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7 Home Remedies for Heartburn

By Caroline Murray
January 25, 2016
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Are you suffering from heartburn? These simple at-home acid reflux cures may save you a trip to the pharmacy.

Natural heartburn remedies

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The good news: There's a lot you can do to control heartburn at home. While over-the-counter heartburn medications are very effective, home remedies can also help you get much-needed relief. Whether you've overindulged in a spicy dish or eaten too much fatty food, these at-home remedies for painful heartburn symptoms may help soothe the burn and put your belly at ease—no trip to the pharmacy necessary.

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Chewing gum

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Besides eliminating garlic breath, chewing gum after a meal might have other advantages, research suggests. In a small study from the Journal of Dental Research, people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms experienced heartburn relief when they chewed a piece of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal.

"" says study author Rebecca Moazzez, DPhil, clinical the 1 last update 2020/02/22 lecturer in King's College London's department of restorative dentistry. """" says study author Rebecca Moazzez, DPhil, clinical lecturer in King's College London's department of restorative dentistry. ""

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Baking soda

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"" says Jacqueline Wolf, MD, associate professor the 1 last update 2020/02/22 of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. """" says Jacqueline Wolf, MD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. ""

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Licorice

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Although research is limited, licorice could ease heartburn and get to the source of the problem, says Susan Blum, MD, founder and director of the Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, N.Y.

"" Dr. Blum says. Instead, she says, licorice has natural stomach healing properties. Eating a lot of licorice, however, can also have serious side effects like high blood pressure, so look for DGL licorice. (It does not contain the potentially dangerous glycyrrhizic acid.)

Dr. Blum suggests trying chewable DGL licorice tablets before meals, which are available at most natural-food stores. There are even brands that do not taste like licorice.

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Aloe

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Aloe, a plant usually used to soothe burns, could do the same thing for stomachs, says Victor Sierpina MD, professor of integrative and family medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston, and author of The Healthy Gut Workbook.

Aloe vera juice reduces inflammation so "" Dr. Sierpina says.

He recommends drinking 1/2 cup before meals, but warns that the juice can be a laxative. Look for brands that say for 1 last update 2020/02/22 the laxative component has been removed.He recommends drinking 1/2 cup before meals, but warns that the juice can be a laxative. Look for brands that say the laxative component has been removed.

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Slippery elm

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Despite limited research, slippery elm has been used in herbal remedies for centuries to treat a variety of illnesses, including GERD symptoms. This tree extract thickens the layer of mucous lining the stomach, says Dr. Blum, creating a stronger barrier against acid.

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Sleep on your left side

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If you’re prone to nighttime acid reflux, you may want to rethink your sleep position. Many doctors suggest sleeping on an incline, which (as with your post-meal posture), may help keep stomach contents in the stomach. But the side you sleep on may also play a role.

“There’s evidence you could have less acid reflux while sleeping on your left side,” says Dr. Khan.

In fact, many of Dr. Khan's patients who made the switch to sleeping on their left sides after previously sleeping mainly on their backs or right sides have seen a noticeable improvement in their heartburn symptoms, he says. Some research seems to back up the idea that sleeping on your right side can make heartburn symptoms worse: In a 2008 review of GERD studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that sleeping on the right side seemed to aggravate symptoms.

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Watch your posture

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After scarfing down a hearty meal, you may be tempted to slump into a food coma, but that could be making your heartburn worse.

"" says Abraham Khan, MD, a gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Even better: Instead of lying on the couch after a big meal, stand up and get some housework done or go for a relaxing walk. This will keep the acid in your stomach, well, in your stomach, Dr. Khan explains. Keeping your body vertical for three hours after dinner can help keep nighttime heartburn symptoms at bay, he says.

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