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12 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Heartburn

12 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Heartburn

Heartburn. A term so foreign to me before experiencing it for the first time. With symptoms so ominous, it comes with a slow-burn that makes you wonder when that ‘pop’ is coming and then you’ll lose consciousness like a heart attack, but of course, you never will. For the first time experiencing a heartburn, it can be that terrifying.

But Heartburns are common, especially for people who love to fill their stomachs to the brim. It is caused by the irritation of the lower oesophagael sphincter (LES) which is a valve that keeps stomach acid from seeping into the oesophagus causing the burn. A number of reasons can cause the valve to malfunction, such as smoking, stress or a lack of sleep.

Here are 12 ways to get rid of heartburn and prevent them from happening:

1. Drink Ginger Tea

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    The ginger root is best known for its properties to soothe any digestive issues. Grate a ginger root and mix one tablespoon in a cup of boiling water and drink. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory effects are one of the best defences against a heartburn attack.

    2. Eat A Banana

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      This low acidic, mushy fruit is a good combatant to heartburns. Bananas will stick to the irritated LSE to form a protective layer against “burning” acids and will soothe the effects of heartburn quickly.

      3. Oatmeal

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        Healthy fats have been proven to reduce the effects of a heartburn and a bowl of oatmeal is a fantastic food that is also rich in fiber. Oatmeal can relax the LSE and stop an acid reflux. Do take note that it is best to eat it with fresh fruits and not with heavy cream as the latter is one of the main causes for an acid reflux.

        4. Take Baking Soda

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          Sodium bicarbonate has a ph higher than 7.0 neutralizing stomach acid should the LES allow the acids to seep through. Mix half a teaspoon or one full teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water and drink the mixture.

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          5. Loosen The Buckle

            The episode of your acid reflux could be due to tight clothings that are binding your stomach. If need be, loosen up that buckle and allow your food to have a smooth passage through instead of suffocating your tummy.

            6. Over-The-Counter Antacids

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              The quickest remedy to take and if your local pharmacist is open is an OTC Antacid. Antacids are chewing tablets that are usually prescribed by doctors during the earliest symptoms of Heartburn. Antacids are the fastest heartburn relief that you can find that can neautralize stomach acids once it reaches it.

              7. Licorice

              Although there might not be enough evidence that licorice can get rid of a heartburn, scientists believe that chewing on pure licorice can help to coat the oesophagus lining. The key here is to eat it pure and not the ones laden with syrup. In addition, the chewing action helps to produce more saliva which can neutralise stomach acids.

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              8. Stop Smoking

              Smoking is the cause to many ailments and it is no surprise that heartburn is one of them. The main culprit for heartburns is nicotine which weakens the LSE which is the valve that prevents stomach acid from seeping. If you feel that your stomach is always in discomfort after a heavy meal, it is probably a good time to quit before a heartburn attack.

              9. Foods to Avoid to Prevent Heartburn

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                If you are prone to regular heartburn attacks, it is best to avoid fatty foods, bad oils and sweets. Foods like potato chips, brownies, fried foods and oily salad dressings are highly probable foods that can cause a heartburn. To prevent further heartburns, simply avoid these unhealthy delectables.

                10. Eat Smaller and Frequent Meals

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                  Eating your meals to fill yourself to the brim isn’t the wisest move to prevent heartburns. Instead, take smaller and healthier meals at regular intervals. This will allow your LSE to be released of the stressful pressures a full stomach can give which will increase the chance of a reflux.

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                  11. Lose The Extra Pounds

                  Shedding those extra kilos not only makes you look good on the outside, it also actually reduces the chances of getting a heartburn. Fat in the abdomen can put pressure on a full stomach inciting an acid reflux into the oesophagus much easier. Experts say that as little as 10 percent in weight loss can significantly reduce the chances of getting heartburn symptoms.

                  12. Chew Gum After A Heavy Meal

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                    It would come as a surprise for Chewing Gum to be in this list, but recent studies have shown that chewing on sticky gum can help force acids back into the stomach by inducing more saliva when chewing. The studies also show that people who chew on gum after a heavy meal has reduced acid reflux as compared to people who don’t chew gum.

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                    Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                    Boundaries are limits

                    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                    • When do you feel disrespected?
                    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                    • When do you want to be alone?
                    • How much space do you need?

                    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                    Sample language:

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                    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                    Final Thoughts

                    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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