Have you felt the burn that feels like a volcano has erupted in your stomach, all the way up your throat? Heartburn is no joke and experienced by many. At times it may become worse, especially during pregnancy or stress. Reaching for an over-the-counter medication can seem tempting. Did you know that you may actually be making the matter worse for the long-term? Today, we’ll discuss some tips to treat heartburn naturally.
There are many misconceptions about how and why heartburn occurs. As explained on WebMD, the most important one is that you have too much acid. Makes sense because it sure feels like it, right? Its actually scientifically proven that those who experience heartburn have too little acid. Well, it’s true and here’s what you can do about it!
What is Heartburn
Heartburn is actually a type of indigestion and is experienced as a burning sensation in the chest area which is caused by stomach acid rising up into the esophagus. A well-known doctor of digestive health, Dr Jonathan Wright, explains in his book “Why Stomach Acid is Good for you” that stomach acid signals your lower esophageal sphincter which separates the stomach from the oesophagus, to close up tight when the stomach has enough acid to digest the food. When there is not enough acid, this signal is not received properly, leading to the sphincter not closing as tightly as it should. This causes acid and undigested food to creep up, causing that dreaded heartburn sensation.
A low stomach acid level also slows down the digestive process, and the food that is there creates a pressure-causing gas build-up. This process also causes the food and acid to rise up into the oesophagus. If you are pregnant, you may experience this more often as there is less space in the abdomen for gas build-up (more about that and how to feel better during your pregnancy here).
Natural Remedies for Heartburn
If you have been taking antacids for quite some time, or even prescriptive medications, you may need to be patient and still take your medications until your stomach acid levels are restored. But there is hope and it can be done!
Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Juice:
These two substances help to increase the stomach’s acid content so choose one which is more attractive to you. There are plenty of other benefits for your body by taking any of these two too. If you chose the Lemon juice, make sure it’s fresh and 2 tablespoons with a small amount of water will be sufficient. Using apple cider vinegar, it is recommended to take 2 teaspoons with a glass of water, every 5 minutes, until the heartburn subsides.
For a quick fix, rather turn to Baking Soda. This very versatile product also has many uses. It makes for a great skin exfoliation treatment, foot soak, freshens breath and neutralizes an acidic ph. Some even link it to cancer treatment and prevention. For heartburn relief, mix 1 teaspoon into half a glass of water and repeat a few minutes later if your problem persists.
Regular, abdominal massage (even more so when using the Bellabaci Cupping Massage System) helps to increase stomach acid, peristalsis and removal of gas build-up. Just a few minutes in the shower or bath is all you need, or combine it with our natural treatment gel-oil, the Bye Bye Belly Blues Genie in a Bottle to facilitate movement and to deliver professional results.
For a quick fix, squeeze your soft cup and set it down in the middle of your breast-bone, just above where your abdomen starts by your diaphragm. Leave stationary for a few minutes and remove. This placement cupping procedure may leave a temporary “cup kiss”, but that is a small price to pay when the fires start!