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Are you a heartburn sufferer? Us too, and that's how we found the fastest, safest and most effective heartburn and indigestion remedies out there. Unfortunately, many people are taking heartburn medications that suppress stomach acid, but this is often the exact opposite of what the body really needs.
Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD says of the stomach acid testing he conducted,
What we find 99% of the time is when people have those symptoms [acid reflux, heartburn, GERD] there isn’t enough acid down there [in the stomach].
The vast majority of people actually have too LITTLE stomach acid which is only compounded by conventional heartburn medicine. Once we realized this, the incidences of heartburn we were experiencing occurred less often and became more manageable because we finally understood how to treat ourselves.
There are long-term heartburn remedies we recommend as well, and while very important to a healthy functioning digestive tract, they require more time and don't address the urgency of a heartburn event. Regular chiropractor visits to keep everything in line and running smoothly are a must, and including healing foods in the diet that replenish the gut, correct stomach acid levels and promote complete digestion is essential. Bone broth, probiotics, fermented foods, raw honey, grass-fed collagen and healthy fats from avocados, coconut and nuts are some of the most gut healing foods you can consume.
Top 5 Quick and Natural Heartburn Remedies
These are our very favorite natural heartburn treatments that work fast. Each of our picks work with the body to stabilize or increase stomach acid, aid digestion or ease the mechanisms that cause the problem in the first place.
1. Natural Heartburn Relief Remedy
Looking for a quick all-in-one remedy? Our favorite OTC heartburn relief that’s an alternative to medicine is Maty's Acid Indigestion Relief. It's a beautiful apothecary remedy curated with truly natural and effective whole food ingredients including honey, clove, ginger and turmeric. We love this product because it actually works and we can grab it at the store (our local CVS carries it). There are also no side effects or drug interactions, and it's even safe for pregnant women!
2. Inclined Sleeping
This has been a key part of our effective treatment of heartburn. There are a few hiatal hernias in the family that cause a lot of indigestion and heartburn, so we've come to love the wedges that keep the heads of our beds on a slight incline, just enough to prevent acid from leaking into the esophagus. You can also elevate the head of your bed by putting risers under the feet, getting a gravity inclined bed frame that makes the legs longer at the head end, or a motorized adjustable bed base that lifts and lowers to your preference.
3. Digestive Bitters
Our second go-to heartburn remedy is digestive bitters. It's a tincture or extraction of bitter foods in alcohol that work for heartburn by activating the bitter taste receptors located all throughout the digestive tract when tasted on the tongue. I'll be honest, it tastes very bad (as the name implies), but if you can handle that aspect, you can experience some serious heartburn relief.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Pregnant women please be careful! Some components of bitters can cause uterine contractions. The ONLY digestive bitters known to be safe during pregnancy are the chamomile organic bitters by Urban Moonshine.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Stomach acid that's too alkaline can cause heartburn. Apple cider vinegar works by slightly increasing the acidity of stomach acid thereby improving digestion. Simple! We always use an organic, unfiltered ACV like Bragg. Mix 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar and ¼ cup of water. Drink and repeat every 5-10 minutes until heartburn subsides. We find that it often works in as little as 1 or 2 servings.
It's been said that almost everyone is magnesium deficient. How can this be? The typical western diet doesn't include nearly enough magnesium-rich foods like dark green vegetables, almonds, black beans and pumpkin seeds, and herbicides used on our food crops can effectively stop the body from absorbing essential minerals like magnesium even when we do get them through diet. Taking magnesium has many benefits, but it works for heartburn because it eases digestion, and also promotes proper functioning of the sphincter muscle when taken as a daily supplement.
Magnesium is better absorbed and utilized in the body when taken with calcium, so we recommend a supplement that has both like this one by Natural Vitality.
What's your favorite heartburn remedy?