5 Ways to Stop Heartburn
If you’re like many guys, those hot wings taste amazing going down but they’re usually back for a 3 a.m. visit.
Heartburn, or acid reflux, affects 5 million Canadians at least once each week. The painful condition happens when stomach acid creeps back up where it doesn’t belong which can affect sleep and focus throughout the day.
Thankfully there are plenty of natural remedies to cool that throat fire. Check out the top five below:
1. Fruits and vegetables
You may not have listened when your momma told you, “eat your fruits and vegetables” but painful acid reflux is good motivation to give it a shot. Top acid-calming foods include celery, melon and bananas, but avoid acidic fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pineapple and tomatoes.
This wonder meal is low in calories, high in fibre and a good source of iron and B vitamins. It’s also a sure way to alleviate heartburn and keep you full. It’s a win-win!
3. Chewing gum
Saliva production helps alleviate any acid trying to work its way up. Pop a piece of cinnamon or fruit-flavoured gum after a spicy meal and it should help. Avoid peppermint and spearmint-flavoured gums which can increase stomach acid production in some people.
4. Up the fibre
What goes in must come out. A sure way to improve your gut health is by increasing the amount of fibre in your diet. It doesn’t have to mean a bowl of bran cereal every morning (although you won’t be going wrong). There are plenty of foods chock full of fibre like beans, brown rice and apples. Find a full list here.
5. Chill out on the booze and cigarettes
These two vices combined are a sure way to light your throat on fire. Nix the cigs, and if you’re out with the boys for a few pints, switch to water before you head home to help settle that gut before bed.
If you’re suffering through a bad bout of heartburn avoid caffeine and spicy meals for at least a week. If it persists or if you have any concerns be sure to see your doctor.
An Important Note:
Chest discomfort can also be a sign of something more serious, such as heart attack. If you think you might be having a heart attack, you should call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately, or have someone call for you. Click here for the signs of heart attack.
- Heartburn prevention. Accessed July 27, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/symptoms/heartburn/prevention.html
- Acid reflux, American College of Gastroenterology. Accessed July 27, 2015. http://patients.gi.org/topics/acid-reflux/
- Statistics, Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. Accessed July 27, 2015. http://www.cdhf.ca/en/statistics