Heartburn can be a frustrating blight on any person’s day. The annoyance is caused by regurgitation of stomach acid into the food pipe (acid reflux), which results in pain and irritation of its sensitive lining. Heartburn can be caused by a wide variety of factors from pregnancy and obesity, to stress and certain foods. The triggers can be different from person to person so it’s worth taking the time to monitor what you eat or your stress levels to help identify and treat the root cause. In the meantime, there are some short term and longer-term natural remedies you could adopt to manage the painful symptoms of heartburn.
SHORT TERM REMEDIES
These are a few simple things some people have found helpful in the short-term, when suffering from heartburn:
- Chamomile: although more research is needed, chamomile tea may have a soothing effect on the digestive tract. However, this should be avoided if you have a ragweed allergy.
- Liquorice: several studies have shown this to be effective and it may increase the mucus coating of the oesophagus, which makes it more resistant to the irritation caused by regurgitated stomach acid. Deglycyrrhizinated liquorice is available as a supplement; this has had the majority of the glycyrrhizin removed, as this compound can have harmful effects if too much is ingested.