Heartburn, which affects as many as 60 million Americans each month, can be so intense that some have mistaken it for a heart attack. However, there are natural ways to reduce acid reflux that can also help you avoid potentially harmful side effects of prescription medications.
WebMD.com, a medical information website, says commonly consumed foods can trigger heartburn, and they include chocolate, orange juice, coffee, tomato-based sauces, wine and greasy foods. Therefore, cutting back on these items, as well as reducing portion sizes, can go a long way towards eliminating the painful condition.
Eating slowly and chewing thoroughly can help too, the source adds. Moreover, sufferers should eat at least two or three hours before lying down to give the stomach time to digest and empty some of the acids that can cause pain.
Among other natural approaches that have been recommended by heath practitioners are probiotics and acupuncture, while a recent study has found that beet root extract may be helpful for relieving symptoms the condition.
Alternative medicine expert and author Kevin Trudeau told NaturalNews.com that eating raw, organic foods and adding living enzymes to the diet can eliminate heartburn. He further recommends drinking a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar before eating.
Given that stress has been linked to digestive problems, eliminating it through exercise and yoga can bring additional benefits.