Imagine this – heartburn strikes at the most inconvenient time and all you have at hand is tea, milk or some other home remedy you’ve heard about before. What do you do?
We’ve all been there. After a particularly satisfying meal, symptoms of heartburn – such as a burning sensation in the chest – appear1 and all we really want is for the discomfort to resolve fast.1 But when the closest pharmacy is more than a few minutes away, it might be tempting to rely on home remedies that we vaguely remember reading about instead.
It is actually quite hard to know which home remedies could help alleviate your symptoms and which ones might be doing more harm than good. There are a lot of claims and promises made, so we’ve tried to sift through some of the evidence for you.
Busting Myths On
Food And Beverages
When it comes to home remedies for heartburn, scientists have conducted studies to determine how effective common food and beverages are in helping with symptoms.2 Here are some of the findings on the most commonly suggested food and beverage remedies.
Now that we’ve covered some of the most common food and beverages suggested for heartburn relief, let’s talk about other steps you can take to help further reduce heartburn. After all, a few lifestyle modifications can be well worth the trouble if it means not having to deal with the uncomfortable symptoms of heartburn.
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- A Comparison of the Effect of Regular ENO and Placebo on Intragastric pH in Healthy Fasted Subjects . Does not imply relief