When stomach acid refluxes (moves back) up into your oesophagus (connecting tube between the mouth and the stomach), the burning sensation felt along the chest, and often times from the bottom of the breastbone to the lower throat is condition referred to as Heartburn. It is also know as acid indigestion or acid reflux and is a symptom of GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease).
Heartburn can be triggered by hormonal and physical factors, and some of these physical factors include: smoking, fish oil supplements, peppermint (especially after dinner), alcohol, caffeine, pain killers/ prescription medications: buprofen etc, carbonated beverages, acidic juices (grapefruit, orange, pineapple), acidic foods (tomatoes, grapefruit, and oranges), and chocolate.
Heart burn also occurs sometimes during pregnancy but in this case, it is harmless and yet uncomfortable. It peaks during the 2nd half of pregnancy and often continues until the child is born. It is caused by some hormonal and physical changes in the body of the pregnant woman.
Below are remedies that could help soothe heartburn and put your belly at ease.
1. Not the type but the amount: when trying to avoid or reduce the risk of having heartburn, the first thing to consider is not the type of food but the amount/volume!. So regardless of the type of food or how much you love it, eating too much it at once makes heartburn more likely.
To-Do: Eat smaller portions per meal. This can be achived by using smaller plates to trim your portions.
2. Baking soda: This serves as a base hence is helps neutralize then acid produce by and in the stomach and soothe heartburn . On the downside, baking soda contains a lot of salt and could cause side effects such as swelling and nausea.
To-Do: Mix a half or 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water.
3. Aloe vera juice:
The juice of this plan can be obtained naturally by peeling off the grind of the plant (the outer green skin) and blending the transparent part. Or alternatively mixing the aleo vera powder in the right amount of water. This is both an inflammatory agent and a laxative. It reduces swelling in the oesophagus and stomach.
To-Do: Drink a half cup of aleo vera juice before meals, but warns that the juice can be a laxative. Look for brands that say the laxative component has been removed, such as Aloe Vera Power.
4. Night Habits:
Lying down makes it easier for stomach acids to reflux back up into your oesophagus. So to prevent this,
- Use gravity; Place an extra pillow or two under your shoulders or to prop yourself up.
- Sleep on your left side as this can also help digestion.
- Eat at least two to three hours before bedtime to give room for digestion.
- Don’t do vigorous exercises before bed, try walking instead.