Heartburn and indigestion (also known as acid reflux) make millions of people miserable.
Continuous digestive problems can be a symptom of overeating, bad food choices or something more serious.
What Is Heartburn?
Although it may not sound like it, heartburn is a painful condition involving the upper digestive system, not the heart.
The pain often radiates from the middle of the chest, and so symptoms are often confused with those of a heart attack The fact is that heartburn, or acid reflux, is a condition linked to indigestion and excess stomach acid.
Thankfully, simple changes in the foods you eat can provide relief:
Avoid These Foods
A number of foods can trigger heartburn or indigestion by relaxing the band of muscles at the end of your esophagus so it can’t keep out stomach acid.
By avoiding spicy foods with pepper or chili powder, garlic and raw onions, citrus foods like tomatoes, oranges, and grapefruits, fried or fatty foods, alcohol or anything with caffeine such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, heartburn and indigestion can be greatly lessened or avoided.
Foods that Encourage Healthy Digestion
Just as there are foods that can worsen indigestion, there are also foods that can help heartburn and stomach upset.
For overall healthy digestion and to minimize acid reflux, make sure you get plenty of fiber from a variety of vegetables, non-citrus fruits, and whole grains.
Drink enough fluids to help your body absorb important nutrients and lubricate food waste, and use low-fat methods when cooking.
Try drinking herbal chamomile tea after dinner or before bedtime, as it’s believed to have a calming effect on the stomach.
Eat Less, More Frequently – And Stay Calm!
Smaller but more frequent meals can also help decrease heartburn and indigestion episodes.
Be sure to eat your meals and snacks in a calm, relaxed atmosphere where there’s little if any noise or distractions.
No Late-Night Snacking!
Don’t eat late at night or before going to bed. Lying down with a full stomach can cause stomach contents to press harder against the valve, increasing the chances of refluxed food.
Try to rather elevate your head at night, so that gravity helps to keep stomach contents from pressing against the valve.
What Are You Wearing?
Wear properly fitting clothing that isn’t tight in the waist and abdominal area, and don’t lie down immediately after eating a meal.
The Breakfast of Champions
Make your morning meal oatmeal. It’s high in fiber, low in saturated fat and cholesterol and when combined with skim milk, gives you a calcium-charged boost to your day. By adding blueberries or raisins you’ll be adding some extra iron and potassium into the mix for a well-balanced meal.
You can’t beat turkey if you want a lean, nutrient-packed protein source that’ll be easy on your stomach. Turkey is high in niacin, which helps lower cholesterol levels in the blood.
Chicken without the skin is also a terrific low-fat source of protein. Both are easy to cook either indoors or out.
Don’t Forget the Fruit!
Apples and grapes are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and are a great non-citrus fruit choice for vitamin C and fiber.
Natural Help for Heartburn
Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to soothe and calm fiery stomachs and to help prevent heartburn. Melissa officinalis is well known for its soothing and calming properties as well as being widely prescribed by herbalists for the relief of all complaints related to anxiety and stress, making it a great choice when treating gastrointestinal complaints.
Mentha Piperita is an herb from the mint family and has been used for many hundreds of years for relief of heartburn.
It relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract and stimulates the flow of natural digestive juices and bile, thereby assisting healthy digestion.
Nat sulph Is a homeopathic remedy used to help prevent nausea as well as the bitter taste in the mouth often associated with acid reflux and regurgitation.
Natural Remedy to Help Acid Reflux, Heartburn and GERD
Acid Free-Flux is a safe, non-addictive, FDA-registered natural remedy containing 100% homeopathic ingredients selected to relieve acid reflux and heartburn.
Acid Free-Flux safely maintains harmony, health and systemic balance in the stomach and digestive system, and soothes the lining of the stomach and esophagus, without harmful side effects.
This remedy contains a selection of homeopathic ingredients known to relieve burning sensations and indigestion after eating due to excessive acid.