Something I am often asked about is how to get rid of heartburn naturally. Because heartburn is actually very common and is something that often affects the whole family, with the help our Nourished Life Naturopath Mel I wanted to share some of her favourite natural heartburn remedies. While there is no natural cure for heartburn, some natural supplements and herbal teas may help while also maintaining other aspects of your wellbeing such as general gut health. Of course if symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
What causes heartburn?
To treat and find relief from heartburn, it's important to first understand what causes it. Heartburn, also known as indigestion or acid reflux, often occurs when we eat too much too quickly. The contents of your stomach, including the acids which break down food, can actually rise back up into the oesophagus (our "food pipe") and cause an uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest. This discomfort is temporary but if you suffer from heartburn after each meal it can become inconvenient and frustrating. It's also known to occur after indulging in too much coffee or alcohol, and may even be exacerbated by anxiety and stress. If heartburn is an issue for you, becomes regular or is affecting your daily life, be sure to visit your health care professional for a check-up.1
Natural remedies for acid reflux and heartburn
Frank Simple Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules
As recommended by our Naturopath Mel, the Frank Simple Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules may be an effective natural remedy for heartburn. These vegan capsules work to support gut health and pH balance thanks to the good bacteria and enzymes found in the raw, unfiltered 'mother' culture. Mel recommends taking one capsule 30 minutes before eating to support the digestive system.
Nature's Sunshine Slippery Elm Bark Powder
A wonderful all-round gut health food-supplement is the Nature's Sunshine Slippery Elm Bark Powder, which works to soothe the digestive tract. This calming powder is made from pure Slippery Elm Bark, known for its naturally anti-inflammatory properties. Slippery Elm Bark also contains mucilage to help provide a barrier in the gut which may work to absorb impurities and bad bacteria. Take one teaspoon in a glass of water three times daily.
Supercharged Food Love Your Gut Powder
Previously called Heal your Gut powder, this is one of our favourite multi-tasking health food-supplements is the Supercharged Food Love Your Gut Powder. This simply food-grade 100% fossil shell flour (technically called Diatomaceous Earth) and it works by naturally sweeping our system of impurities. Add one tablespoon twice a day to water, juice, smoothies, cereal, baking, cooking... anything you want! You can find out more about the Love Your Gut powder by reading our Frequently Asked Questions on the Love Your Gut Powder with Lee Holmes.
Natural tea for digestion
Pukka Tea - Relax
It's worth adding a soothing tea into your routine daily, I love the Pukka Tea - Relax as it combines soothing and anti-inflammatory Chamomile, Fennel Licorice and Marshmallow Root, wonderful to help with digestion after a big meal, plus it's free from caffeine so a great choice for after dinner.
Source: 1 BetterHealth.