I started having heartburn from eating sausage or citrus products. I took hcl tabs and it helped but didn't cure it. I went years without drinking milk because I brought into the vegan trend. Well once I started drinking milk a few times a week and eating yogurt I noticed my heartburn went away completely. I can now eat what I want. You can add it to your oatmeal or chai tea for breakfast.
I had chronic heartburn too (like 6-8 Tums Ultra a day chronic) and was not about to start monkeying with my acid pumps. I went gluten free and have not had heartburn since. If I cheat, I get horrific heartburn and feel generally colicky
Digestive Enzymes and Sauerkraut
My husband and I take Digestive Enzymes as they help replenish our depleting stomach enzymes. Taken before or with meals 2/3 capsules. Enzymes break down food in the stomach and eliminates digestive issues and pass waste more easily and quickly. You can get plant based enzymes and enzymes for meat eaters. This makes all the difference in the world. My husband had heartburn for many many years...Now a thing of the past.
Also eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut is hugely beneficial.
One of my teenage sons had heartburn last night and had had it since after lunch. He very rarely has heartburn. He has made the connection that he gets heartburn if he eats fast. (Which he rarely does, but apparently he at lunch fast yesterday.)
This does make sense. Chewing food adequately gets the digestion process started off right. Saliva helps with breaking down of the food.
Eating fast will also make you more likely to eat more that your need, which also contributes to heartburn.
I find that if I am stressed or in a hurry, my food does not sit well with me. I am better off waiting until I can eat slowly and enjoy my food.
~Mama to Many~
My hubby was having issues with heartburn and acid reflux, he thought he was having a heart attack at one point. He went to a doc in Canada and after she checked him over she asked if he drank a lot of coffee and he said yes. She told him to try not drinking coffee for a week and if that didn't help come back and see her. Well, as it turns out it did help. Kick the coffee and see how you feel in a week ;o}
I stopped using sugar in January 2009, my heartburn stopped completely - this was a side effect for me. I am 72.
Food and Beverage Separation Method
I had heartburn before and it was like 6 times a day when it was most serious. I tried ACV and honey and the heartburn became once in a few days gradually, about after two months. But it didn't go away. I learned a separation of beverages and food method. My heartburn was gone since the first day I started. It also cured my stomachache and irregular period problem. The method is no drinking two hours before any meal and during the meal and two hours after the meal. So, it's like no drink four and a half hour. Two hours after meal, I can drink as much as I want. But I don't drink too much.
I am using the more serious method that no drink in the morning until two hours after dinner. I am taking alternate lunch for first two months, then every three months. So, have no lunch one month and have lunch in the next month. Then have no lunch for three months and have lunch for the next three months. Now it is my fourth month since I started. My stomach problem never appear again and I lost ten pounds. I can eat whatever I want now. I don't know how long will I last this method but separation drink and food will stay with me for long term.
This method suggests not taking any honey, sugar, and no soup, no pork, no cold drinks or cold food, and no water melon. Once a while, I also violated the rules like eating snack, drink little water, etc. It depends on you how serious you want to take. The method also suggests cancer patients to take two meals a day. So I thought it must be worked for me because I don't have cancer.
It's principle is that the body has its strength to cure any disease as long as it has the heated chi. Digestion required a lot of energy. So the chi was used most of the time for digestion and can't go to cure other organs or any other part of the body. So, the key is separation of food and drink, and don't overeat.
I thought I was experiencing severe heartburn at 5am in the morning. It was unbearable and I could not sit, lie or stand still. The only thing that helped was to walk around outside, but that only lasted for a few moments. I decided to drive to the hospital ER with my wife. Once inside the ER admitting area, they asked me to sign a few forms, but before I could, I told the admissions person I was feeling lightheaded, and at that point passed out. I woke up in the ER room with several people attending me. It turns out that my heartburn was the prelude to a massive heart attack, where I had to be revived with CPR and the shock pads. They said I had left them for a few moments. Thank God I decided to go to the ER, something I was very reluctant to do. But now I know, that at the slightest signs of a heartburn, or any thing related to the heart, to call 911 immediately. I hope this helps many people who think they are experiencing what they feel is severe heartburn. Hopefully in everyone elses case it is only heartburn, and not the onset of a heart attack. I feel very blessed to be alive to be able to relay this message. Eat Healthy. Live Healthy. Stay Healthy.
I have recently been diagnosed with acid indigestion and am waiting for an endoscopy end of week. In the meantime, I'm on an OTC heartburn med and antacids. Until it kicked in a couple of days ago, I felt nausea, upset stomach and fullness after every meal. If I didn't eat, I felt OK. Then spent 2 days eating nothing but rice, rice toast, rice cereal, rice milk and poached chicken. That's about all my stomach could handle. Since the meds, I've been able to eat more good foods but I don't want to stay on the meds after reading all of the negative side effects. Am interested in ACV and aloe vera gell. There are many varying amounts suggested to use of both items but I haven't noticed a suggested timeline as to when to take these things. I'm determined not to have to take drugs for this problem. Thanks.
Heartburn: Ginger all the way! Crystallized ginger, a true Jamaican ginger brew (soda), ginger tea, or powdered ginger caps taken with a complimentary herbal tea meant for tummy troubles; it all works. I prefer the crystallized ginger or ginger brew, myself. Soothes beyond the pain/burn; soothes the entire digestive tract. Helps digest whatever might happen to be lingering in the stomach. Removes wind, in both ways, if you catch my drift. I always have some on hand, though I rarely get actual heartburn. It's pretty much good for any type of maldigestion, and good as a preventative, as well.
HEARTBURN RELIEF - Easy, Fast and Cheap! Had heartburn and tried ginger ale. Worked as soon as I swallowed it.
It may work because of the carbonation and not the ginger. If that is so then any carbonated beverage ( ie root beer, cola, etc. ) would work. Please try these alternatives and let me know. Thanks.
Ginger, Honey, Aloe Vera or Baking Soda
Ginger and honey is good to me but apple cider vinegar is not good to me it will make my stomach more upset and more heavy... by reading some of the post remedy of GERD, heartburn cases have different causes some are hernia problem and apple cider vinegar is good for them but for gastritis, ulcer etch.. caused of heartburn is not good for us... i feel better in baking soda, aloe vera, ginger, honey.
I use Glutamine also sold as L Glutamine (an amino acid) for heartburn. It does not taste great but works right away. About a teaspoon in a small glass of water does it.
Hi, I stumbled across this site at work today and have been reading all the great remedies on it. However, I see ACV works for a number of things mainly heartburn. I just thought that I should also comment on how Lemon juice is great for AR/Heartburn. I heard about this as an old folk storie from my Grandmother.
What you do is take a small glass, and just fill the bottom of the glass with Lemon Juice, then dilute it with about a half or a quarter full with water. Then gulp it down in one go. It works like a charm for me, and I must admit I have tried almost every other remedy out there, most of which only gave temporary relief.
Lie On Your Left Side
Lie on left side for GERD, heartburn, stomach virus, etc.
I have had stomach problems since birth with terrible heartburn. I have a hiatal hernia and GERD. When I can't afford NEXIUM because it's $1 per pill I use ACV but I also read somewhere that I should lie on my left side when resting and sleeping and it makes an unbelievable difference. It's also better for your heart and blood pressure, especially when pregnant. Let me know if it also helps ya'll.