To most people, heartburn is considered minor in comparison to other ailments that plague us. This is not always true. Although the ailment is common, most people do not understand the severity of the problems that occurs from long-term indigestion. Medically speaking, heartburn is also known as GERD, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease. Prolonged indigestion or heartburn will cause the lining of the esophagus to weaken when these acids seep back into the esophagus and in most cases, do not cause the sufferer concern.
When we feel heartburn or what we sometimes call an “upset stomach”, we generally reach for the over-the-counter antacids that are readily available to give us relief. Researchers have now questioned the effectiveness and long lasting effects the antacids have on our stomachs. These antacids generally breakdown or suppress the acids causing heartburn, and leave the stomach with not the necessary acids needed to breakdown solids we ingest. If we choose not to use drugs we look towards natural remedies that we use in everyday in our daily lives. These resources do not cause any after-effects or harm and when used with caution, can help us to lead a healthier lifestyle. These resources are easy to get and are easy to understand because we use them everyday.
What we all must do everyday regardless of heartburn is to drink plenty of water. I usually drink about 5 16oz bottles of water everyday. I use a water purifier that comes from my refrigerator to refill the bottles. This helps keep the water clean and helps balance the PH level in the stomach. Two other natural cures for heartburn are peppermint and ginger. It is recommended that you take ginger. You may take ginger as it is or disguise it with other delicate foods or liquids. Another natural cure you may take a cross between water mint and spearmint known as peppermint. Peppermint can easily be taken with other liquids and helps neutralize the stomach acids reducing the effects of acid reflux and heartburn.
You may also want to try apple cider vinegar. This can be taken with a variety of drinks. Preventing acid reflux is the best method to take before it happens. Try to avoid spicy foods or spicy ingredients in your food.
Always seek medical advice before taking on any diet or program that you feel will help you alleviate heartburn or indigestion.