I had a few requests for something other than Licorice or Ginger for treating heartburn. Apparently some individuals do not like the flavor of Licorice, myself included. So in this post I will cover some alternatives to these.
First of all, baking soda is very effective for counteracting stomach acidity and leveling pH. There are drawbacks though. You must dissolve 1/2 teaspoon baking soda completely in 1/2 cup of water. If it is not completely dissolved it will inflame the esophageal and gastric tissues, leading to bleeding of the lining. Also it does not provide immediate or long-lasting effects and can only be taken 6 times a day. It also cannot be used for more than 2 weeks at a time. Elderly people over 60 should not try this option. Another drawback of baking soda is that it is very high in sodium, which can increase tissue inflammation when an individual already consumes too much of it. This is the one item that most Americans consume too much of as it is, even more than fat.
The Fennel and Licorice glycerite, made by Mother Gaia, and mentioned in a previous post, can be taken whenever, as often as needed, and indefinitely without damaging tissues. This is because it works with the body naturally, instead against the natural processes.
Another option I have found is Aloe Vera Juice. It must be a commercially produced version for internal consumption only. These products are purified extracts of the plants leaf. If you try to eat the Aloe leaf it will produce explosive diarrhea and damage internal tissues. Instructions for use are provided on the products packaging. This remedy has been used in Europe for centuries.
Chamomile tea is an effective, all around, anti-inflammatory and is very calming and soothing to any system. Mix in some honey for improved taste and effects.
Turmeric is very effective for reducing stomach acidity. Indian, Morrocan, or Middle Eastern foods are very high in Turmeric or turmeric containing Curry. The taste is acquired and often disliked. Turmeric comes in capsules that can be taken right before eating to reduce acid production.
Apple cider vinegar is fermented apple cider and contains high amounts of carbonate which is quite effective at reducing heartburn. One way to get this is mix 2 tbsp in your oil and vinegar salad dressing. Or drink a tablespoon right before eating. It is strong, but very effective.Finally the last option I found was to eat a whole Banana once a day to help regulate chronic heartburn. Dried banana chips are also effective. Bananas are high in the electrolyte potassium which is utilized in the processes of digestion and nutrient assimilation.
The physical and mental practices of exercise, meditation, and focused breathing are effective at relieving the stress that is often the cause of excess acid production and the associated symptoms of heartburn and indigestion. Regular, gentle exercise like walking, Yoga, swimming, or Tai Chi are very effective at reducing overall mental stress and the physical symptoms associated with it. Deep, focused breathing is immediately provides stress relief and can be done at any time of day.
Don’t forget peppermint. Both the essential oil and dried leaf are great for reducing heartburn and regulating digestive function. A few drops of oil in a diffuser or spray and inhale for quick relief of heartburn. Make a tea and drink for indigestion, heartburn, nausea, upset stomach, and even constipation.
All very simple remedies that will not injure your stomach or digestive processes. If you want to know more or if I missed something send me a message.