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Natural Fast Heartburn Relief Tips

Natural Fast Heartburn Relief Tips

Today, I’m going to help you calm down your
heartburn, both in the short term and the long term, so stay tuned. If you’re new here, welcome. My name’s Amanda Malachesky. I’m a Functional Nutrition Coach and a Digestive
and Allergy Detective. I help you figure out what’s causing your
digestive problems and help you resolve them at the roots. So if you’d like to hear more about this regularly,
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week. Lots of people have heartburn and reflux that
it’s super uncomfortable, so today I’m going to share my favorite relief tips to help resolve
your heartburn, both in the short term and the long term. Using these tips, you’ll be able to stop your
heartburn in its tracks and also create a longer term strategy to prevent heartburn
before it even starts. Using these tips, my client, Andrea, resolved
some longterm heartburn and my client, Erica, resolved some shorter term heartburn. It’s pretty easy, really. So let’s get started. All right, let’s get straight to the point
of stopping heartburn in its tracks the moment it’s happening. The reason heartburn happens is because the
little muscle sphincter that holds your stomach closed at the top where it connects to the
esophagus opens a little bit when it shouldn’t and lets a little bit of that acidic stomach
contents into your esophagus and it burns the tissues. The very first thing you want to do to resolve
that symptom, that heart burning pain that you get with heartburn, is to drink a little
bit of baking soda, maybe a quarter to a half a teaspoon in a glass of water and just drink
it down. That helps neutralize the acid that is causing
the burning sensation and provides immediate relief. But this isn’t a great longterm heartburn
solution, because this actually lowers the acidity of your stomach. For lots and lots of reasons, we actually
want your stomach to be quite acidic to properly digest foods and to keep those muscles sphincters
working properly. The traditional heartburn treatment is to
use acid lowering medications like Zantac or Prilosec. These aren’t great in the longterm, because
we need that stomach acid to absorb nutrients, to protect us against infections, and to keep
those sphincters working properly. So instead, persistent heartburn is actually
often a symptom of low stomach acid, because low stomach acid is what allows that muscle
at the top of the stomach to open more easily. To support your stomach acid, I’d like you
to try including a little bit of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in a little bit of
water, just a couple of ounces, 15 minutes or so before a meal or you can use betaine
hydrochloride capsules before meals, as well. These techniques really work a lot of wonders
for digestive problems and I usually recommend them to almost all of my clients, and I see
pretty good results with this. If you want to hear more about this, you can
check out my earlier video How to Increase Stomach Acid for Digestive Health. Next, you’re going to want to identify any
food triggers that are contributing and remove them. Some common heartburn food triggers are ice
cold drinks, chocolate, citrus foods, onions, tomatoes, peppermint can be one, and oh yeah,
caffeine and sugar. And also alcohol. I found that people who drink a lot of alcohol
tend to have more heartburn. If you need a little extra support with this,
you can check out my video called How to Use a food Symptom Diary for IBS. That’ll walk you through the process to use
a food diary to help identify what your triggers are. Next, there are some lifestyle practices that
can help reduce heartburn, so I’m going to talk about some of those now. The first one is to avoid eating late at night. I think that our stomach acid maybe naturally
decreases in the evening into the, into the later nights, so that would be why. Additionally, if you struggle with nighttime
heartburn while you’re sleeping or reflux, you can actually prop your bed up on blocks
or bricks to elevate the head end of your bed so that you’re at an angle, or you could
use a wedge shaped pillow or just stack up pillows behind yourself so that you’re sleeping
slightly upright. This may help prevent reflux and heartburn
from happening. The next lifestyle tip I’d like to share is
to avoid drinking a lot of liquids with your meals, because this dilutes the stomach acid
that you’re already producing. A good rule of thumb is to avoid drinking
a huge amount of liquid within a half an hour before or for one hour after your meals. The exception to this as those couple ounces
of water I suggested you drink with your apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. It’s always a great idea to chew your food
really thoroughly and take your time with that step, and it also may help to avoid eating
right before exercising. And finally, don’t forget your stress relief
practices, whatever those are. We want to always be encouraging our bodies
to be digesting in a relaxed state. So if you meditate, or just take a walk, or
exercise, or whatever it is you like to do that calms your body and your brain down,
that’s a great practice to incorporate into your heartburn strategy. A few additional relief care options that
can help calm down the burning sensation in your stomach if it’s already irritated, are
things like aloe juice, which you can find at your health food store very easily. Slippery elm or marshmallow root prepared
in a tea can help, or deglycyrrhizinated licorice or DGL for sure. Those are usually chewables that you can eat
that help with your stomach pain, or bloating, or heartburn. And also, probiotics are a good strategy for
gut health in general just to make sure that that environment is looking good. If you try all these techniques and you still
find that you’re having heartburn, it might be time to start considering the fact that
you might have some kind of infection. A really common one with heartburn and stomach
issues is an H. pylori infection, which is a bacteria that can live in the stomach, but
it could also be triggered by other kinds of digestive infections, so you might want
to consider gut testing. If you want a little bit more information
about that, I go into this in a lot more detail in my video called Gut Microbiome Testing
for IBS, so you can go check that out. I’m curious to hear what you do to manage
your heartburn, so leave me a comment below telling me how you manage yours or let me
know if I missed something that you use that’s been really successful. I hope you’ve been able to get your heartburn
symptoms under control right away and that you have also been able to see how you might
create a strategy for the longterm to resolve your heartburn once and for all. When you’re ready to think more about how
to resolve your heartburn or other digestive issues at their roots, I really want to invite
you to grab your free copy of the Roadmap to Gut Recovery. It’s a simple self-starting guide that gives
you the whole picture of how I help people walk through the process of repairing their
gut health. You can find that by visiting confluencenutrition.com/roadmap,
and I will also leave a link for that below this video. And if you’ve already done a bit or even a
lot of this work and you’re really struggling with the specifics and haven’t been able to
figure out where to go next, I’d love to meet with you for a free 30-minute assessment session. I can help you strategize and come up with
your next best steps, and we can talk more about what it would look like for us to work
together. You can schedule that free assessment session
by visiting confluencenutrition.com/contact, and I will also leave a link for that below
this video. I hope these tips help you feel better. Be sure and there’d be a comment below if
you have something to add, and also feel free to ask me a question that you’d like me to
answer in a future video. I would very much like to do that for you. I will see you next time.

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