Do you often reach for antacids?
Do you stash bottles of antacids in your car, office and home? Heartburn, like all other health symptoms, is a wise message from your body… and that message is not telling you to take a swig of Milk of Magnesia or pop some pills.
How heartburn works
Both acid blockers and antacids, the common treatments for heartburn, actually perpetuate a vicious cycle of attack on your poor esophageal lining. That’s because heartburn results from too little stomach acid, not too much.
Stress and poor diet reduce gastric juices instead of increasing gastric juice. That is one reason why we see skyrocketing numbers of heartburn sufferers in our stressed and unhealthy world. This low stomach acid not only leads to heartburn but also bloating, hormone problems, peeling nails, thinning hair, gas, constipation and more. Why? Because we cannot access the nutrients in our meals without adequate acid to break down our food.
Heartburn results when we lack stomach acid. It’s the stomach acid that signals the valve at the top of our stomach to close tightly. With low levels of acid, or when we overeat, that valve can leak contents of our into our esophagus.
Acid reducers and acid blockers work by lowering our stomach acid. Over-the-counter options cancel out the acid already in the stomach, while prescription drugs prevent our stomach from producing acid. This reduces the sensation of heartburn by making the stomach contents more alkaline, but it doesn’t prevent the stomach contents from leaking into the esophagus.
When we have adequate stomach acid, the valve at the top of the stomach is signaled to close tightly, preventing the acidic contents from leaking into the esophagus. This heartburn remedy helps signal the stomach to close this valve.
How this heartburn remedy works
This effective and natural heartburn remedy works the opposite way of Tums or Gaviscon or [insert heartburn medication of your choice here]. It makes the stomach more acidic, not less acid. This signals the valve at the top of the stomach to close and the valve at the bottom of the stomach to open – so food goes down, not up.
All Natural Heartburn Relief Recipe
2 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 – 1/2 cup water
Mix together and drink at the first sign of heartburn. You can continue to take this every 5-10 minutes until you have relief, but one serving usually takes action within just three minutes. If it tastes too sour for you, add a teaspoon of raw honey or reduce the vinegar to 1 tsp. Otherwise, just gulp it down.
For best results, take this with every meal and between every meal to help prevent heartburn.
Long-term heartburn healing
This remedy is a safe, quick fix for the symptom of heartburn. To address the root cause of heartburn, please see my post 8 Ways to Heal Low Stomach Acid Naturally.
Do you struggle with heartburn? Have you tried this natural heartburn remedy before?