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Home Remedies for Heartburn

Home Remedies for Heartburn

If you’re struggling with the frustrating symptoms of acid reflux, more commonly called heartburn, you aren’t alone. Over 60 million US adults suffer from painful heartburn each and every month. 

If you’re getting these symptoms almost every day, you could be one of the one-quarter of Americans with a chronic condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). At Urgent Care of Ada in Ada, Oklahoma, our board-certified providers can evaluate your symptoms and help you get the care you need.   

In the meantime, you can take steps to help manage your heartburn and reduce its effects on your daily activities, diet, and sleep. Here’s a look at our best home remedy tips to help you gain control over the discomfort of heartburn. 

1. Pay attention to the foods you eat

Certain foods cause heartburn, or acid reflux, in many people. If you’re someone who struggles with frequent heartburn, it’s helpful to know the regular culprits. The most common foods that trigger heartburn include:

Paying attention to what you eat and how food makes you feel may help you identify the foods that trigger your acid reflux symptoms so that you can eliminate them from your diet. 

2. Stay away from carbonated beverages

You might think the bubbles in carbonated beverages could settle your stomach, but the truth is that fizzy beverages often trigger the abdominal pain and discomfort of heartburn. 

Carbonation can cause the acid from your stomach to bubble up into your throat. As a result, you experience the uncomfortable burning sensation of heartburn. 

Cutting carbonated drinks, like soft drinks and sodas, seltzer water, and beer, from your diet often helps control your heartburn symptoms. 

3. Prop up your head while you sleep

Sleeping on your back can allow the acid from your stomach to flow into your esophagus. As a result, you might find yourself waking up during the night because of the pain of heartburn.   

 

Making some changes to your sleeping position can keep the contents of your stomach from creeping up and triggering heartburn while you sleep. Try propping up your head with extra pillows to help. You can also try using bed frame extenders or a foam wedge to keep your head elevated. 

4. Lose those extra pounds

You know being overweight isn’t good for your overall health. But did you know that carrying extra body weight puts added pressure on your stomach and increases your risk of acid reflux? 

Improve your health and your heartburn symptoms by working to drop those unwanted pounds. This helps ease the pressure on your stomach and helps you manage your heartburn symptoms.  

5. Don’t eat close to bedtime

If your heartburn seems to hit as soon as you get in bed and try to sleep, you could be eating too close to bedtime. It takes an hour or more for your stomach to digest the foods you eat and move them into the next part of your digestive system.

One of the simplest home remedies for managing heartburn is eating your last meal, snack, or dessert at least two to three hours before you go to bed. This gives your stomach a chance to move things along and reduces the chances of getting heartburn. 

If you’ve tried these home remedies and still can’t get relief from your heartburn symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Urgent Care of Ada.

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