There are natural ways to get rid of heartburn. Have you ever felt that the only one who is benefiting from your acid reflux is the drug companies that you throw endless amounts of money at to try to relieve your pain and suffering? Trust me, you are not alone in this belief. Many people have tried to find ways of helping themselves reduce their pain.
One of the best approaches to take with any disease is an overall look at what your current diet and lifestyle is like and break it down into areas that can do with improvement. The outcome of potentially better health is certainly worth the effort involved in appraising your current situation.
Here is a list of natural ways to get rid of heartburn that have been proven effective. Some of these tips may not be popular, but they are without a doubt effective.
1. Change Your Diet
Things to consider as your review you diet and make changes are reducing how much caffeine you take in – soda, coffee, alcohol. Also, be aware of all the foods that contain a high level of acid – pineapples, citrus fruits, and tomatoes to name a few. One final thing to take into consideration as you make changes to your diet is reducing the amount of fatty foods you consume.
2. Give up smoking
This is probably hard to even consider for some people, but smoking increases your chances of experiencing heartburn by 70%. So this one comes down to which makes you feel better, smoking or not having heartburn.
3. Start a healthy exercise program
Being overweight is a huge contributor to experiencing heartburn. Getting active and moving around also helps with the digestion process.
4. Lifestyle changes
One thing that causes heartburn is lying down after a big meal. This should be avoided. Perhaps you can couple tip number 3 with this tip, and take a brisk walk after dinner. Another thing you should try to do is not eat up to 2 hours before going to sleep. When you do go to bed, sleep with your head elevated 6-8 inches.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
This natural remedy has been used by many for years. It is believed to help with many conditions such as allergies, acne, flu, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, dermatitis, sore throats, gout, arthritis and acid reflux. It usually is not effective instantly, so give it a little time for it to work. This natural remedy is much cheaper than most of the over the counter or prescription medications.
If you are honest with yourself these five simple lifestyle tips may help you combat the negative effects of acid reflux in your life. By making these changes in your life, you are starting your own healing journey and taking control of your own life. A life free of discomfort is certainly worth making the changes.