The consumption of certain foods, cessation of smoking, raising of the head while sleeping and stress management are home remedies for heartburn, according to About.com. Consuming smaller, but regular meals and cutting down on foods that may aggravate the condition may also aid in alleviating heartburn.Continue Reading
A person with heartburn should consult a doctor prior to undertaking any treatment in order to rule out severe complications, including gastroesophageal reflux disease, About.com advises. Smoking not only relaxes the esophageal sphincter, but also triggers the production of stomach acid. Individuals should also stop drinking alcohol to avoid heartburn.
Aloe vera juice, turmeric and ginger, which are antacids, can help in reducing symptoms of heartburn, notes About.com. Turmeric may also help with digestion, while ginger may relieve nausea. Apple cider vinegar, chamomile tea and bananas may also relieve the problem. Other remedies include baking powder, a natural antacid that can also cure bloating, and deglycyrrhizinated licorice.
Caffeinated or carbonated beverages, citric fruits or juices, and peppermint can worsen heartburn, states About.com. Tomatoes and chocolate may also stimulate the problem. Elevating the head while sleeping prevents contents of the stomach from pressing against the lower esophageal sphincter, which connects the esophagus to the stomach. A person with heartburn should wait at least two hours after eating before going to sleep.Learn more about Diagnostics & Imaging