10 Ways To Help Ease Your Heartburn Symptoms.


What is heartburn? Heartburn occurs when acid from your stomach backs up and gets into the oesophagus - the tube which connects your mouth to your stomach. There is a sphincter muscle which controls the acid and food flow to the stomach, but sometimes it is weak or it opens at the wrong time and causes acid reflux. When this happens you get a burning sensation behind the breast bone in the chest which gets really distracting and uncomfortable if it goes on for a long time. You may also find your have more wind than normal and need to belch frequently. It can happen at any time to anyone but it is more common in pregnancy and after eating a lot of acidic food. There are lots of ways to manage heartburn and acid reflux - here are 10 of the best:

1. Does chewing gum help with heartburn?

Chewing a sugar free gum straight after each meal can stop the pain associated with heartburn. How does it work? Chewing gum activates the salivary glands and the saliva gets into the gut and dilutes the food more quickly. Gum needs to be chewed for about 30 minutes after each meal to be affective - and this is something dentists approve of too as long as it is sugar free gum every time.

2. Aloe Vera can treat heartburn

Aloe vera is a succulent plant originally from Africa which is most commonly used topically to treat sunburn and other minor burns, but it can also be taken internally for a number of ailments. You can buy aloe vera in juice or capsule form and its soothing qualities ease a range of digestive problems. It is used to re balance the digestive system and can be good for irritable bowels and constipation as well. Aloe vera juice can be taken daily as part of a well being diet as it is packed with vitamins and minerals, so you may find this is the answer to many ailments you suffer from.

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