Heartburn is an irritating or burning sensation felt in the chest as a result of re-entering or regurgitation of  highly acidic stomach content back to the esophagus.

Heartburn if not well treated may lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Things that trigger heartburn
Acidic foods
Alcoholic drinks
carbonated beverages
Fatty foods such as fries foods and some baked foods
Use of aspirin

Health implications of heart burn

The esophagus may become damaged
The lungs might be infected
Difficulty in sleeping
Difficulty in swallowing
It may lead to constant chest pain

How to stop heartburn

1. Eat health foods

Different things can cause heart burn for different people.

Take note of what spurs yours and what food calms it. Then, make good choices when selecting meals.

Remember we are what we eat. If you eat meals that trigger your heartburn then it will always accompany you wherever you go.
Avoid carbonated drinks because they are major trigger of heartburn.

2. Take alkaline water

Opt for alkaline water with pH range of 8 to 9.5. Before drinking water check its pH level.

Highly alkaline water will give a soothing effect on  your stomach. Since it will automatically neutralize the effects of the acid in the stomach.

Even when alkaline water seems inaccessible, it is better to make yours at home.

Alkaline water can be prepared by simply mixing lemon juice with drinking water. Try it out at home anytime.

3. Stop smoking

It's high time you stopped smoking if it part of you. You already know that smoking isn't good for the health, so also, smoking can trigger heartburn more than anything.

4. Maintain straight position

Heart burn may strike at any point in time. It is often advisable to sit up or stand straight when experiencing heart burn.

However, if it strikes at night, it becomes impossible to sleep why standing up.

The best way out is to employ elevation therapy.

Simply elevate your bed to about 7inches. By so doing, the content of the stomach will not reflux to the heart but stays in the stomach in peace.
When sleeping, Sleep on your left side, this technically takes stomach content further away from the esophagus.

6. Chew gum

Do you know saliva is highly alkaline in nature? Do you also know that saliva can neutralize acid in the stomach?

That's why you are recommended to chew gum. Because chewing gum produce high volume of saliva which when swallowed will calm the raging acid flux in the stomach.  

Therefore, chewing sugar and mint free gum is highly recommended.

7. Take medication

There are numerous medications that can reverse the effects of acid flux in the stomach.

There are called antacids. They are numerous antacids over the pharmacy shelves but ensure, you follow your doctor's prescription when purchasing one.

Dissolving Baking soda in water is one of the home remedies for acid burns especially when there is no handy drug at home.

All you need to do is to dissolve  a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water, then home made antacid is ready. However caution must be applied when taking it.

9. Apple cider vinegar

Study showed that drinking diluted apple cider vinegar helps to alleviate the effects of acid reflux in the stomach. Dilute apple cider vinegar with water and drink after each meal.

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