Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. Some of the symptoms, however, are similar to those of a heart attack or heart disease. Heartburn is an irritation of the esophagus that is caused by stomach acid. This can create a burning discomfort in the upper abdomen or below the breast bone. Some people say âdon't eat so much' or âdon't eat so fast'. Others blame spicy foods, while others still blame acids. But the long-term goal of everyone is the same: how to pinpoint - and avoid - your personal heartburn triggers.
Causes of Heartburn
Heartburn occurs when stomach acid backs up into the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach (esophagus).Normally when you swallow, a band of muscle around the bottom of your esophagus (lower esophageal sphincter) relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach. Then the muscle tightens again.If the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes abnormally or weakens, stomach acid can flow back up into your esophagus (acid reflux) and cause heartburn. The acid backup may be worse when you're bent over or lying down.
Home Remedies for Heartburn
There are a number of natural remedies you can implement at home to rid yourself of the discomfort that comes with heartburn. Many of these solutions are very cost-effective as well.
1. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea prompts your stomach to digest your food at a healthy rate while reducing the amount of toxins in our digestive tract. Drink a cup or two after a large meal to calm your stomach down and relax your body.
2. Fennel Tea
Boiled fennel seeds are a great way to rid the body of heartburn. Fennel is also beneficial for cleaning out the liver and reducing fluid retention. Ingredients like basil oil and powdered ginger can be added to the tea to make it more effective. You can also drink the tea with an apple or celery slices about an hour before bed for comfortable sleep and a calm stomach.
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