flushing them away.

This also applies to stomach acid. When it comes to heartburn, drinking a large glass of water can help to wash stomach acids that are causing pain and discomfort away. It’s such a simple solution most people overlook in favor of popping an antacid.

However, depending on the cause of your heartburn an antacid may not always work, especially if your heartburn is due to dehydration. Occasionally, your body will signal dehydration with heartburn, and if you simply pop an antacid your problem won?t be solved and most likely your symptoms won’t be relieved.

When it comes to relief, heartburn and water go hand in hand. For more tips on relieving heartburn naturally, read The Reflux Remedy Report at today.


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December 23, 2010

Calm Acid Reflux

For the many people who feel the burn, ways to calm acid reflux are often at the fore front of their minds. What can you do to relieve the pain, the burning, the burping and indigestion? Actually, there’s quite a bit you can do, and a lot of it doesn’t require a trip to the doctor’s office.

Why medications might not be the answer

Over the counter antacids can help with the occasional acid reflux, but they are in no way meant to be taken over an extended period. In fact, none of them are meant to be taken for more than two weeks without doctor supervision, even though some of the commercials may make statements like “By day 14 I was acid reflux free!

Prescription medicines can be helpful as they target specific areas. For example, one type of prescription medication will stop the production of stomach acid, while others will block the acid production process altogether. These can be a good solution as they target specifically what is causing your acid reflux, however it’s an expensive solution. You’ll be tied to a prescription that has to be refilled every month for the rest of your life. With the cost of drugs going up all the time, and insurances constantly pulling back how much they’ll cover, it can become a huge financial commitment rather quickly.

So, what are your other options?

What you can do to calm acid reflux

Calming acid reflux can actually be easier than you might think. Here are a few tips you can try at home before or during an acid reflux attack.

  • Drink water, and lots of it. A large glass of water can often be very helpful when it comes to relieving pain from acid reflux. Something this simple may seem like it’s just too easy, but the water helps to dilute acids in your stomach and wash them through your digestive system more quickly, so they can’t cause as much irritation and damage.
    • Additionally, try mixing a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in the water to help prevent an attack of acid reflux. If you’re already experiencing it, just swallow the apple cider vinegar undiluted for faster relief.
  • Teas can also be quite helpful in calming the stomach and soothing acid reflux. Ginger, Fennel and Chamomile teas are all known to settle indigestion and help cool a stomach burning associated with acid reflux.
  • Eat an apple. The saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away didn’t come without any basis of truth. Some people have found an apple before or after a meal helps prevent or get rid of acid reflux.
  • Try papaya. Papaya has a digestive enzyme that assists in breaking down food, which prevents acid buildup. Taking a papaya enzyme tablet immediately before or after a meal can help prevent reflux, while taking one during an attack can help soothe it.

Explore these and many other natural ways to calm acid reflux in The Reflux Remedy Report. There you’ll find countless holistic remedies for heartburn and the reasons they work. Visit today to find out more.

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