Heartburn can be the nemesis for many people after consuming acidic or spicy food and citrus fruits; it can even be caused by medications. Nothing is worse than the burn that comes after a well enjoyed meal; the slow burn in the chest that makes one wince with dread. Heaven forbid you lay down as the stomach acid seems to works its way back up.
The cause of heartburn can be blamed on muscle around the esophagus which keeps the stomach contents separate from the esophagus. If it happens to relax or weaken, heartburn is quick to follow. Before popping an antacid in your mouth, consider for a moment the potential side effects they cause: nausea, constipation, diarrhea, or headache (Antacid, n.d.). Not to say this will happen, but they can.
Rather than chew on some nasty chalk-like tablet, head towards your kitchen cupboard instead. You can use either chamomile tea or ginger root as both are soothing and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Heartburn Relief Tea
- 1 Bag of chamomile tea, or
- 2-3 Slices of fresh ginger root
- Loose leaf tea infuser
- 1 Cup of hot water
- Bring fresh water to boil in a tea kettle or sauce pan
- Place the herbs in the tea infuser, then in a mug and pour in the boiling water
- Steep for about 10 minutes then remove the infuser
- Sip and enjoy either before a meal that causes the heartburn or afterwards to sooth your tummy
Doctors would likely say to avoid the foods that are causing the heartburn. I’m of the motto that if it tastes good, I’ll deal with the pain and make some tea later.
Antacid. (n.d.). WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-76860-769/antacid-oral/aluminum-magnesiumantacid-simethicone-oral/details#side-effects.