At least once a week 60 million Americans do battle with painful heartburn symptoms. And if you’re one of them, when the gnawing burn starts, all you can think about is how to make it disappear.
Prescription medications and over the counter remedies can be pricey. And even worse, they can end up causing more harm than good in the end.
Which is why effective home remedies are so valuable. They offer rapid heartburn relief, but without the crippling costs and dangerous side effects.
Following are seven of my favorite heartburn soothing drinks. One of them is bound to work for your pain too.
Sure, it’s obvious. And that’s why it’s surprising that so many people overlook water when they need some quick heartburn relief.
In one Greek study, simple H20 kicked in faster than a number of ulcer meds. The water rapidly raised pH levels in the guts of the volunteers, driving down burning pain.
If you know a particular food tends to trigger heartburn in you, try drinking a glass of water before you eat it. And following with another tall glass after eating. And if the heartburn sneaks up on you at the first sign drink lots of water to reverse the burn.
2. Fennel tea:
People all over the world have used fennel seeds to relieve heartburn for hundreds of years. And fennel seed teas remain one of the most popular ways to battle the burn to this day.
Keep a jar of fennel seeds on hand on your spice rack. If heartburn should rear its ugly head, grab the bottle and brew up a cup of soothing tea. Grind up around three teaspoons of the seeds in a coffee grinder. Dump them into a saucepan and add three cups of boiling hot water. Cover the pan, steep for 10 minutes, then strain.
Sip on a cup to help relieve the burn. And to keep heartburn from striking in the first place you can brew up a batch of fennel seed tea and sip on it throughout the day, making sure to drink some before meals.
3. Baking soda water:
Baking soda is alkaline, making it natural antacid. It neutralizes stomach acid fast for rapid heartburn relief.
To make a batch of soothing baking soda water combine…
- a half a teaspoon of baking soda
- a few drops of lemon juice
- a half a cup of warm water
Stir to make sure the baking soda dissolves and drink down. I’ll warn you, it doesn’t taste great. But the heartburn relief makes the unpleasant taste far easier to swallow.
4. Chamomile tea:
Herbal medicine is widely practiced in Germany. There, plant-based remedies have been given special status, and are as studied and respected as drugs. Which is why chamomile tea is one of the most widely used home remedies for heartburn in the country.
To use this effective German remedy at home simply use one chamomile tea bag per cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for about 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags, pour into a mug and sip.
Like fennel tea, sipping on several glasses of chamomile a day could keep heartburn from developing in the first place. And should the burn catch you off guard, chamomile can help soothe the pain.
5. Aloe vera juice:
Pure aloe vera juice is naturally alkaline and an anti-inflammatory. Which makes it a natural choice for reversing painful stomach acid.
In a 2015 study researchers showed that the juice was every bit as effective at reducing heartburn symptoms as some traditional drugs. In fact, in some cases, it performed better than the drug. And it did it without any reported side effects.
To relieve the burn sip on a small amount of decolorized and purified juice. But don’t overdo it. High doses can backfire on you causing stomach upset or diarrhea. If you’re diabetic, don’t try aloe vera juice without talking with your doctor first. The juice can lower your blood sugar and combined with your meds could make your numbers drop too low.
6. Ginger tea:
Like the other teas on my list ginger tea can both help prevent heartburn and soothe the pain should it strike. The ginger can help reduce stomach acid production. And it helps calm your stomach.
To make fresh ginger tea peel some ginger root and slice off about two inches (the more you use the stronger the tea). Slice the two-inch piece into very thin rounds. Drop the ginger slices into about two cups of boiling hot water, cover the pan, and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Stir in a tablespoon or two of honey to sweeten your drink if you like.
Stop living in fear of acid reflux. Rapid heartburn relief can be just moments away with one of these soothing homemade drinks.