During the holiday season, there is no shortage of decadent and tempting foods. We give ourselves permission to overindulge on our favorite foods and drinks, and the result may be painful heartburn and indigestion. But these conditions do not have to be part of our yearly tradition. Both can make us feel uncomfortable, so we need to come up with a game plan to get relief and quickly. There are store shelf options, or you can try some all-natural remedies which may be just as effective. Here are 5 natural ways to soothe holiday heartburn & indigestion.
Instead of using the popular fizzy tablets, try using baking soda. Baking soda can be used as an antacid to help neutralize stomach acid. A teaspoon in a glass of warm water can quickly provide temporary relief from acid reflux. Drinking a solution of baking soda too fast can cause side effects like gas and diarrhea.
The Mayo Clinic suggests chamomile, licorice, slippery elm, and marshmallow as herbal remedies to soothe GERD symptoms. Licorice root is a powerful herb that soothes inflammation, promotes digestion, and is a mild laxative. Fennel seed and chamomile can also comfort digestive issues.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural, homemade, and effective treatment that prevents heartburn and acid reflux. It’s suggested that you can take one tablespoon before and after a meal. Not recommended if you have an ulcer though.
Ginger is one of the most effective natural treatments for heartburn caused by overeating, food poisoning, or other digestion complaints. Whether powdered, pickled, fresh, or tincture, it relieves the pain and discomfort of heartburn fast.
Digestive enzymes can help decrease chronic indigestion, assist with poor digestion, help break down food more efficiently, and help your body absorb nutrients from harder to absorb foods.
It all starts with our eating habits, so here are a few suggestions that will aid us in heartburn relief. We can take smaller bites and chew our food thoroughly. Don’t overdo it; eat smaller portions so your body can digest the food properly. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re not. You can always have a snack later. Don’t wear tight clothing; they restrict the stomach which encourages heartburn. Take a walk after your meal. It helps you digest food, which prevents heartburn. If you follow these simple rules, don’t get tripped up by the beverages or after-meal choices. In fact, choosing to drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages may trigger heartburn no matter what you eat.