If you get heartburn, you know the feeling well: a slight hiccup and then a burning sensation in your chest and throat. It could’ve been something you ate, particularly any spicy, fatty, or acidic foods: the jalapeño nachos with extra salsa or the deep fried onion rings maybe weren’t the best idea. Or perhaps you have gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is a chronic condition. Whatever caused it, you’ve now got discomfort and an upset stomach. What can you do when heartburn strikes?
We'll go over some quick tips to get rid of heartburn, including:
1. Wear loose clothing
2. Practice proper posture
3. Elevate from the waist up
4. Mix in a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water
5. Chew gum to help neutralize acid
6. Stay away from cigarette smoke
1. Loosen clothing
2. Stand up
Your posture might be contributing to heartburn, so if you’re sitting or lying down, try standing up. If you’re already standing, try standing up more straightly. “When you’re slumped down, your internal organs are compressed,” says Betsy Polatin. She’s a movement specialist who works with performers. “A simple and effective solution may be to lengthen and widen your torso and spine, as your head gently moves toward the ceiling.”
3. Elevate waist
4. Mix baking soda with water
You might have a heartburn remedy right in your kitchen. Baking soda will calm some heartburn. It works by neutralizing the stomach acid. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink slowly (drink everything slowly when you have heartburn).
5. Chew gum
Chewing gum could help neutralize acid, too. Dr. Atif Iqbal, medical director of the MemorialCare Digestive Care Center at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, recommends it. “Gum increases saliva,” says Dr. Iqbal. “Any acid that has built up in the gut is diluted and washed away or cleared out more quickly.”
6. Avoid cigarette smoke
If you experience heartburn regularly, you’ve probably heard all of the prevention tips:
- eat at least three hours before bedtime
- don’t lie down after eating
- avoid triggering foods like fatty and spicy foods
- keep a healthy weight
If you have heartburn more than two or three times a week, talk to your doctor.