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23 Old Fashioned Heartburn Remedies That Go To Work Fast

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Want To Get Rid Of Heartburn Fast? Try These Remedies

I feel fairly confident in assuming that ALL of you have probably experienced the pain of heartburn and acid reflux at some point. I used to get severe heartburn quite frequently when I was pregnant, and I still get it occasionally when I eat spicy foods. And of course, there are plenty of other factors that can trigger heartburn and other types of indigestion that vary from person to person.

Today’s post is all about heartburn, and how to avoid the pain and suffering that goes along with it! The first line of defense against heartburn is prevention, so we’ll explore some helpful tips & tricks for avoiding heartburn in the first place.

Then we’ll move onto a list of nearly two dozen natural remedies you can use at home to get rid of heartburn and acid reflux (also known as gastroesophageal reflux disorder, or GERD.) With as many tips as I’ve packed into this post, there’s sure to be at least a few heartburn remedies that work perfectly for you!

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Heartburn Basics: Symptoms, Prevention & Triggers

Common Symptoms Of Heartburn, Acid Reflux & GERD

  • A burning sensation in the chest and upper abdomen, particularly after eating a meal
  • The feeling of “throwing up in your mouth,” or the taste of a sour acidic liquid being regurgitated in your throat
  • The sensation of food being stuck in your throat
  • Unrelenting, long-lasting hiccups
  • Dry cough, often caused by the feeling of needing to clear something stuck in your throat
  • A feeling that food is not settling down into your stomach, leaving you feeling uncomfortably full

If experience these symptoms frequently (whether awake or while sleeping), take antacids or other heartburn medicines several times during a normal week, or if over-the-counter antacids or home remedies aren’t helping your acid reflux, you may have a more serious condition like GERD and should consult a trusted medical professional.

If your symptoms are within the normal range of severity and frequency, keep reading to discover my best tips for stopping heartburn fast, using natural remedies you may already have in your home!

Heartburn Prevention Tips

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so here are some tips can help you avoid getting heartburn in the first place:

  • Stop eating 2-3 hours before bedtime to give your stomach time to digest before you lie down.
  • Eat slowly and take smaller bites.
  • Follow a diet and exercise program to shed extra pounds, as excess abdominal fat can force stomach acids up into the esophagus and make heartburn worse.
  • Quit smoking, as smoking can reduce the effectiveness of the muscle that keeps stomach acids out of your esophagus.
  • Ditch those tight jeans, since they can put added pressure on the abdomen.
  • Avoid specific foods that trigger your heartburn (such as the ones listed below!)
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Foods & Drinks That Can Trigger Or Cause Heartburn

  • Spicy foods
  • Tomatoes
  • Citrus
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Fatty, oily, and fried foods

Now that we know how to prevent acid reflux and which heartburn-inducing foods to avoid, let’s talk about treating heartburn. Because try as you might, there are certain times when acid reflux just sneaks up on you out of the blue! Try out some of these natural antacids to find the best one for you.

23 Natural Heartburn Remedies That Get Rid Of Heartburn Fast

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1. Aloe Vera Juice

Just as aloe vera can provide a cooling effect on sunburns, it can also cool down acid reflux and provide heartburn relief. Aloe vera juice has been used in Europe for centuries as a natural antacid to get rid of heartburn! Make sure to find an aloe vera juice that is specifically labeled for internal use.

2. Pineapple Juice

Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps control levels of hydrochloric acid in your stomach. This causes it to act as a natural antacid. Drink 4 ounces of pineapple juice after a meal to help reduce hyperacidity and heartburn.

3. Vegetable Juice

Vegetable juices including potato, celery and cabbage are very alkaline, making them helpful for correcting stomach acid levels. And papaya juice contains papain, a digestive enzyme that has a soothing effect on the stomach and helps break down proteins.

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4. Apples

Apples are one of the best fruits you can choose to help get rid of heartburn. A single slice of apple can calm acid production and reduce the burning sensation in as little as 5 minutes! Braeburn and Gala apples work particularly well.

5. Bananas

Bananas are another antacid fruit that can be helpful in fighting heartburn. Both fresh and dried bananas can help reduce acid reflux.

6. Grapes

Grapes are very good at relieving indigestion, upset stomach, and heartburn. Eat 10 to 20 grapes for quick relief whenever you experience any type of digestion issue.

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Herbs & Spices

7. Basil

Basil leaves can help relieve heartburn, as well as soothe other digestion issues like nausea and gas. Chew 2 to 3 fresh basil leaves to regulate digestion and normalize stomach acid.

8. Chamomile

Chamomile tea has been used for a long time as a natural remedy to help neutralize stomach acid. It is not only a natural antacid but also a stress reliever and great for winding down before bedtime!

9. Cinnamon

Teas made of crushed cinnamon or cardamom can help cool the burning sensation associated with heartburn. Just add 1 teaspoon of either crushed or ground cinnamon to 1 cup boiling water. Steep for a few minutes, then strain and drink.

10. Fennel

According to herbalists, tea made from fennel seed, anise, or caraway can reduce acid reflux. Add 2 teaspoons of fennel seed (or anise, or caraway) to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain and drink.

11. Garlic

Although some people blame garlic as a cause of heartburn, it can actually be used as a natural remedy to get rid of heartburn. Using it can be as simple as chewing on a clove of garlic when heartburn occurs. You can also store a few cloves of garlic in apple cider vinegar, and drink a sip of the liquid when heartburn occurs.

12. Ginger

Fresh ginger is one of the oldest heartburn remedies, and can also be an effective treatment for nausea. When you begin to feel the effects of indigestion, combine 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of honey in 1 cup of warm water and drink.

Related: Using Fresh Ginger In A Recipe For Health And Happiness

13. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint essential oil is a common ingredient in over-the-counter heartburn medicines, and it makes a great home remedy too. Diffuse several drops of peppermint essential oil to help soothe heartburn and indigestion. You can also suck on a piece of peppermint candy for relief.

Related: Uses For Peppermint Essential Oil

14. Turmeric

Turmeric, a spice commonly found in curried foods, can help stimulate digestion and prevent acid buildup. If you don’t want to use turmeric in your cooking, you can also find it in capsule form to take as needed.

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15. Chewing Gum

Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which helps to wash away excess stomach acid in the esophagus. You can choose any kind of sugar-free gum, but fruit-flavored options might be better for those who find that mint aggravates their heartburn issues.

16. Licorice

DGL (or deglycyrrhizinated licorice) can help soothe heartburn by increasing mucus production, which helps protect the esophagus and stomach from acid. DGL usually comes in convenient chewable tablets you can take as needed to soothe acid reflux.

17. Candied Ginger

Similar to fresh ginger, candied ginger can also be used to get rid of heartburn. Just chew a piece after your meal to help stave off discomfort.

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Fridge & Pantry Staples

18. Almonds

Almonds are especially good for digestion because their high oil content helps to neutralize stomach acid. Eat a handful of almonds and wait about 30 minutes for your heartburn to disappear.

19. Apple Cider Vinegar

As surprising as it sounds, acidic apple cider vinegar can help calm heartburn and promote digestive health. Stir 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into 1/2 cup of water and drink immediately after a potentially heartburn-inducing meal. You can also find apple cider vinegar tablets if you’d prefer not to drink it.

20. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural antacid that can alleviate heartburn caused by acid reflux. Stir 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 cup of water, and drink to neutralize acid. (Avoid using this remedy if you experience heartburn regularly, as it is high in sodium.)

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21. Buttermilk

Drink 1/2 cup of ice cold buttermilk to help soothe heartburn. (Regular whole milk can help too, but the effects may not be as fast.) Adding fermented milk products like buttermilk into your regular diet can help correct acid reflux problems over time.

22. Mustard

Mustard is surprising and little-known natural remedy for heartburn. It’s supposed to work because of its turmeric content (which is what gives mustard its distinctive yellow color.) To soothe heartburn, add 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard to 1/2 cup of water and drink.

23. Potato

Potato juice not only helps to neutralize excess stomach acid, but it can also help heal the lining of your esophagus. Juice one raw potato and add to an equal amount of cold water. Stir well and drink right away for the best result.

If you have frequent or severe heartburn, talk to your doctor. It could be a symptom of a more serious condition.

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Natural Remedies

  • Apple cider vinegar capsules are readily available in the supplements section of grocery and drugstores and have the advantage of being easily transportable (keep a few in a pill case in purse or car).

  • Not all GERD is related to diet.

    Mine is caused by a “weak” sphincter (or whatever tissues are responsible for closing off my esophagus). My ENT says most people will not benefit from meds, which have very serious long-term consequences.

    In my case, I must not lie down within 3hrs of eating or drinking and I sleep on a slope (head at least 4″ higher than feet; propping the just the head or torso isn’t adequate). We use a queen wedge mattress, but until we got it, I just propped the feet at the head of our bed.

    Since I’ve been doing this, I no longer spend the day and night needing to clear my throat

  • 1 / 5 / 23

    What good timing here! My adult son has heartburn today. This information may have a solution for him. I just printed all of this out to keep for reference.
    Thank You for posting this.
    Sandra W.

  • I never suffered from heartburn until I was prescribed a drug with many side effects. One of the side affects is intense heartburn. I found a wonderful tea that really has worked wonders on the heartburn. Newman’s Own Turmeric and Ginger Tea is very tasty and when I drink it in the evening my heartburn is alleviated. Turmeric and ginger have so many health benefits.

  • Did you know that if you go to bed and usually have heartburn you should sleep on your left side. Due to gravity and the angle of the esophagus it keeps it in check. For added help prop your head up a little. Kombucha is also very good at relieving some of that heartburn when taken regularly. I use both of those remedies.

  • The majority of acid reflux sufferers rely only on expensive pills and medicines but these only have temporary results. Thankfully, nature herself has provided us with everything it takes to eliminate the problem.if you would like to get rid of acid reflux and never suffer from heartburn again,then This natural remedy Will Change Your Life For Good http://acidreflux.1remedy.net

  • This is SO awful to experience! I am on quite a few medications due to several pain issues, and I think that mine is due to that. (sorry to those who think pain med people are awful!) Anyway, I was waking up almost every single early morning with this nasty, burning stuff in the back of my throat! I know…probably should see a doc, but I will try anything first. I started taking a regular 8oz. glass with cold water and added 1-2T of apple cider vinegar and honey to taste. After about a week, and finally adjusting to the taste, I got relief. I could sleep later than 4-5 am and could sleep through the night. I now do this as needed, and seem to be doing OK. Worth a try…trust me! Oh, by the way, I always was taught that mustard and water were used to induce vomiting. Maybe that was an old-time remedy from my grandmother?

  • Since I started this program http://bit.ly/2NoAmqL, my acid reflux symptoms seem to be on the run. I have no chest pain or burning sensation after a meal (even a heavy one) and I have tossed away all those expensive pills that have never dealt with the underlying cause anyway. This book is very digestible and the program is quite practical if you take it one step at a time. Moreover, I am no longer constipated as I was prior to starting the Heartburn No More. I highly recommend it to all sufferers out there!

  • I’d just like to add one of the causes to the food list that I feel is very important and overlooked. I (and my daughters) suffered chronic heartburn for many, many years. I tried EVERYTHING. One night I started researching a different line and I realised I was suffering problems from gluten ingestion, probably predominantly wheat!!! Now I thought I didn’t eat that much of it aside from bread….boy was I wrong. Wheat is in everything. Pretty much a cheap (and nasty) filler. Particularly these days with their modifications of it. So I began eating gluten free and bingo, 3+ times per day heartburn (so mostly all day everyday) GONE!! Coupled with ACV when I have any relapses, I’ve pretty much cured it (I’ve gone back to normal bread on occasion as I’m a vegetarian so carbs are my life lol). The rest of my diet is completely GF, so I’ve eliminated all wheat sources that are not needed, you’d be surprised the things they put it in that are not necessary. Relief after 25 years!!

  • Speaking of mustard…..I’ve also found that a spoon of mustard also helps instantly cure the hiccups. Just be sure not to inhale as you take the bite of mustard. LOL

  • I’ve always notice that guzzling down about 4-5 big swallows of milk (doesn’t matter whether it’s whole or 2%) usually brings on almost IMMEDIATE relief….AND….helps me to belch in just a couple of minutes. WHICH is what usually helps to end the problem for me.

    • Sorry y’all….forgot to add that I’ve also noticed when I wake up with heartburn at night that simply getting up and walking/moving (such as getting up and going potty) for just a couple of minutes has also helped me. I know these things may not work for everybody….just trying to offer up ideas that have helped me personally. We’re all different. Hope this helps a few of you. HUGS

  • I’ve only had acid reflux a few times. It’s nasty. When I get it where t comes back up and leaves that nasty taste, Usually if I can suck on a mint – sometimes Altoids will get rid of it. Tums might also help to neutralize it. For the lady who wasn’t having any success- see a Dr. This sounds like something serious you don’t want to mess with. Sometimes it’s necessary to get medical help.

  • Interestingly, when I used to get severe GERD, I couldn’t drink milk to help because it held the acid at the back of my throat (rather like catarrh) and when I cleared my throat, the acid burned again! In the end, mine was soothed by drinking iced water and holding it at the back of my throat before I swallowed. More often than not, it took around two hours for it to completely clear. I’m actually wondering if a mango and/or passion fruit sorbet might have been a better idea. Since I retired it’s a rare occurrence, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy! I can only describe it as akin to actually swallowing hydrochloric acid.

  • Heatburn, acid reflex can cause Esophageal Cancer. hiccups, clearing your throat frequently can be a sign as well. Get a scope and not wait to see if these help. Esophageal Cancer is the silent killer because it is usually found at later stages

  • Bitters works for me, just a few drops. If you have that burning sensation in your esophagus (it really hurts!) take some honey, it really soothes and most likely helps heal, too.

  • I will have to remember some of these, since I am pregnant, I’m sure the heartburn will come. With my 1st one, I had it during the last trimester & chocolate milk was a great remedy.

    • That’s interesting Kelly, chocolate milk had exactly the opposite effect for me when I was pregnant…it just shows how diverse the remedies can be .

  • Gerd or extensive heartburn can be very serious and lead to cancer of the esophagus. The Kardashian’s Father died of this. The reason heartburn occurs is the flap that keeps the stomach acids from sloshing up into the esophagus isn’t working properly and is allowing those acids to enter the esophagus which has delicate tissue and causes a burning sensation compared to the stomach which is where the food is broken down by the acid. I have had heartburn perhaps twice in my life so I am not an authority but have worked in marketing for very large pharma companies. I can’t speak to all the remedies noted in this article but I can say that milk was thought to be a remedy years ago but actually does the opposite. Don’t use milk or buttermilk as a remedy. Trader Joe’s and I am sure other companies have a natural chewable Papaya & Pineapple Enzyme tablets; good for when you are on the go. I take this with me along with their Acidophilus & Probiotic Complex when traveling internationally in the event something doesn’t agree with me. It’s an easy fix. Also, I would recommend Omeprazole as a first fix if you have continued heartburn. It was the product that was first introduced before all the others (Nexium, Prilosec, etc.) entered the marketplace. If the discomfort persists, then seeing your physician would be the next step. Also, sleeping on your left side may help.

    • I completely agree with you about the milk, it’s always aggravated things. I was prescribed Lansoprazole, which I now take daily, my doctor changed me over to omeprazole, which didn’t work for me for some reason, he ended up prescribing double the lansoprazole dose, so just changed me back and it’s worked well most of the time.

  • Pineapple juice always GIVES me the worst heartburn. I am already on medication for Gerd so I very rarely get heartburn, but every time I drink pineapple juice I get terrible heartburn.

  • According to Dr Jamie Koufman, in her terrific book DROPPING ACID, a guide to controlling acid reflux, mint in any form is highly contraindicated as a treatment for GERD. It relaxes the esophageal sphincter muscle allowing pepsin to leave the stomach and come back up the throat.
    That would include any mint flavored antacids (Tums, Rolaids, etc) and peppermint herbal tea.
    Since I stopped putting fresh mint sprigs in my water and iced tea daily, my symptoms have been greatly reduced.
    Drinking alkaline water will also soothe an inflamed esophagus and not disturb the balance of digestive acid in the stomach. However drinking alkaline water in order to change your body’s pH through your bloodstream is a fallacy. The body regulates pH tightly, and different organs have slightly different pH requirements. And remember stomach acid is HYDROCHLORIC ACID!
    So a highly alkaline food or beverage is going to be neutralized, especially in your digestive system, before it hits your bloodstream.

  • My husband has tried everything you suggested…they did not work for him and has to take medication daily to control his GERD. I understand you are trying to help people but please dont say this is all you need to control heartburn, you are not a doctor…you might want to make that disclaimer a bit larger at the bottom of the post!

    • Hi Sally – I’m sorry that you’re upset about this post! I want to assure you that I put a lot of thought into providing any “medical” suggestions. While some cases of GERD are so extreme that they require daily medication, not everyone experiences such intense symptoms. Most people experience the occasional heartburn and are looking to avoid medication or antacids. The recommendations in this post are for these people. :-) My suggestions to drink tea, eat fruit, quit smoking, and avoid candy can only help someone – I would never suggest something that could be harmful to my readers. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that your husband is doing well! :-)

    • Hi Sally – please read up on wheat. If he hasn’t already, get him off gluten and or wheat. You can read my experience of it in these comments. I suffered for many years and all Dr’s wanted to do was keep me on meds, which can create serious side effects. It says so on the packet, but none of them wanted to address those concerns with me. I persisted with my own research and now I’m not on any meds, nor do I suffer HB. Only perhaps on occasion if I’ve ingested too much wheat.

    • Hi F.S. :-) The idea is that the apple cider vinegar indicates to your lower esophageal sphincter that there is now an acidic environment. This makes the muscles surrounding the esophageal sphincter relax, therefore soothing your heartburn.

    • Some people have problems not making enough acid, and some people may make too much, both of which can cause problems. So for some people, vinegar may help.

    • If you do a bit of research you’ll find the answer. What happens is you actually suffer low acid, not at all helped by drs peddling their poisons such as nexium etc. So, when you’ve eaten something that needs to be broken down with the acid there isn’t enough, so the stomach starts churning and twisting to coat the food in enough acid to attempt to do the job….thus it often rising up. A touch of apple cider vinegar does the trick. I suffered chronic heartburn for years and this was the last thing I tried because I felt exactly like you. I researched and researched until I came up with the answers and I’ve rarely suffered it since.

    • Hi Morty! Just click the green button at the bottom of the post that says “print friendly.” From there, it brings up a preview of what you’ll be printing. Just click on the photos and any text you don’t want – it will remove it and you can print just what you need :-)

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